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Maricopa County BoS approves tentative 2021 budget

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is comprised of, from left, Bill Gates, Steve Chucri, Jack Sellers, Clint Hickman and Steve Gallardo./Daily Independent

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Maricopa County is putting hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funds to immediate use helping people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic while also pulling back on discretionary spending unrelated to the crisis.

It’s a one-two effort to best serve taxpayers during a time of national emergency, according to a press release.

On May 18, the Board of Supervisors approved a tentative $3.071 billion budget for fiscal year 2021. The bulk of spending is focused on core statutory responsibilities like public safety, with an increased amount dedicated to community health.

“These are difficult times. This budget focuses on what people need right now: investments in their safety, their health, and their economic wellbeing, all within our state mandates, all without raising the tax rate,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4. “Because we’ve planned well and taken a conservative fiscal approach during the good times, we have the capacity to respond effectively to this crisis while continuing to fund other priorities like planning and executing successful elections.”

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