With many of you heading out of town to avoid the heat, I wanted to provide you with a brief update following the June 16th Board of Supervisors Budget Adoption meeting for Fiscal Year 2015/16.
Yesterday the Board approved an $0.11 increase in the Primary Rate and $0.09 cent increase in the secondary tax rate. The new total property tax rate will be $5.92 - which is three and a half times more than Maricopa County's combined rate.
I did not support the tax increases and instead highlighted numerous ways to eliminate non-essential spending in order to avoid further impact to our local economy. Our libraries will stay open, (for now) but we must have an open, honest dialogue about how 3 consecutive tax increases will effect the region. With the Board's adoption of this budget, Pima County residents will have watched their primary property tax rate skyrocket over 28% since Fiscal Year 2013.
Here is a chart with an overview of home values and how the corresponding tax increase is estimated to impact you:
Thank you for taking the time to be informed and as always, please take a moment to watch some of the video clips below and the corresponding summary of each segment.
Ally Miller, District 1 Supervisor
Pima County Board of Supervisors