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The Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS® will be presenting the letter below  to the SCC Supervisors  to address the proposed increase in property taxes requested.  It is important for our members to attend the Board of Supervisors meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Supervisors meeting room at 2150 N. Congress Drive, Nogales, Arizona:


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As stewards of our communities and protectors of private property rights, the Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS® would like to address your plan to include as part of your budget a property tax increase.  We oppose the implementation of the property tax increase as presented and request that you consider an additional review of the budget and amount of the property tax increase before you cast your vote on July 24, 2013.

Although we are starting to show signs of our local real estate market stabilizing, it is still very fragile.  Interest rates are starting to go up and not all SCC property owners were able to qualify for a reduction in their mortgage payments. In addition, the rental market is also showing signs of increases due to supply and demand, and cost of living increases such as electricity and water services are also projected to go up. Not to mention, additional college district assessments, higher insurance premiums, and now the proposed SCC property tax increase.  This has a cumulative effect that is devastating to the property owner and renter.

By not stating that the 2013-2014 tentative budget included a property tax increase the perception of Santa Cruz County residents is that the supervisors were cloaking the tax increase.  The information the public has received by the press has been confusing, inaccurate and caused a lack of trust of county officials and staff.  However, by being proactive and notifying the public when a property tax increase is being considered and explaining how property taxes are assessed on the county website you will begin to create a positive conversation.

The negative press that has been generated by this issue has further stigmatized our area to the public. We are requesting a press release by the SCC government that will explain accurate information, in simple math, of the proposed property tax increase.

We recognize that there is a cost to providing basic services to residents of Santa Cruz County and we understand that assessed values for 2013 and 2014 are expected to decrease.  However, a large increase in the primary and secondary tax rate as proposed is a hardship for many constituents and therefore unacceptable.  We ask that the Supervisors consider a more mindful escalation in the primary and secondary tax rates over a course of years.  Consider that property owners and renters need a tax relief to offset all the other expenses they are up against and do the right thing for our community.


Santa Cruz County Board of REALTORS®

Candace Bell, 2013 SCCBR President

Cc:       Supervisor Rudy Molera

Supervisor John Maynard

Melinda Meek, SCC Clerk of the Board

Mayor Arturo Garino

Shane Dille, City Manager

realtor golfSince 1997, Our Members have dedicated countless hours in organizing our annual golf  tournament. All proceeds are given back to noble causes throughout our community and our Youth Scholarship Program.

Come join us on Saturday, April 12, 2014 and enjoy a spring day playing golf! Our golf tournament will be held at the historic Kino Springs Golf Course.  A great escape, Kino Springs is a 6500 yard Par 71 course designed by Red Lawrence.  You’ll find waving grasslands studded with mesquite and oaks under a vast blue sky and cottonwoods along the Santa Cruz River.

The event includes a 2-person scramble, greens fee, golf cart, golf range, goody bag, raffle drawing, All American buffet lunch and awards ceremony.

Register by calling the Association office 520-377-9613, golf registration and sponsor flyers can be dropped off at the board office, or mailed to:  SCCBR, PO Box 4875, Rio Rico, AZ  85648.

If you would like to be considered as one of our recipients just fill out the Request Form below and SCCBR will contact you if your organization is awarded!

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Liberty Water has submitted an application to the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) for a water and sewer rate increase.  The public hearing will be held on March 27, 2013 at 10 a.m. at 400 West Congress, Room 222, Tucson, AZ.  Comments may be sent to the ACC regarding the Liberty Water rate increase request on the LibertyWaterPublicCommentForm  The docket number for this rate case is WS-02676A-12-0196.

Anyone interested in following the rate case can go to the ACC website, under the eDocket link at the bottom of the page, enter the docket number for this case in the search by number box and all the information related to this case will be available for review.

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