Property Taxes are handled by the Maricopa County Assessor
For general information please visit the Maricopa County Assessor webpages below:
Where do my property taxes go?
Several government agencies receive a portion of your property tax dollars, with public education receiving the vast majority. Property taxes are an important source of revenue for city services we all depend on. On your property tax bill you can see which agencies collect property tax, each agency’s tax rate, and the exact amount each agency receives.
How much of the City budget do my property taxes represent?
The sum of primary property taxes collected make up less than 5% of the City General Fund. The FY 2017 tax levy totals $5.9 million, with $2.1 million going toward providing basic services, and $3.2 million to voter approved debt services.
How does the City use my property tax dollars?
Under Arizona’s two-tiered property tax system, primary, or “limited,” property taxes provide general funds for basic government services. The secondary, or “unlimited,” property taxes pay for voter-approved bonds which fund construction of public facilities and infrastructure.
Does the City decide the property tax rate?
Each year the City Council approves the property tax rate during the budget process based on the amount needed to make debt payments and fund basic services. Other agencies collecting property taxes follow a similar procedure. City Council welcomes public input on the budget and taxation process; please check the council schedule for the upcoming meetings.
How are my property taxes calculated?
Your taxes are based on the assessed value of your property. Residential properties are assessed at 10% of full cash value for secondary property taxes and 10% of limited property values for primary property taxes. Commercial properties are assessed at 18% of property values. Each taxing jurisdiction (city, school district, county library, flood control district, etc.) sets a rate to raise the revenue they need within limits established by state law, and your property tax bill is the total of each of those jurisdictions’ rates applied to your assessed value. These rates and amounts can be found on your tax bill.
What determines whether my taxes go up or down?
There are three factors: the tax rate set by each taxing jurisdiction, the assessed value of your property and the assessed value of all other property in the City as determined by the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office.
Why can’t the City just keep my taxes exactly the same as they were last year?
Property taxes cannot remain the same each year, primarily because property tax rates are based on property values which are affected by market conditions. The City has issued voter approved bonds for facilities and infrastructure which must be repaid on schedule, much like a homeowner’s mortgage, so the secondary rate will vary based on how much the values have changed. The Council also reviews the revenue needs for operations and adjusts the primary rate to help meet those needs while keeping the primary property tax levy within the legal limit.