Municipal and County Government

East Valley Tribune
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sarah J. Boggan
Queen Creek has the highest per capita municipal debt in Arizona, and neighboring Gilbert ranks seventh for total municipal debt.
The Arizona Republic
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Kevin McCarthy
Dramatic fluctuations in the real-estate market in recent years have caused considerable unrest among property taxpayers across Arizona. Beginning in 2005, the Arizona real-estate market skyrocketed, particularly in the residential-housing market. As they are constitutionally required, county assessors responded to the market by increasing property valuations for property-tax purposes. In Maricopa County, residential properties increased 60 percent in most cases.
East Valley Tribune
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Beth Lucas
Gilbert voters will be asked to approve several provisions on Tuesday’s ballot, including a $174 million bond issue aimed at improving town roads and an $82 million school construction bond package. Town and school district officials argue proceeds from the bond issues, repaid through homeowner property taxes, will fill vital needs in the growing area. Traffic congestion is the biggest complaint throughout the town, said Town Councilman Don Skousen.
Parker Pioneer
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Joan M. Travis
Jennifer Schuldt of the Arizona Tax Research Association, asked a variety of questions about La Paz County's finances at the annual interview with the Board of Supervisors. ATRA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization which analyzes each Arizona county's financial picture and tax rate. Schuldt, who serves as vice president of ATRA has come to La Paz several times prior; and informed the supervisors La Paz County was her final county stop, at the Aug. 1 meeting.
East Valley Tribune
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Sarah Boggan
The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved a tentative $498 million budget this week, topping last year's budget by nearly $100 million. County officials said the 2007-08 fiscal year budget will reduce the primary property tax rate and will put money toward public safety and transportation.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Pat Flannery
New sales taxes may be in the future for some Valley residents as cities grasp for ways to widen growth-choked freeways ahead of the schedule approved by voters only 14 months ago.
The Arizona Republic
Thursday, January 5, 2006
Matthew Benson
Call it a finger in the dike, or one small step, but Maricopa County officials took action Wednesday to ward off sticker shock when residents pay their 2006-07 property taxes.
Explorer News
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Aubin Taylor
August 25, 2004 - On Aug. 16, county supervisors across the state set property tax rates for their constituents. In Pima County, the Board of Supervisors did what they've done for the past five years. They kept the primary tax rate at $4, for a combined county property tax rate of almost $5.50 per $100 of assessed value, a slight dip over last year. Yet the amount of taxes collected continues to rise steadily.
Capitol Media Services
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Howard Fischer
PHOENIX - A House panel gave its approval Tuesday to letting five border cities spend more money. HCR 2026 would alter a provision of the state constitution that limits each city's spending based on a formula. The net effect would be a higher expenditure limit for small border-area communities.
Today's News-Herald
Wednesday, December 31, 2003
Brian Wedemeyer
Two citizen groups both claim they are having a tough time getting Mohave County to provide information about its finances.