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PCC to Request Less in Property Taxes; Homeowners to Benefit

May 24, 2011

Tucson, AZ – A majority of Pima County homeowners will experience a decrease in property taxes to support the Pima County Community College District during the 2011-12 Fiscal Year.

Taxpayers will see their 2011-2012 combined property tax rates for PCC increased by just over two percent from 1.0848 to 1.1093.  However, when factoring in decreased property valuations, the average homeowner will end up paying less tax compared to this year.  The College’s combined primary and secondary tax levies are proposed to be decreased by $5.2 million.

Property taxes to support PCC comprise primary taxes, which help pay for College operations, and secondary taxes, which go to retiring the College’s long-term debt.

PCC is proposing a two percent increase in primary tax revenues, as allowed by state law. That revenue, combined with taxes from new construction, will account for $2.9 million in additional primary tax revenue, and will help offset an $8.8 million reduction in state aid appropriations.

The College’s secondary tax rate is proposed to decrease from 0.1093 to 0.0247 and associated secondary tax revenues for 2011-2012 will be reduced by approximately $8.1 million, or 77 percent.

Pima County Community College District has released its Truth in Taxation information for its 2011-12 budget, in compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes Section 15-1406.01. According to the Truth in Taxation documents, the College is proposing an increase in primary tax revenues of $1,765,462, an increase of 2.0 percent over fiscal year 2010-2011. After accounting for new construction, the actual primary property taxes on a home with an assessed value of $100,000 would increase $2.12 from $106.34 to $108.46.

The College’s elected five-member Board of Governors will hold a public hearing on the fiscal year 2011-2012 budget on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.  The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the College’s Community/Board Room at the District Office, 4905 E. Broadway Blvd.  The Board of Governors’ regular monthly meeting will follow the public hearing on the budget.  The College’s Board of Governors meetings are open to the public.

For information about the College’s 2011-2012 budget, contact the College at 206-4850.

Read the Truth in Taxation advertisement that appeared in the Arizona Daily Star.

Paul Schwalbach, Marketing and Public Relations Manager,
(520) 206-4850