Stuart Loosemore, general counsel and director of government affairs and public policy for the Chamber, said the math isn't as simple as comparing dollars and cents from last year to this year.
"They're dealing with the wrong set of numbers, just because they are so movable," Loosemore
"The range of factors we could fall into are set year to year.
Moving toward a 1.00 factor is the way you've got to look at getting to a single tax rate."
AWARE's numbers are technically correct, but according to Loosemore
, they don't tell the whole story.
The tax rate is measured per thousands in property valuation.
Not only do property valuations change frequently, the tax levy, or the amount of money the city needs to raise through property taxes, changes yearly.
The commercial factor, on the other hand, is calculated by comparing the commercial tax rate to a theoretical single tax rate.
This means the factor is static from year to year - cities with a single tax rate will always have a factor of 1, even if the actual dollar amount goes up or down.
puts it, the number has "fewer moving parts" than comparing dollars per thousand of valuation.
Crowell contends using the commercial factor without the corresponding residential factor is wrong because it does not show people the whole picture.
also argues using the commercial factor at all is misleading because in terms of pure dollars and cents, the gap
between the two rates increased.
"It's disturbing because the information is there in black and white," she
tried to put his
point in dollars and cents by translating last year's rates into what they would be with this year's property valuations and levy.
To do this, he
multiplied last year's commercial factor by this year's hypothetical single tax rate, $23.45.
This results in an adjusted commercial rate of $31.79 for last year, which puts the rate this year 6 cents lower, supporting his
claim that the city is moving closer to equality across residential and commercial tax rates.
Crowell remains unconvinced by Loosemore's
mathematics wizardry, just as Loosemore
believes in his
system and discounts Crowell's intuitive view.
Both sides are happy with the result of the latest tax vote, and no equation is going to change their mind.
"Anytime both sides can meet in the middle and agree on something, even though that's not exactly what happened this time, I think that's good," Loosemore