Supervisors approve tax rates

Primary and secondary property tax levies and rates were routinely approved by the Mohave County Supervisors during a special meeting Monday.

The supervisors voted to retain the primary property tax rate of $1.75 for $100 in assessed valuation and just under 99 cents for assessed valuation for the secondary rate.

Revenue from the primary rate covers the cost of operations and maintenance and the secondary rate is used for paying for capital improvements such as buildings, Supervisor Carol Anderson said.

Before approving a tentative budget on July 10, the supervisors discussed raising property and sales taxes to increase revenues, but they did not pursue such proposals because of a lack of consensus.

The primary tax rate is expected to generate more than $16.3 million for county coffers during the 2000-2001 fiscal year and the secondary rate is projected to bring in $8.7 million, according to the statement adopted by the supervisors.

The multi-page statement covers the rates for county operations such as the flood control and library districts, and other entities, such as fire and school districts.

The Peach Springs School District does not have a primary tax rate, but charges about $11.53 per $100 in assessed valuation for its secondary rate, which is used for financing a new high school.

The new rate is down from about $12.77.

Anderson said, "I have had a lot of complaints from people in that area." She mentioned a recent recall election of the school board.

The new tax rates will show up in the September tax bills, Chief Financial Officer Duc Ma said.

The 2000-2001 fiscal year started July 1.

Examples of other new rates are:

• Mohave Union High School District - about $2.25 for the primary rate, up about 13 cents.

The new secondary rate is 47 cents, a drop from about 49 cents.

• Mohave Community College - 94 cents for the primary rate, up from about 92 cents.

• Kingman Elementary - about $2 for the primary rate, down slightly more than a penny; and about 69 cents for the secondary rate, up more than 4 cents.

• City of Kingman - about 36 cents for the secondary rate, a drop of under a penny.

• Hualapai Valley Fire District - $2.95 for the secondary rate, a drop of just over 2 cents.

• Golden Valley Improvement District - about 12 cents, a drop from 24 cents.