By Mark Cowling | Pinal Central
FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors approved tax levies and rates for every jurisdiction in the county Friday morning.
Vice Chairman Jeff Serdy, R-Apache Junction, expressed displeasure at seeing some tax levies rise in a recession.
Supervisor Steve Miller, R-Casa Grande, said the board has worked to reduce the one it controls, Pinal County’s primary property tax rate, which falls by 13 cents this year. Over the last 12 years, Pinal County’s primary rate has fallen from $3.99 per $100 of net assessed value to $3.56 approved Friday.
The actual tax levy has gone up $8.8 million in that time, while population has increased by 62,500, including 25,000 residents from unincorporated areas, which require more services from the county. When inflation is considered, “we’re actually lowering taxes, even though that tax levy has increased,” Pinal Budget Director Angie Woods told the board.