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  • Administrator sends Board proposed FY '17 budget

    May 02, 2016 | Read More News
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    Board of supervisorsPima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry April 29 delivered his recommended budget for fiscal year 2017 to the Board of Supervisors. The $1.23 billion proposed budget is 5.1 percent more than the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    The county continues to struggle with cost shifts from the state to the county, Huckelberry told the board in his transmittal memorandum. State cost transfers account for nearly 30 percent of the current county primary property tax rate. Cost transfers this year total nearly $19 million, including more than $15 million for local school districts to pay for additional aid to public schools, which the state stopped paying for last year after 35 years of having done so. 

    To pay for the aid to public schools, the Administrator is recommending a 10.3-cents per $100 of net assessed value increase in the county’s primary tax rate. That’s similar to the $10.98-cent increase to the primary property tax rate adopted by the board last year to pay for aid to public schools. 

    The county is currently suing the state over the constitutionality of the public school cost transfers. Huckelberry said that if not for the state aid to public school costs, the county would not have had to raise the primary property tax rate this fiscal year and he would not be recommending an increase for next fiscal year.

    Another challenge to the budget is county staffing and pay. Since the recession, the county has reduced its workforce by 13.5 percent, excluding the Sheriff’s department. Meanwhile, salary increases have been few and generally associated with changes in county benefits. 

    Staffing for next fiscal year remains static in the budget, with only two new FTEs added. County employee representatives have asked the board at recent board meetings for additional compensation for all county employees. 

    The administrator also advised the board that the state Legislature is considering a one-time increase to state Highway User Revenue Fund distributions, which if approved, could provide the county a nearly $7 million boost in transportation funds. If the increased funding occurs, the administrator is recommending that all of the increase be used for pavement preservation on arterial roads and collector streets in the unincorporated county next fiscal year. 

    Read the entire recommended budget.


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