Phoenix, AZ

County Board of Supervisors reduces property tax rate, invests in public health

Sandy Casariego

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PHOENIX, AZ — After assisting the nation's fastest-growing county in dealing with a pandemic and a year of financial uncertainty, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is putting money back into homeowners' pockets while also making investments to ensure a better future.

The Board of Supervisors, on June 21, approved a final $3.4 billion budget for the fiscal year 2022, which begins on July 1, 2021. The budget includes significant spending on health and human services, as well as a reduction in property tax rates.

The final county budget includes $439 million in federal funding for ongoing pandemic response and recovery as part of the American Rescue Act passed by Congress.

The Board of Supervisors will use that money to help the community during this time of recovery.

The fiscal year 2022 budget includes $349 million in capital investments to support continued growth. These include a new East Valley Animal Care and Control Facility, 10 park improvement projects, more than 92 long-term transportation projects, new Sheriff's Office security, SWAT and K-9 facilities and new MCSO substations in the West Valley.

Maricopa County's strategic goal of becoming an all-digital county proved prescient during a year of online meetings and limited public outings. The Board of Supervisors will invest $76 million in FY 2022 to improve the county's technology infrastructure, expand online service options for residents, and equip county staff with the tools they need to provide quick, efficient service.

In accordance with state statute, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will meet at a later date to vote on the final tax levy proposal. This meeting will take place on August 16, 2021.

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