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  • Board adopts tentative Fiscal Year 2023 budget; reduces tax rate for 5th year in a row

    May 18, 2022 | Read More News
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    In a series of unanimous votes, the Pima County Board of Supervisors May 17 approved the tentative budget for fiscal year 2023, which starts July 1. The votes capped the budget expenditures and tax rates for several property taxes that make up the overall county budget. 
    The Board set the tentative combined County tax rate at $5.0652 per $100 of assessed value, and the total expenditures for next fiscal year at $1.93 billion. The Board is scheduled to adopt next fiscal year’s budget at its meeting June 21. State law prevents the Board from increasing the tax rate at that meeting, though the Board could lower it if it chooses. 
    The new combined rate is 13 cents per $100 of assessed value lower than the current year and the fifth consecutive year the Board has reduced the combined County tax rate. The rate for next fiscal year is 91.32 cents less than the $5.9784 rate in fiscal year 2018. Those five years of reduced tax rates have allowed County property taxpayers to avoid millions of dollars in taxes. 
    Many taxpayers will still see a slight increase in their County property tax bill due to increased property valuations. Property values have been increasing steadily the past several years, with overall County property values up nearly 5 percent in the valuation year used to set this year’s tax rate. 
    There are two components to County property taxes – a property’s assessed value set by the County Assessor, and the tax rate, which is set by the Board of Supervisors. Using formulas set by state law, rates for the different County property taxes are multiplied by the assessed value to determine the tax bill. The County imposes four types of property taxes and the Board took separate votes on the rates for all of them. The board voted unanimously to: 
    • Approve the primary tax rate, which funds the General Fund that pays for most County services; Adopted tax rate: $3.8764 (same as FY2022)
    • Approve the Library District budget and tax rate, which can only be used to fund public library operations; Adopted tax rate: $0.5453 (an increase of $0.01 from FY22)
    • Approve the Regional Flood Control District budget and tax rate, which can only be used to fund flood control projects in the County; Adopted tax rate: $0.3235 (a decrease of $0.01 from FY22)
    • Approve the debt service tax rate, which can only be used to pay back voter-approved general obligation bonds that funded the construction of County facilities and infrastructure; Adopted tax rate: $0.32 (a reduction of $0.13 from FY22)
    Proposed Budget Highlights: 
    • New Road Construction ­ The tentative capital projects budget includes funding for the beginning of construction planning of the new Sunset Road Interstate 10 connection, which includes an extension to River Road; funding for the widening of South Houghton Road; and the County’s portion of a Regional Transportation Authority project to improve 22nd Street from Interstate 10 to Tucson Boulevard. 
    • Medical Examiner’s Building –­ The Pima County Medical Examiner provides forensic services to 13 Arizona counties including Pima, as well as receiving dozens of remains a year found in the desert, most of whom were suspected border crossers. The tentative budget includes construction of a new building that provides more space and modernizes the facility. 
    • Sustainability – Several capital projects will continue to increase the County’s sustainability programs to meet Paris Accord carbon reduction goals by 2030, if the tentative budget is approved in June. There are several new solar power installations planned for County parking lots and replacement of county building lighting systems with energy efficient lighting. 
    • Recreation improvements – There are several proposed improvements to County recreation amenities in the tentative budget, including a new campground at Canoa Ranch in Green Valley, and a new beach volleyball facility at Kino Sports and Entertainment Complex. 
    Other Budget Votes 
    State law requires the Board to also set the budgets and tax rates for improvement and facilities districts that are used to fund infrastructure specific to communities. The Board unanimously approved the tentative budgets and tax rates for Improvement Districts and for the Rocking K Community Facilities District.