Pima County is off the hook for millions in tax liabilities

Arizona Daily Star
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Murphy Woodhouse

Pima County will recoup some legal fees and can rest easy that the state will not appeal a Maricopa County Superior Court judge’s May ruling that freed the county of a nearly $16 million liability.

Those are some of the terms of a settlement recently reached between the state and county, ending a legal battle over how to handle situations in which homeowners are assessed primary property taxes that exceed 1 percent of their property’s value. The settlement was approved by the defendants this week and will be considered by the Board of Supervisors at its regular meeting Monday.

Pima County will be reimbursed roughly $53,000 in attorneys’ fees it paid Arizona when the case was reviewed by the Arizona Supreme Court. Both parties will cover their own attorneys’ fees accrued during the lawsuit. Pima County will withdraw an application to recoup roughly $164,000 in such costs, county lobbyist Michael Racy said of the agreement.

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