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BOS Adopts Tentative County Budget with No Property Tax Increase

On June 27, the Gila County Board of Supervisors adopted a tentative Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget that is set to keep County property tax rates from increasing for the 8th consecutive year.

“We’ve listened to all the departments and met with them on numerous occasions. We met individually with members of the board and put together a budget that I think meets the County’s goals and objectives for Fiscal Year 2017-2018,” said Gila County Manager James Menlove. Menlove was the County’s Finance Director during the budget process.

Highlights of the FY 17-18 tentative budget include:

  • No change in the County Property tax rate for the 8th consecutive year
  • In spite of an overall decrease in Net Assessed Valuation (property values), there will be no increase in County property tax rate
  • Provide for a balanced budget
  • No new full time positions (FTEs); decrease of 25 FTEs
  • Maintain public service levels in:
    • Law Enforcement
    • Judicial
    • Landfill
    • Community Services
    • Criminal prosecution
    • Roads
    • Health Services

As part of an open and transparent budget process, Gila County held two public budget forums. Held simultaneously in both Globe-Miami and Payson, as well as broadcast between the two locations, the forums gave residents the opportunity to ask questions and provide comments regarding the proposed fiscal year 2017-2018 budget.

Final adoption of the FY 17-18 budget is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18 at 10:00 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Special Meeting.