Mesa vice mayor balks at property tax hike

By Gary Nelson | The Arizona Republic

A proposed increase in Mesa’s city property tax may not be a slam dunk in this year’s budget discussions.

Vice Mayor Alex Finter
Vice Mayor Alex Finter

Vice Mayor Alex Finter told the city council this week that he wants another way to balance the budget besides an overall $2.2 million hike in the property tax that Mesa uses to pay general-obligation bond debt.

The increase, which would add about $10 a year to the bill of an average-value home, was among the proposals set out by City Manager Chris Brady as the deadline for a 2013-14 spending plan approaches.

Brady’s plan includes not only the property tax hike, but 2 percent increases in water, sewer and residential trash-pickup rates.

Utility rates can be something of a moving target in city budget projections.


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