Litchfield Park Property Tax Increase (May 2010)

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There was a Litchfield Park Property Tax Increase measure on the May 18 ballot in Maricopa County for voters in the city of Litchfield Park.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 781 (42.33%)
  • NO 1,064 (57.67%) Defeatedd[1]

This measure asked city voters if they wanted to approve a raise of the city property taxes in order to help close the budget deficit gap. At a recent city council meeting, residents were not allowed to talk about this tax issue, a situation that has raised a lot of controversy. The city council said they were advised to not let residents talk for or against this ballot measure but residents saw it as an infringement of their rights to free speech.[2]

Along with Gilbert, Litchfield had agreed to allow residents to voice their opinions at town meetings within a 15 minute time limit set out during the meeting for residents to discuss the issue. Although some council members felt that some residents abuse the right of free speech by turning their talks into personal attacks on council members or others. But advocates for it were more adamant in gaining the right to talk during town meetings.[3]