Note to Pima County taxpayers from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberryby Pima County News on Sep. 07, 2011, under Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tucson
Pima County, Ariz. – Here is a note to Pima County taxpayers from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, issued on Sept. 7, 2011:
Your 2011 Property Tax Bill
By C.H. Huckelberry, Pima County Administrator
This week and next, Pima County will mail out approximately 451,000 property tax bills for the various property taxing jurisdictions within the County.
Today, there are 95 separate levies for the different taxing jurisdictions: school districts, fire districts, the City of Tucson, Pima Community College and numerous other special districts. The County is responsible for only four of the 95 different tax levies that may be assessed against your property.
Your property tax bill is determined by your property’s assessed value and the various tax rates set by the property taxing jurisdictions. It is likely your property’s assessed value, which is set by the County Assessor, has declined, since this value reflects, but lags, the fair market value of your property.
In addition, the total taxes collected by Pima County through our four property tax levies have declined from last year. In total, these levies are reduced by $18.4 million. We wish we’d been able to reduce them further; however, the Arizona Legislature diverted County revenues to balance their budget. Hence, your property tax from the County would have been less except for the actions of the State Legislature.
We would like to help you understand the property tax bill you have just received or are about to receive. We are able to answer any questions you may have regarding your tax bill, and provide you with the appropriate telephone numbers of other property taxing jurisdictions that make up your property tax bill.
Please call the County’s Property Taxpayer Assistance Helpline at 520-740-8650 or 520-740-8750 or email us at PimaTax@pima.gov, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your property tax bill. Property tax bill information will also be available online at http://www.pima.gov/Taxes/index.shtml beginning September 8.
Understanding your tax bill and who is responsible for levying the various property taxes you pay is important, and we stand ready to assist you with any concerns you may have. Please do not hesitate to contact us.