I am Steve Urie - the current Arizona State Representative
(R) for District 22, a former Gilbert Town Councilman of 11 years, a small businessman for 27 years, and a Gilbert resident for 28 years. I am a fiscal conservative and a pragmatic Republican.
As an Arizona State Representative, I voted for reforms in taxes, regulations, civil justice,
and education. In the first session, I voted for a structurally balanced budget
that created a surplus in the second session budget. These legislative actions
and regulatory reforms moved Arizona from the least desirable western state to conduct business, to the third most desirable western state. And, in 2014, when the reforms in taxes, regulations, civil justice, and education are fully implemented, Arizona will be the most business friendly location of the eleven western states.
As a Gilbert Town Councilman, I voted for eleven (11) balanced budgets with no deficits, no gimmicks, no borrowing, no smoke,
no mirrors. The Town had the lowest number of employees per capita of any municipality in Maricopa County. It had the lowest sales tax rate in the county. The Town does not have a primary property tax. It has no use tax. Municipal funds were budgeted to create a surplus, increase the “rainy day” account,
and improve the Town’s municipal bond rating. I voted twice in 2001 and 2002, to reduce property taxes.
I voted to save tax payer dollars by partnering with other municipalities and school districts on a waste water treatment facility, a water treatment facility, a joint use facility for school buses and town vehicles, and a library. I voted to save tax payer dollars by partnering with non-profit sports organizations to provide recreational sports. I voted to save tax payer’s dollars by partnering with the Arizona Department of Transportation and
the Maricopa County Flood Control to turn retention basins into award winning parks.