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BOS Approves Final Budget For FY 18

Holbrook, AZ – The Navajo County Board of Supervisors approved the final budget for Fiscal Year 18 during today’s BOS meeting.


The final version of the budget included a 5 cent property tax increase. On average, this amounts to $6.50/year per property in Navajo County (equivalent to less than one value meal at a standard fast food institution).


“Each Department throughout Navajo County has done a tremendous job cutting expenses,” Chairman of the Board Jesse Thompson said. “Our team has already cut $2.5 million, but with continual increases in costs as revenue stays flat, it still isn’t enough to provide a balanced budget for the future. We believe the decision today will provide the needed funding to best serve our residents.”


Extra costs facing Navajo County in the upcoming year include an increase of $50,000 to State Cost Shifts (totaling more than $500,000 each year in payments to the State), $60,000 in Software license fees, and a $1.2 million in Healthcare costs. In the near future, the County will also see an estimated $500,000 increase to new State retirement costs.


A levy increase of 5 cents provides $421,000 for the County. This addition, plus the $2.5 million cut, allows the County to create a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 18 and beyond.


“The County will be in a better place to provide support for essential services such as public safety in the face of increasing costs and the State continuing to take over $500,000 from Navajo County each year,” Assistant County Manager Bryan Layton said.

 

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For more information: 
Contact Adam Wolfe
Navajo County Communications Manager
Office: (928) 524-4165
adam.wolfe@navajocountyaz.gov
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