Pima County wants to raise property tax rate to repair roads - Tucson News Now


Pima County wants to raise property tax rate to repair roads

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PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Just hours after Tucson voters approved a sales tax increase, Pima County announced plans for a property tax increase.

On Wednesday, May 17, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry filed an amendment to the budget to fund road repairs on neighborhood streets.

The plan is expected to raise $19.5 million a year over five years.

More information on the plan can be found HERE. The county is asking for feedback on the plan HERE.

Unlike the sales tax in Tucson, voters won't get final say. The plan only needs to be approved by a simple majority of the Pima Board of Supervisors, that will vote at the May 23 meeting.

The Pima County plan would increase homeowners' tax liability by 25 cents for every $100 of value of the property.

The county said for 2018 the increase to homeowners would actually only be 14 cents as the primary property tax, the Flood Control District rate and the Library District property tax will be lowered.

According to the county, a person with a home worth $180,000 would pay about $19 in additional taxes under this rate.

According to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, "all revenues must be used exclusively for pavement preservation, pavement repair and road resurfacing."

The county says the money would be used to restore and maintain neighborhood streets, not the main arterials, which have been getting the lion's share of money from the general fund for the past four years.

"The funds will be put to repairing local streets, neighborhood streets, subdivision streets," said Carmine DeBonis, a deputy County Administrator. "No administration funds will be taken out of those funds."

There is no word yet on how these reductions would affect the county's library system or flood control operations. The rate cuts for the flood control district and library district would end after one year.

The county says because of an increase in assessed valuation and economic growth, the budget should be able to absorb the increase next year so it would be revenue neutral in the final four years.

The road repair money will also be shared by incorporated municipalities - Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, South Tucson and Tucson.

It will also be distributed to each district on a proportional basis. 

On Tuesday, May 16, a half-cent sales tax increase was passed by voters in Tucson. It is expected to raise $250 million over five years and the cost will be about $3 per person per month.

About $150 million will be used to replace vehicles for the Tucson police and fire departments. The other $100 million will pay for repairing Tucson streets.

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