Pima County Property Owners, Residents Be Damned!

Two days before the celebration of our nation’s independence, the Pima County Board of Supervisors showed their contempt for the property owners of the County. In a not so surprising 3-2 vote, they elected to show their lack of empathy for the taxpayers by once again voting to raise property taxes.

The Board of Supervisors could not even agree on less than a 1% budget decrease. Why did they do this you ask? Greed!

After what had been a seemingly productive bipartisan discussion on establishing a property tax neutral budget proposed by Supervisor Ally Miller (District 1), the Board of Supervisors agreed to postpone voting on the final approval of the County budget until the July 2 meeting at the previous meeting in June. This was to further gain information to make educated decisions on the budget to potentially reduce the burden on taxpayers being as the state had not brought their budget into conformity with the federal tax code.

Supervisor Miller had proposed a budget that would have been property tax neutral. While this would have raised portions of the taxes, it would have been offset in other areas of the property tax. The bottom line is taxpayers would not see an overall increase in their property taxes.

After almost an hour of discussion over the budget and additional proposals by Supervisor Miller, the vote was called for and the budget was passed. Supervisor Bronson did attempt to show appreciation through her use of complimentary language toward Supervisor Miller. She thanked Supervisor Miller for the diligent work she’d put into the budget and soundly voted to pass the budget raising taxes across the board.

When the vote was tallied on a 3-2 partisan vote, Chairman Richard Elias displayed the petulance of a toddler who had just got his way in an argument. “3-2 Motion Failed” exclaimed Elias in a denigrating manner.

What tax rate is sufficient to motivate Pima County residents to replace this long-standing board? As the highest taxed county in the state, we are apparently not taxed enough to cause us to change our voting patterns.
Those who can are leaving the County for places with lower tax rates. Those who cannot are stuck trying to eek out a living under the tyranny of the majority of the Pima Board of Supervisors.

Instead of advocating for the citizens and taxpayers of Pima County, the Board of Supervisors showed their greed again today and did not hesitate with pesky things like facts and figures. Chairman Elias made his contempt blatantly known in this area. When asked to wait for information to make a more educated decision on the budget, he purported that he didn’t need to. Here we see feelings taking precedence over facts and figures.

It is a shame that we live in one of the most prosperous states in the nation only to live under the tyranny of the majority with the Pima County Board of Supervisors and cannot grow our economy because of feelings and partisan politics. Maybe someday, people will grow tired of the carrots being dangled and demand their elected representatives do the jobs they were elected to do.


  1. I can’t believe I’m saying this. Richard Elias has become WORSE than Bronson! Which in itself could be a ruse due to her upcoming election.

    Come on people, change this board!!

  2. Sadly, many of us recognized the political
    ploy utilized by Bronson and Valadez.

    These two along with Elias rely on the
    votes of the TUSD and SUSD indoctrinated

  3. We,(P.C.property owners),keep being assaulted by local governments.They can’t live within their own means they keep upping the salaries of their top employees.Pima Community College just increased property taxes and student tuition. PCC bd. Chair, (Clinco) just like Elias’ pompous attitude basically said that PC residents weren’t against higher taxes as he had not heard protests at the Colleges public mugs. Property owners need to to protest by voting out those who keep raising our taxes.

  4. It is time we put limits on the Pima County Supervisors and the City of Tucson Council! We need to start an initiative to that the citizens will approve any and all tax hikes for Pima county and the City of Tucson by a 67% of the voting public. This will stop all this nonsense.

  5. Typical tax and spend Democrats that exhibit absolutely no monitory self control. They somehow feel the tax payer is there personal piggy bank that they can raid anytime they feel like it.

    But, it’s our fault for allowing it to happen

  6. Will you do something other than complain , moan? Join me in get you butt out there and support any one who is willing to run against the stooges.

    By the way SUSD is not a supporter of these clowns.

  7. Thank God I was able to sell my Vail house last year. I loved Vail, but had to escape the Pima County BS, just as I had to do years ago when I left CA. The Liberals are like swarms of locusts. They devour everything in their path before moving on to destroy another area. Unfortunately, we’re now seeing many Californians moving to Idaho, driving up housing costs. Fortunately my county is sparsely populated and my monthly property tax is $365.

  8. It is utterly disgusting this continues in Tucson and Pima County. It’s hardly worth repeating but…“WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!”

  9. I guess they needed money to continue the fight against the Rosemont Copper project, which is supported by the majority of voters in Pima County. Tax revenues from this project alone could solve many of Pima County’s fiscal problems.

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