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Assessor implements state law on non-primary residences
 
January 27, 2014

FLORENCE, AZ – The Pinal County Assessor’s Office has made a 70% increase in the number of properties listed as non-primary residential for the 2015 Notice of Value mailing.  There are now over 31,000 properties in the county listed as legal class 0401 (non-primary residential.)  The legislature created the separate category in 2011 as part of their Jobs Bill.  Previous to that change, any residential homeowner received a credit of up to $600 on their property tax bills.  The Jobs Bill changed the rules so the credit only applies to primary residences or homes occupied by a close relative of the owner.  The additional revenue generated by the loss of the credit for non-primary home owners helps to fund education in Arizona.

“Our staff has been working diligently to implement this change in the classification of primary and non-primary residential properties and I am especially proud of their 70% increase in compliance this past year.  The law is still new enough that many property owners do not fully understand the rules when they purchase a second home.  The Assessor’s Office has been taking the time to explain how the legislative changes impact local homeowners,” stated Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf.

One key requirement for determining primary residency, as defined by the Arizona Department of Revenue, is the intent to live at the home for 9 months or more during the year.  Other factors used for determining residency are spelled out in Arizona Revised Statute 42-12053.

“We work hard to apply the law as fairly and equitably as possible so that property owners are treated equally according to statute,” added Mr. Wolf.

For more information about the Assessor’s Office, please visit pinalcountyaz.gov/assessor.

John Ellinwood
John Ellinwood Pinal County Assessor Chief Deputy
 
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