Board of Supervisors Cuts Property Tax Rate, Invests in Public Health

“For the past year, we have dealt with one crisis after another. Responding quickly and efficiently to the public health emergency has been a priority, but now’s the time to look to the future. What we do today will determine whether we retain a high quality of life for future generations,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers, District 1. “This budget puts people back to work, provides a stronger safety net for the most vulnerable in our community, and invests in the infrastructure we need to make our incredible growth sustainable.”

“Our job is to be responsive to the needs of our community and respectful of the taxpayer’s hard-earned dollars. This budget does that,” said Vice Chairman Bill Gates, District 3. “The pandemic taught us how tenuous health and financial security are for too many in our community, and so we invested in those areas. At the same time, the Board wisely chose to lower the property tax rate and reduce our pension debt.”

“It has been a hard year, but I’m optimistic about Maricopa County’s future and pleased that, because of years of fiscal discipline from this Board, we are able to cut tax rates,” said Supervisor Steve Chucri, District 2. “In 2020, Maricopa County ranked first in economic growth out of more than 30 metro regions in the U.S. The budget approved by the Board today — and the property tax rate cut we are planning — will support the county’s economic momentum by easing the financial burden on residents while also prioritizing public health and safety.”

“My district is the fastest-growing part of the nation’s fast-growing county, and I believe targeted investments there — especially public safety investments — benefit our entire region,” said Supervisor Clint Hickman, District 4. “I know there have been a lot of other things in the news lately, but our most important job as supervisors is to make sure residents feel secure and this budget prioritize projects that make our communities safer.”

“County employees — especially our essential workers — have done an incredible amount of good over the past year,” said Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5. “They’ve made sure COVID-19 resources, information, and vaccine are available to everyone in our community and supported people who have lost jobs or businesses or homes due to the pandemic. With additional funding for Public Health and a brand-new Homeless Initiative, I have no doubt we will make a huge, positive difference in the lives of our residents in the coming year.”

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