County treasurer says senator missed the mark on property tax criticism

County Treasurer Royce Flora

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

The Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office said it is fully complying with a law requiring it to mail out annual property tax statements, despite a state senator’s accusation that it’s ignoring the new requirement.

Sen. Vince Leach, R-Tucson, blasted county Treasurer Royce Flora’s office on Thursday for “thumbing its nose at state law.” 

During the 2019 legislative session, Leach sponsored Senate Bill 1033. The bill, which the Arizona House of Representatives passed unanimously and which passed the Senate with only four dissenting votes, requires county treasurers to send property tax statements to all mortgage holders. Prior to the new law, treasurers only had to send such statements to mortgage holders who specifically requested them.

But rather than send “detailed tax information” to all property owners, as it has for decades, Leach said Flora’s office instead sent statements that directed homeowners on how to obtain that information through its “clunky online system.”

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