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Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 6:10 pm | Updated: 1:09 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

 Queen Creek will keep a property tax rebate the state says residents should have. Commercial growth in town could have let Queen Creek drop its tax rate for individual property owners and collect the same amount of money next year. Instead, the town will keep the rate steady so it can collect more cash to pay for public safety, said Assistant Town Manager Patrick Flynn.

Queen Creek will keep a property tax rebate the state says residents should have.

Commercial growth in town could have let Queen Creek drop its tax rate for individual property owners and collect the same amount of money next year. Instead, the town will keep the rate steady so it can collect more cash to pay for public safety, said Assistant Town Manager Patrick Flynn.

Queen Creek published a Truth in Taxation notice in newspapers Wednesday. It announced a 6.9 percent property tax hike. The state requires Queen Creek to say it’s hiking taxes because it’s collecting more tax revenue without passing the savings onto taxpayers.

The town’s primary property tax on a $100,000 home would rise from $182.41 to $195 — raising the rate from $1.82 to $1.95 per $100 of value.

However, Flynn said homeowners looking at the 2008 tax bill would notice a $1.95 rate, the same as the proposed hike. In 2007 Queen Creek voters approved that $1.95 property tax rate to pay for public safety, including fire and police service from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Queen Creek had so many large developments open in the past year that tax revenues will rise by $347,629 if the rate stays steady, Flynn said.

However, under the state’s view, more development in the community means the tax for individual property owners should drop, he said. That way, the town would collect the same amount of tax dollars while spreading it out over more properties, resulting in a lower individual tax rate.

“The force of this notice is saying, ‘well, why don’t you reduce the rate?’” Flynn said. “We didn’t do that because we needed the money for public safety.”

Queen Creek collects $5.7 million in property taxes, Flynn said. It has an $11 million public safety bill.

A public hearing and vote on both the tax rate and the 2009-10 budget will occur at the next Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. June 17 at Queen Creek Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Road.

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