AZLegislationIn May of this year to solve the state’s budget problem, the Arizona Legislature passed and the Governor signed Senate Bill 1529, which significantly changed school funding in selected districts across the state. This bill shifted responsibility from the state to certain local school districts, including the Maricopa Unified School District (MUSD) in the form of a secondary property tax added to a homeowner’s tax bill. This increase will appear on your next property tax bill.

  • The State Legislature passed a law that instituted a secondary property tax without putting it to a vote of those affected, which we believe is illegal and unconstitutional.
  • The City of Maricopa, the Maricopa Unified School District and Pinal County did not raise your local property taxes. The State legislature and the Governor did.
  • If local governments do not follow this new law they could face serious financial penalties. The City, the School District and the County will continue to look out for our local taxpayers by trying to find alternative solutions.
  • The estimated cost to a home in Maricopa will be approximately $45 per $100,000 of assessed value. Therefore a home with an assessed value of $200,000, the new state imposed secondary property tax is approximately $90 per year.

The responsibility for this new tax lies with the State Legislature and the Governor. If you wish to let them know how you feel about this new tax, please contact your state representatives.