The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona has supported the funding of Arizona’s education system to ensure that we have an educated and qualified work force to ensure a vibrant economy for Arizona. Unfortunately, Proposition 204 does nothing to achieve those goals. We oppose Prop 204 for the following reasons:
It is a permanent one percent sales tax increase that is not a comprehensive approach to improving education in Arizona.
It lacks the ability to change the use of the funds if Arizona’s priority changes.
It allows for rewards to be distributed to schools regardless of performance level without specifying new programs or alternatives for failing schools to improve.
Was drafted in secret without public input or discussion with those who were elected by the voters to decide how the state budget is funded.
Allows a few groups to determine how funding for education, healthcare and transportation are determined while tying the hands of those who were elected to make such decisions.
Let the temporary sales tax increase expire as the voters desired when they approved the tax increase in 2010. Now is not the time to raise taxes as mandated by this ill advised plan.
Vote No on Prop 204
Connie Wilhelm, President, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, Phoenix
Spencer Kamps, Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, Phoenix