Legislature Mulls Grand Canyon University Tax Cut

February 06, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature is considering giving a multi-million dollar property tax break to a private Christian university in suburban Phoenix that plans to expand to Mesa and possibly Tucson.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 6-1 on Wednesday to cut the property taxes Grand Canyon University must pay every year by reclassifying it into a much lower rate. The university has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into expanding its campus at 33rd Avenue and Camelback Road in recent years and plans to start construction on a $200 million Mesa facility this year.

Grand Canyon lobbyist Kevin DeMenna told the committee university officials got sticker shock from the increased property tax bills and needed the rate cut to keep growing in Arizona.

Other taxpayers will likely see increases to make up the difference.