Pinal County Town Hall Oct. 22 to focus on taxes

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“Where Your Tax Goes” is the theme for the 28th Annual Pinal County Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at Poston Butte High School, 32375 N. Gantzel Road in San Tan Valley.

Registration and breakfast begin at 7:40 a.m.; the final session begins at 4:15 p.m. (see agenda below).

Only a handful of spaces remain, Town Hall Director Maxine Brown said by phone Oct. 21. The late registration fee is $85, according to the event website.

Approximately 180 delegates are expected to attend the informative sessions, according to a press release.

A pre-event reception and networking get-together will take place 5-7 p.m. tonight — Wednesday, Oct. 21 — at the LB Cantina On-the-Patio in Florence.

The overall goal of the sessions, Ms. Brown said in a press release, is “to equip citizens with information and knowledge to understand their Pinal County tax bill. We will hear from both sides: why and why not? What does that darn bill mean? The Pinal County Town Hall believes information on how the taxes work from the state down to the county and where they go from there will improve the knowledge of delegates and enable them to return to their community with a better understanding.”

This year’s speakers include Ken Bennett, government relations at Arizona Supreme Court. Mr. Bennett has served on a city council, the State Board of Education, as president of the Arizona Senate, as the 19th Arizona Secretary of State and the CEO of a private business. He will explain taxes at the state level with Levi Gibson, director of Pinal County Finance, providing information on how the county tax system works.

Arizona Tax Research Association will provide information on their findings regarding the Arizona tax system. The town hall will have panels representing cities/towns and special districts.

For registration or sponsorship packets and/or additional information, call Ms. Brown at 480-322-1626 or e-mail m.leather@mchsi.com.

AGENDA

28th ANNUAL PINAL COUNTY TOWN HALL “Where Your Tax $ Goes!”

THURSDAY, OCT. 22

7:40 AM – 8:40  

Registration and Breakfast

8:40 AM – 9:10 

Welcome and Introductions – Sandie Smith, Chair

Recognition of Sponsors – Patty Robinson and Cindi DeLoseur, Advisory Committee Members

Introduction of Pinal County Supervisors – Anthony Smith, Supervisor, District 4

Welcome – Cheryl Chase, Pinal County Chairwoman, and Supervisor District 2

Welcome – Douglas Wolf, Pinal County Tax Assessor

9:10 AM – 10:10 

State Budget Overview – Keynote Speaker: Ken Bennett, Gov. Relations, AZ Supreme Court

10:10 AM – 10:20             

Break

10:20 AM – 11:20

Pinal County Budget Overview – Levi Gibson, Director Pinal Co. Finance

11:20 AM – 11:40 

Arizona Tax Structure – Sean McCarthy, Senior Research Analyst, AZ Tax Research Association

11:40 AM – 12:50             

Lunch

12:50 PM – 1:40

City/Town Panel – Moderator: Frank Pratt, AZ State Representative

Bryant Powell – City Manager, Apache Junction

Gregory Rose- City Manager, Maricopa

Anna Flores – Town Manager, Town of Kearny

1:40 PM – 2:30

School Panel   Moderator: Jill Broussard, Pinal Co. Superintendent

Amy P. Fuller, Ed.D, Superintendent, Florence Unified SD #1

Kevin Kelty, Administrative Services Manager, Casa Grande Elementary SD #4

Chris Wodka, Vice President of Financial Affairs & CFO, Central AZ College

2:30 PM – 3                  

Break

2:45 PM – 3:45 

Youth Scholarship Candidates Round-Table Discussion –Donna McBride, Vice Chair

3 PM – 3:50

Special Districts Panel     Moderator: Dodie Doolittle, Pinal County Treasurer

Paul Bourgeois, Fire Chief, Superstition Fire & Medical Dist.

Douglas Dunlap, Manager of Finance & Accounting, Central AZ Project, Central AZ Conservation District

Chris Bannon, Canada Partners, Desert Springs DWID

4 PM – 4:15 

Scholarships Awards – Vice Chair Donna McBride

4:15 PM – 4:45

Wrap Up – Chair Sandie Smith

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