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Supervisors set tax rates at same level as 2004-05

COTTONWOOD ­ The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors on Monday set the county's 2005-06 primary property tax rate at $1.70 per $100 of assessed valuation, the same rate that applied in 2004-05.

The board also set secondary property tax rates for the county, local fire districts and special districts within its jurisdiction.

County Administrator Jim Holst said it is the supervisor's responsibility to set these tax rates.

"These are the only tax rates the Board of Supervisors has jurisdiction to set," Holst said.

Chairman Carol Springer said the county does not set the tax rates for school districts, college districts, or cities and towns.

Holst noted that the county must collect those taxes and forward them to the entities.

The supervisors set local secondary property tax rates as follows:

• County fire district contribution, $0.0964, a 4 percent reduction from the 2004-05 rate of $0.100.

• Yavapai County Free Library District, $0.1086 (no increase).

• Flood Control District, $0.1984 (no increase).

• Chino Valley Fire District, $2.0400 (no increase).

• Central Yavapai Fire District, $1.8018 (no increase); and bond debt service, $0.2054.

• Camp Verde Fire District, $2.2501, a 3 percent increase from $2.1800.

• Groom Creek Fire District, $1.6608 (no increase).

• Mayer Fire District, $3.2500, an 8 percent in-crease from $3.0000.

• Williamson Valley Fire District, $1.8694, a 78 percent increase from $1.0500.

• Verde Valley Fire District, $2.1541 (no increase).

The supervisors also ap-proved spending 15 percent of forest fee receipts for the 2005-06 Forest Project Allocation program.

Assistant Administrator/Board Counsel Dave Hunt said approval of the percentage does not approve allocation of the money for forest projects.

Supervisor Chip Davis said the county allocates the remaining forest fees for roads and schools, with roads receiving 75 percent and schools 25 percent.

Hunt said the federal government has not told thecounty the amount of forest fees it will receive for fiscal year 2005-06. He said the county received $892,284 in 2004-05. The board set Dec. 1 as the application deadline for the Forest Projects Allocation program.

Hunt said the county would post program information and an application on the Web: www.co.yavapai.az.us.

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