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  • Supervisors cut county property tax rate by 6.2%, approve FY 2019 budget

    Jun 19, 2018 | Read More News
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    Cienega CreekThe Board of Supervisors June 19 adopted the Fiscal Year 2019 budget, which lowers the combined county tax rate by 37 cents per $100 of taxable net assessed value. The primary property tax rate cut is the largest in the past 32 years. The Arizona fiscal year begins July 1.

    The board was prepared to vote on a budget that cut the primary property tax rate by 14 cents, which was the second part of a two-year plan to offset a 25-cent per $100 of taxable net assessed value primary property tax rate imposed last year to fund road repairs. However, during discussions over how to fund regional road repair, the board decided to eliminate the 25-cent tax rate and left the 14-cent tax rate reduction as is, creating a combined primary property tax cut of 39-cents per $100 of assessed value.

    There are several taxes that make up the county’s total combined tax rate. The primary property tax, which provides the revenue for the General Fund; the Flood Control District secondary property tax, which pays for the operations of the Regional Flood Control District; the Library District secondary property tax, which pays for the operations of the countywide Public Library system; and the Debt Service secondary property tax, which pays back voter-approved bonds. In addition to the primary property tax rate reductions, the board slightly increased the rates for the Library and Flood Control districts and reduced the Debt Service rate slightly.

    The board took separate votes for each part of the budget. The vote for the primary property tax was 3-2, with supervisors Ally Miller and Steve Christy, voting against adoption. The vote for the Flood Control District tax was 4-1, with Supervisor Miller voting no; the Library District vote was 4-1, with Miller also voting no, and the debt service vote was 5-0. The board also approved the budgets for the Stadium District, which pays for the operation and maintenance of Kino Sports Complex, and it approved the budgets for about two dozen improvement districts and the Rocking K South Community Facilities District.