by Craig McFarland, Mayor, City of Casa Grande
The annual budget process is an ongoing effort that combines the input of citizens, direction by the mayor and city council, and recommendations by city staff.
This multifaceted approach is key to ensuring the needs of the community are met.
Citizens are always encouraged to participate in this critical process.
City sales tax
In fiscal year 2020, total local sales tax collections by the City equaled $28,650,568, which is $3,846,656 more than the $24,803,912 reported in fiscal year 2019. The increase in sales tax revenue is attributed to one-time revenues and continued growth in the Casa Grande local economy that was driven by increased commercial and residential construction, new business, and consumer spending.
Casa Grande residents experienced a slight increase in their primary property tax rate during the fiscal year 2020. The primary property tax rate increased from .9905 to 1.0606 per $100 of net assessed value. Although the secondary property tax rate decreased from .6010 to .2752. The combined property tax rate is 1.3358 decreasing from 1.5915. Compared to three nearby cities in Pinal County, Casa Grande residents continue to have one of the lowest property tax rates in the region.
REVENUE & EXPENSES
The total expenditures for the City, excluding transfers for FY2020, were $82,375,842. Of that total, 46%, or $37,975,939, was for general fund use. Other government funds are created to account for specific activities and include special revenue funds, internal service funds, capital projects, and enterprise funds.
The general fund is the primary operating fund of the City. It is used to pay for the services typically associated with government such as fire and police protection, parks, recreation, planning, and community development and administration.