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No tax increases proposed for Arizona Western College

Parker Pioneer

There will be no increases in the property tax rates for Arizona Western College in the 2020-21 fiscal year. That’s what the Yuma/La Paz Counties Community College District (AKA Arizona Western College) said when their Truth in Taxation information was released for the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.

Even without an increase, AWC has the second highest tax rate of any community college district in the state.

According to the Truth in Taxation information, the college district’s current tax rate will provide an additional $533,814 in revenues. Without a tax increase, the total taxes owed on a $100,000 home will be $219.49.

The College’s secondary tax rate is proposed to remain at .3626 of $100 of net assessed value as the College continues to have an outstanding general obligation debt.

Details concerning the impact of this proposal to maintain the current property tax rate, are listed in the Truth in Taxation Notice published in the Yuma Sun and the Parker Pioneer on April 29 and May 6, 2020.

According to information from Pima Community College, AWC has the second highest tax rate of any community college district in the state at $2.5711 of $100 of net assessed value. The only district that’s higher is Arizona Eastern College in Thatcher, with a rate of $3.3451 of $100 of net assessed value. Mohave Community College has a tax rate of $1.3255 of $100 of net assessed value.

Arizona Western is tied with Arizona Central College for the third-lowest tuition and fees rates in the state at $86 per credit hour. Mohave Community College is $88 per credit hour. Coconino is the most expensive at $111 per hour, while Northland is the lowest at $77 per credit hour.

The District’s Governing Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget, property tax rates, and levies at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in the Frances Morris Board Room in the College Community Center (3C) and conducted through Zoom, on the Arizona Western College campus at 2020 South Avenue 8E, Yuma, Arizona. The boardroom will be closed to the public. The audience area of the boardroom will be closed for the meeting as AWC is following the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines and limiting the amount of people present in the room to 10.

A Special Meeting to vote on fiscal year 2020-21 budget, property tax rates, and levies will follow the public hearing. During the Special Meeting, the Governing Board will consider a motion to levy the property tax by a roll call vote. The tax rates and the new budget will take effect on July 1, 2020.

The Board’s Regular Meeting for May is scheduled to begin immediately following the Special Meeting. Governing Board meetings are open to the public. Details on how to attend virtually will be posted on the College’s website at https://www.azwestern.edu/district-governing-board.

Additional information about the College’s budget is available online.

For information about the College’s 2020-2021 proposed budget, tax rates, or levies, contact the College at (928)344-7522.

- Pioneer reporter John Gutekunst contributed to this story.

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sam whittemore

time to shut this scam down in la paz county. they provide next to nothing for us, and use us like the tax donkeys we are. ain't gonna find a politician anywhere thats gonna help end it. we get hosed comin and goin in rural AZ.

ANelson

BS. With the County re-valuing all properties UP, taxes will increase. Maybe their tax RATE will stay the same, but they will squeeze more tax DOLLARS due to ever increasing valuations.

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