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Coconino County Board Of Supervisors Tentatively Approves A New Budget

The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has tentatively approved the county’s $276-million dollar budget for Fiscal Year 2022. The board voted on the budget on Tuesday. Coconino County will receive $28-million from the American Rescue Plan Act. The money must be spent under guidelines set by the Treasury Department. Board Vice-Chair Lena Fowler says “after we saw a 30-percent decrease in sales tax during May and June of 2020, Coconino County took a very conservative approach to the FY 21 budget. Not only did we see a steep decline in revenue, the County’s expenses grew significantly due to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” She adds, “expenses in Fiscal Year 2021 remained high, however, we saw better-than-anticipated revenue. This revenue coupled with the stimulus from the federal government has placed Coconino County in a position of strength to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our community.” A Truth in Taxation hearing will be held on June 24th, before a final budget will be considered for adoption.

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