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PCC 2013 Property Taxes: Most Homeowners to Pay Less

June 4, 2012

Tucson, AZ – Most Pima County homeowners will experience a decrease in property taxes paid to support the Pima County Community College District during the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Taxpayers will see their combined property tax rates for PCC increased from 1.1094 to 1.1741. However, when factoring in decreased property valuations, the average homeowner may end up paying less tax to support the College compared to this year since the median single family residential property valuation decreased by more than six percent.

The College’s combined primary and secondary tax levies are proposed to be increased by $2.6 million. Tax levies comprise 37 percent of PCC’s $299 million operating budget.

Property taxes to support PCC comprise primary taxes, which help pay for College operations, and secondary taxes, which go to retiring the College’s long-term debt.

PCC is proposing a two percent increase in primary tax revenues, as allowed by state law. That revenue, combined with about $800,000 in taxes from new construction, will account for $2.6 million in additional primary tax revenue, and will help offset mandatory cost increases including Arizona State Retirement System contribution increases, employee health benefits increases, and other contractually obligated increases.

The College’s secondary tax rate is proposed to increase slightly from 0.0247 to 0.0257 and associated secondary tax revenues for 2012-2013 will be increased by approximately $5,000, to $2.1 million.

Pima County Community College District has released its Truth in Taxation information for its 2012-13 budget, in compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes Section 15-1461.01. According to the Truth in Taxation documents, the College is proposing an increase in primary tax revenues of $1,814,406, an increase of 2.0 percent over fiscal year 2011-2012. The actual primary property taxes on a home with an assessed value of $100,000 would increase $2.25, from $112.59 to $114.84.

The College’s elected five-member Board of Governors will hold a public hearing on the fiscal year 2012-2013 budget on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the College’s Community/Board Room at the District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd. A Special Meeting to vote on property tax levies and the budget follows.  The Board’s regular monthly meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Board of Governors’ meetings are open to the public.

For information about the College’s 2012-2013 budget, contact the College at 206-4850.

Read the Truth in Taxation advertisement that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star.

Review the College’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2013 Budget.

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Government Relations
(520) 206-4850