Pima County aide: Ducey budget proposal could force tax hike

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says Gov. Doug Ducey's proposed state budget could force the county to increase residents' property taxes.

Huckelberry says the county may need to raise more revenue through property taxes to offset money lost from Ducey's proposed cuts and funding shifts for services such as locking up juvenile offenders.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that Huckelberry didn't pinpoint a specific possible tax increase but that he said it could amount to as much as $24 for a $200,000 home.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the budget proposal responds to a state shortfall but is not a cost shift to local governments. He says Pima County should reduce "wasteful spending:" before it considers tax increases.

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