Property Taxes Going Up For Pima County Homeowners
This article authored by: Rob Hallberg
Late Wednesday the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted a new budget for 2015 which will result in a tax increase for Pima County homeowners. The vote was 3 to 2, with District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll & District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller providing the No votes. According to Chuck Huckleberry, Pima County Administrator, the increase is necessary due to a declining tax base, from a peak of $8.9 billion in 2009 to a projected $7.5 billion for 2014-2015. The increase maintains most services at the current level with budget increases for the Sheriff’s Department, indigent defense and parks & recreation. County employees will also receive a 50-cents-an-hour pay increase. Taxes on a $200,000 home will rise by about $8 per month.
There may also be more increases coming as well. Huckleberry is also asking the Board of Supervisors to consider further increases through a series of what are known as “decision packages”. Decision packages would each be subject to approval. Proposed increases include additional funds for the Stadium District, Facilities Maintenance and ROAD REPAIR. Passing all of the recommendations will result in an additional $8 per month for a $200,000 home. Although Huckleberry believes all of these additional recommendations are needed, he does not expect all of them will be approved. “We’re here to promote reasonable governance, not to create a shambles out of the county, because that’s counterproductive to long-term economic expansion and recovery.” Discussions will continue. Keep checking our blog for the latest on tax increases and other Tucson or Vail, AZ real estate news.
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