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County sets public hearing on property taxes

By JIM SECKLER/The Daily News
By JIM SECKLER

The Daily News

KINGMAN — The Mohave County supervisors will hold a special meeting Monday on property tax rates for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The supervisors will take no action but hold the public hearing on the county’s primary and secondary property tax levies and rates. The board is expected to vote on adopting the tax levies and rates at the Aug. 1 board meeting. The tax levies and rates are for county taxing authorities. Other rates include the school, fire and special districts.

At the July 5 board meeting, the board approved the truth and taxation statement, which states the proposed property tax rate would rise to $1.81 per $100 assessed value on a home. The board previously approved the county’s tentative budget and set a public hearing for Aug. 1 to adopt the final budget.

The current property tax rate for the 2010-11 fiscal year is $1.46 per $100 assessed value. If approved, the primary property tax for a $100,000 home would be $181.96. The increase in property taxes is 2 percent, which was limited by Arizona voters several years ago. At the last board meeting, Finance Director John Timko said the cause of the primary property tax increase is the devaluation of county properties. Primary property taxes are projected to increase $689,866 or the 2 percent as allowed by state law.

During the 2009-10 fiscal year, the primary property rate was $1.26 per $100 assessed value. For the 2008-09 fiscal year, the property tax rate was set at $1.33 per $100 assessed value and for the 2007-08 fiscal year the rate was $1.53 per $100 assessed value. The year before that the rate was set at $1.67 per $100 assessed value. The rate was $1.75 per $100 assessed value for the 2005-06 fiscal year and about a dozen years before that.

General fund revenue from the primary property tax for 2011-12 would be more than $35.1 million and from secondary property taxes is $19.8 million. Secondary property taxes come from the television, library and flood control districts.

Estimates in revenue other than property taxes include about $40.3 million. About $17.6 million of other revenue comes from the state sales tax and more than $6 million from the vehicle license tax for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The board of supervisors will hold its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the board of supervisors auditorium at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St., Kingman.