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Maricopa County Links:

Maricopa County Assessor website
Annual Tax Levy & Tax Rates
  
Parcel/Valuation Info Search
Property Tax FAQs (Maricopa County Assessor website)


Other Resources:
2013 Property Tax Presentation to City Council

Questions?

Avondale Property Tax Rate Questions:  
(623) 333-2000


Property taxes are an important source of revenue for the city services we all depend on.

Under Arizona’s two-tiered property tax system, primary, or “limited,” property taxes pay for government operations.  The secondary, or “unlimited,” property taxes pay for voter-approved bonds which fund construction of public facilities and infrastructure.


Currently, between $0.08 and $0.11 cents, depending on the school district in your jurisdiction, of every dollar in property taxes paid by Avondale property owners goes to the city for these two uses, and the remainder goes to public schools, the county, community colleges and various special taxing districts.

On this page you will find frequently asked questions (FAQ’s), links to helpful resources, and a phone contact if you would like more information.


FAQ’s:

Where do my property taxes go?

Several government agencies receive a portion of your property tax dollars, with public education receiving the vast majority. On your property tax bill you can see which agencies collect property tax, each agency’s tax rate, and the exact amount each agency receives.

How much of my property tax does the City of Avondale receive?

For every property tax dollar you pay, the City receives approximately between $0.08 and $0.11 cents, depending on the school district in your area.

How much of the City budget do my property taxes represent?

The sum of primary property taxes collected make up less than 5% of the City General Fund. The total property tax collections are 2.7% of the total budget (FY 2012-2013). The majority of the City’s budget comes from local sales taxes and revenues shared with the City by the state of Arizona.  An individual’s taxes are less than a fraction of a percent of the City Budget.

How does the City use my property tax dollars?

Under Arizona’s two-tiered property tax system, primary, or “limited,” property taxes provide general funds for basic government services.  The secondary, or “unlimited,” property taxes pay for voter-approved bonds which fund construction of public facilities and infrastructure.

Does the City decide the property tax rate?

Each year the Council approves the property tax rate during the budget process based on the amount needed to make debt payments and fund basic services. Other agencies collecting property taxes follow a similar procedure.

How are my property taxes calculated?

Your taxes are based on the assessed value of your property. Residential properties are assessed at 10% of full cash value for secondary property taxes and 10% of limited property values for primary property taxes. Commercial properties are assessed at 19.5% of property values. Each taxing jurisdiction (city, school district, county library, flood control district, etc.) sets a rate to raise the revenue they need within limits established by state law, and your property tax bill is the total of each of those jurisdictions’ rates applied to your assessed value. On your property tax bill, you can see each jurisdiction, its rate and the total amount collected.

What determines whether my taxes go up or down?

There are three factors: the tax rate set by each taxing jurisdiction, the assessed value of your property and the assessed value of all other property in the City as determined by the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office.

Why can’t the City just keep my taxes exactly the same as they were last year?

Property taxes cannot remain the same each year, primarily because property tax rates are based on property values which are affected by market conditions. The City has issued voter approved bonds for facilities and infrastructure which must be repaid on schedule, much like a homeowner’s mortgage, so the secondary rate will vary based on how much the values have changed. The Council also reviews the revenue needs for operations and adjusts the primary rate to help meet those needs while keeping the primary property tax levy within the legal limit.

In any given year, any of those numbers could go up, down or stay the same. It is not possible to assign a custom property tax rate to every property in Avondale in order for the City portion of your property tax to remain exactly the same each year.