Scottsdale Arizona


Streetlight Taxes Will Drop for 27,000 Properties by quotes
July 8, 2009, 9:05 pm
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Property taxes that keep streetlights lit around 27,000 homes and businesses will drop next year, after the City Council voted June 16 to roll back funds being held in reserve for the city’s 355 separate streetlight tax districts.

The districts serve nearly 33,000 Scottsdale properties, and 9 of 10 owners in the districts will see a decrease or no change in taxes. The average savings will be about $10 next year. About 2,150 owners will see tax increases to cover the costs for electricity and maintenance of their streetlights.

Another move by the city will help hold down future costs for some
districts. The city historically has contracted with the Valley’s two major electrical utilities, Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service, to
maintain street lights and poles. In March, the city took over maintenance for the 86 SRP districts in Scottsdale, and is expecting to save district taxpayers about $160,000 annually because of differences in the city’s maintenance cost structure.

APS is continuing to provide maintenance in the districts under its
contract.

For more information about the drop in streetlight property taxes, visit:
http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/News/06-22-2009-news.asp

More information also is available in the City Council report on the
streetlight districts at http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/documents/council/2009/061609/Item25B.pdf

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