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How do you feel about the proposed property tax levy?
Residents share opinions on one of the special election’s ballot questions

In January, the Chino Valley Town Council called for a special election. On the ballot will be two questions, one of which asks residents whether or not to approve a $1.5 million property tax levy for a 20-year program dedicated to road maintenance and construction.

For a $100,000 house, the levy would be $200 per year or $16.67 per month.

When asked, where did voters say they stood?

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Al Sutherland

Al Sutherland said he was against it and mentioned he is moving out of Chino Valley to Paulden, citing issues he had regarding sewer connection fees and charges. At the same time, Samara Berry said she had mixed feelings about it, also tying it into matters concerning the sewer system.

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Cheryl Dennis

“They haven’t yet got the sewer system working in a broad enough area and affordable, and the things I was told when I did my sewer assessment a few years back were not carried out,” Berry said. “I don’t know

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Kathy Smead

that I want to give them any more money.”

Berry said she lives on Road 2 North, and while it is a busy road and repairs need to be done, she doesn’t see why people have to pay more taxes for it to happen.

Once the election gets closer, Berry said she may end up voting yes on the question, but first she wants

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Samara Berry

to know more about the financial side of things.

Kathy Smead said she wasn’t too big a fan of how much the levy would be per household, but also said the roads do need work.

“The roads are horrible, so I don’t like the horrible roads, but that seems kind of stiff,” Smead said. “That’s a lot of money per household.”

Cheryl Dennis said she is for the levy. It is not an enormous tax and would work, she said, adding that the town needs road maintenance and construction, Dennis said.

The election will be vote-by-mail, and residents will receive a voter information pamphlet 35 days before the Tuesday, May 21, election. Voter registration closes Monday, April 22, and ballots will be mailed soon after.

Anyone who needs to vote on-site can do so at Yavapai County Administration Services in Prescott, 1015 Fair St., during normal business hours and until 7 p.m. on Election Day.

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