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  • County Administrator submits recommended FY2016 budget to board

    Apr 30, 2015 | Read More News
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    Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry April 30 submitted his recommended fiscal year 2015-2016 budget to the Board of Supervisors. While the overall budget total is less than the current year, Huckelberry is recommending a 2.6 percent increase to the county’s primary tax rate and a 3.2 percent total tax rate increase.

    However, he suggests to supervisors they could reduce the county’s tax rate significantly if the county were able to convince the state to stop demanding more than $100 million of county taxpayer money to pay for state costs, and if the board were to approve a half-cent countywide sales tax. He also suggested the board could ask county voters to approve a quarter-cent countywide sales tax to pay for the county jail.

    The only reason for a requested primary property tax increase, Huckelberry wrote to the board, is the up to $23 million in state costs Gov. Doug Ducey and the Legislature transferred to the county when passing the state budget in March. The cost transfers this year are in addition to existing cost transfers required by the state, and all totaled amount to $106 million.

    The Administrator is recommending to the board that it increase the primary property tax rate by 10.98 cents per $100 of assessed value to raise the revenue necessary to pay for the bulk of the state cost transfers.

    The county will challenge the legality of the largest portion of the state cost transfer, which is related to state aid for education, and if a court invalidates the transfer, the tax rate increase would be reversed. The balance of the state cost transfers has been accounted for in the budget through an across-the-board 2 percent reduction of General Fund expenditures.

    The Board of Supervisors also oversees the county Library and Flood Control districts, which are funded with separate property taxes. Huckelberry is recommending small tax rate increases for those districts to balance their budgets. The suggested rate increase for the Library District significantly reduces the need to close four libraries, but efficient cost control measures are still needed to insure the libraries operate efficiently, Huckelberry told the board.

    The Board of Supervisors is expected to hold its first public hearing on the recommended budget May 12. The final budget has to be approved in June in time for the start of the state’s fiscal year July 1.

    Read the entire 678-page recommended FY2016 budget.

    Comment on the Administrator's recommended budget

    To comment on the budget, go the County Budget webpage and click on the Feedback button on the right side of the page or you can use this link.

    Recommended Budget numbers at a glance:

    Total Budget:
    $1.16 billion ($23.5 million less than the current fiscal year’s budget)
    Recommended Primary Property Tax Rate:
    $4.3877 per $100 of assessed value (10.98 cents more than the current fiscal year).
    Recommended Library District Tax Rate:
    49.53 cents per $100 of assessed value (6 cents more than the current fiscal year)
    Recommended Regional Flood Control District Tax Rate:
    31.35 cents per $100 of assessed value (1 cent more than the current fiscal year)
    Recommended Total County Property Tax Rate:
    $5.8965 per $100 of assessed value (17.98 cents more than the current fiscal year)
    Recommended General Fund Expenditures:
    $543.2 million (which is $19.1 million less than the current fiscal year)
    Recommended Capital Improvement Budget:
    $81.36 million ($58 million less than the current fiscal year)