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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

If Pima County's tentative $1.1 billion budget gets passed, the primary property taxes will go up 8 percent , or about 28 cents per hundred valuation.

But include other taxing entities, and it will go up at least 33 cents. 

That includes the flood district, libraries, sheriff's and indigent defense.

The sheriff's department has been overspending its budget so the county will assess more in property taxes to give the sheriff a bigger budget.

"What happens when he overspends is we have to take it from somebody else," says County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. "We can't just continue to do that."

'Well that certainly would not be the way I would have done it," says District 4 Supervisor, Republican Ray Carroll.

Carroll voted against the tentative budget because "it does not reflect the smaller government, less employees that we hope to define us."

The County Administrator says the property tax increase begins the process of making up for the cuts which have occurred during the past six years of downturn.

"The issue is we have survived the recession and now it's time to start recovering the property taxes we have cut over the past few years," he says.

He says the alternative is to cut services or employees.

"It's obviously something that we wished we didn't have to do," he says.

Pima County's budget is nearly 20 percent less than it was in 2008.

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