No new taxes; budget cuts

Faced with continuing opposition from Mohave County Supervisor Buster Johnson to an additional sales tax, county staff will prepare a budget for the next fiscal year that contains no additional revenues and cuts spending to prevent a $2.5 million deficit.

"We are doing nothing: status quo," Interim County Manager Dick Skalicky said after the supervisors met on Monday for their third workshop on increasing revenues.

Over the next few days, staff needs to prepare a budget for the 2001-2002 fiscal year that reflects the status quo, Skalicky said.

The supervisors made no headway Monday on either raising the sales tax by a quarter percent or increasing property taxes from $1.75 to $1.96 for every $100 in assessed valuation.

Johnson said he was dissatisfied with a seven-year plan on the use of a proposed sales tax because he did not consider it specific enough.

He reluctantly supports increasing the property tax rate, but supervisors Pete Byers and Tom Sockwell oppose higher property taxes.

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