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  • Administrator recommends tax decrease for next fiscal year

    May 26, 2016 | Read More News
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    Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry May 26 recommended to the Board of Supervisors that it cut the current county primary property tax by 10 cents per $100 of assessed value for next fiscal year. The tax relief was made possible by the county's successful lawsuit against the state of Arizona over Additional State Aid to Public Schools.

    Mr. Huckelberry had recommended a 10 cents per $100 increase for next fiscal year. He’s dropping that recommendation and, if the state doesn’t appeal the judge’s ruling, he's recommending that the 10 cents per $100 increase imposed last fiscal year as a result of the state’s school aid cost transfer also be cut. 

    However, if the state appeals the court's ruling, he’s suggesting the board maintain the tax increase from last year as a hedge against the outcome of that action, but not levy the 10 cent increase for the coming fiscal year, keeping the current tax rate the same. 

    The board is expected to consider tentative budget adoption June 7. The tentative adoption sets the ceiling for the county budget and tax rate before final adoption. 

    The 1% property tax cap and resulting Additional State Aid for Public Schools lawsuit is a complex issue. This memo from Mr. Huckelberry provides an excellent explanation of the history of the 1% cap and how the county ended up suing the state.