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Budget Adopted, County Tax Rate Reduced Featured

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Hold Public Hearing and Vote to Adopt Budget that Reduces County’s Tax Rate. 

 

Big Idea

  • The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year
  • The budget reduces the total County tax rate by 11 cents
  • The County’s 2020-2021 fiscal year general fund operating budget is $118.9 million, with a total County budget of $298.9 million.
  • On August 17, 2020, the Board of Supervisors will meet to officially set the primary and secondary property tax rates for 2020

 

On Monday August 3, 2020, at a special Yavapai County Board of Supervisors meeting the Board held a hearing, and took public comment, on the County’s 2020-21 fiscal year budget.  

The Clerk’s Office received two comments from the public.  All comments were provided to the Board members in advance of the meeting on July 31, 2020.  All comments will be included in their entirety as attachments to the minutes of the meeting.  Candy Atkinson and Ted Gambogi sent email in opposition to the Criminal Justice Center project in Prescott.   

Upon conclusion of the public hearing, the Board voted unanimously to approve the County’s 2020-2021 fiscal year budget, which reduces the total County tax rate by 11 cents.  The County’s tax rate includes the Primary Property, Library District and Flood Control District tax rates.    

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Brown said, “We fought long and hard to get this budget completed and to include a tax rate reduction.  Now more than ever Yavapai County residents require us to watch every penny and account for every dollar collected and spent.  I am proud of this Board, every Elected Official, and Department Director, that put in the effort needed to cut budgets where possible and postpone purchases when necessary. Reducing the tax rate by 11 cents was no small task.” 

The County’s 2020-2021 fiscal year general fund operating budget is $118.9 million, with a total County budget of $298.9 million.  The County’s budget this year will include the construction of several major projects that have been moving through the planning and design process for years, and include the Criminal Justice Center Project in Prescott and the Verde Connect Roadway Project in the Verde Valley. 

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Randy Garrison said, “A lot of difficult decisions had to be made for this budget.  Due to possible economic pressures, we asked our Department Heads to be creative and leave no opportunities unexplored, and they did not disappoint. Everyone worked very hard to keep expenditures down, and as a result, Yavapai County will be reducing our tax rate by 11 cents. I am very proud to be part of this effort.”  

On August 17, 2020, the Board of Supervisors will meet to officially set the primary and secondary property tax rates for 2020 that are under their jurisdiction and convey tax rates for all jurisdictions to the County Treasurer. 

 

 
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