1/2 cent sales tax for roads- Requires unanimous consent of Board of Supervisors to pass. It is not needed and I pledge not to support!
Pima County primary property tax rate is the highest in the State of Arizona. We must work to reduce our primary (operating budget) property tax rate by reducing wasteful spending, stopping the impulse buys of buildings, and closely monitoring expenditures to budget.
Pima County has bad habit of issuing COPS (Certificates of Participation) which is a debt instrument similar to a bond, secured by county buildings. These are NOT approved by voters and are paid back with annual operating budget which can easily cut into expenditures for essential services.
Pima County should be encouraging incorporations and annexations to reduce the burden on property taxpayers. Maricopa County is approximately 97% incorporated while Pima County is approximately 49% incorporated.
Pima County taxpayers have wisely said NO to bonds in recent years.
Taxpayers voted NO on the $815 million bond in as well as Prop 463 for Roads which was $430 million.
Due to the drop in Debt owed, it has resulted in the secondary tax rate for debt decreasing by 12 cents per $100 of Net Assessed Value (NAV) for FY 2021.