UPDATE 4:54pm: According to the County, a mistake was made in the notice put out about how the proposed tax would affect taxpayers. Rather than a $100,000 home costing an extra $132 per year, it would cost an extra $13.20. Article below changed to reflect this.
The Board of Supervisors are moving ahead with a proposal to increase property taxes in La Paz County, with a public hearing scheduled for August 10th.
At a Board meeting last week, Supervisor Duce Minor said that although cuts have been made by the Board and other departments, they may not be enough by themselves to balance the County’s budget. He said that some departments had not made cuts yet.
Supervisor D.L. Wilson added that the tentative budget they approved was a “bare bones, no cushion budget” that doesn’t allow the County to build its own cash reserves. He said reserves are necessary for a healthy financial status at the County.
According to a public notice posted this week, the proposed tax increase would give the County $356,341 in additional revenue for its budget, an increase in primary property taxes of 5.6%.
“The proposed tax increase will cause La Paz County’s primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase $13.20,” the notice reads [updated with correct decimal].
The increase excludes new construction, changes for voter-approved bond debt and budget and tax overrides.
Minor said he isn’t “sold” on the tentative budget proposal yet, and hopes there can be other changes made that will be beneficial before the final budget is adopted next month.
A public hearing will be held on Thursday, August 10th 2017 at 2pm at the La Paz County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room at 1108 Joshua Avenue in Parker. All interested citizens are invited to attend.