Approved Pima County budget includes property tax hike - Tucson News Now

Approved Pima County budget includes property tax hike

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted a new budget in a 3-2 vote, creating tax increases for Pima County homeowners.

District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll and District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller voted no on Tuesday on the adoption of a nearly $1.2 billion fiscal year 2015 budget that starts on July 1.

County officials said the budget, which includes a tax rate of 4.3, will be 7 percent smaller than last year's and 20 percent, or about $300 million, smaller than the budget nearly seven years ago at the start of the recession.

The board said the raised primary property tax rate could help avoid more layoffs and service cuts, and will help fund supplementary budget requests outlined in the report.

Another change for the coming year is county employees will receive a 50-cents-an-hour pay increase.

The board of supervisors said over the past four years:

- property taxes reduced from $418 million in 2010 to $383 in 2014

- the county reduced general fund spending by 11 percent

- county staffing downsized by 1,200 employees

To see the entire report, visit the county's budget web page.

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