Public Notice - Tax and Fee Changes

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Sec. 9-499.15, the City of Phoenix is hereby giving notice of proposed adoptions of, or changes to, municipal taxes or fees.

List of proposed adoptions of, or changes to, municipal taxes or fees.
Notice DateCouncil DateTypeDescriptionDepartmentStatutory ReferenceMore Information
​10/13​/2017​​12/13/2017FeeOn or after February 9, 2018 and pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Sections 9-591 through 9-599, the City of Phoenix gives notice of its proposed fees and rates for the installation of small wireless facilities (SWF) and monopoles in the right-of-way.
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Street Transportation A.R.S. 9-591 through 9-599More Information/Contact: 
602-262-6284
Kini Knudson, Street Transportation Department
Kini.Knudson@phoenix.gov
​09/29​/2017​​11/29/2017FeeOn or after November 29, 2017, the City of Phoenix will bring forward for consideration by the City Council a proposed increase in the franchise license fee to five percent for Cox Communications Arizona, LLC, allowing them to engage in the business of operating a Cable System in the City of Phoenix. Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Section 9-506, the maximum cable license fee is five percent of gross revenues for cable television. The current fee is 4.7 percent, plus additional, variable contractual payments.
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CitywideA.R.S. 9-506More Information/Contact: 
602-261-8097
Juanita Carver, Information Technology Services Department
Juanita.carver@phoenix.gov
​07/11​/2017​​09/20/2017FeeOn or after Sept. 20, 2017, the City of Phoenix will bring forward a proposed fee increase for retrieval of abandoned shopping carts for consideration by the City Council. Retailers whose shopping carts are found abandoned off the premises are currently charged $25 per cart pursuant to Arizona Revised Statues Section 44-1799.33. The current fee of $25 per retrieved cart is proposed to be increased to $50 per cart. If approved the fee will cover the direct and administrative costs of retrievals. Neighborhood Services DepartmentCity of Phoenix Ordinance S-39161More Information/Contact: 
602-495-0807
Robert Garcia, Neighborhood Services Department
Robert.m.garcia@phoenix.gov
​02/09​/2017​​04/19/2017FeePursuant to Arizona Revised Statues Section 9-499.15, Phoenix gives notice of proposed changes that may increase existing surcharge fees and costs to cut pavement within city of Phoenix right-of-way. Pursuant to Phoenix City Charter, Chapter IV, Section 2(45) and Phoenix City Code Section 31-7, on or after April 19, 2017, the city of Phoenix will bring forward a proposed ordinance for consideration by the Phoenix City Council to make certain changes to Phoenix City Code Section 31-38 related to the cutting of new street pavement or newly overlaid pavement. A schedule of existing surcharge fees may be found at the following http://www.codepublishing.com/AZ/Phoenix/ and accessing Section 31-38. The proposed changes to the ordinance may include any or all of the following: (a) require an asphalt pavement mill and overlay treatment for all pavement cuts performed in new street pavement or newly overlaid pavement less than 36 months in age; (b) establish a new pavement cut surcharge fee structure for pavement cuts performed outside the timeframe established for any asphalt pavement mill and overlay treatment requirement set forth in (a) above; (c) set restorative pavement treatment limits at 25' on either side of all pavement cuts; and (d) require a micro-surfacing / slurry seal pavement treatment for all pavement cuts performed outside the timeframe established for any asphalt pavement mill and overlay treatment requirement set forth in (a) above. If adopted, the ordinance changes will become effective no earlier than July 1, 2017. The proposed changes are supported by a written report that can be found at the following: STREET PAVEMENT CUTS – POTENTIAL CITY ORDINANCE CHANGES (PDF) This report also includes a schedule of the proposed changes that may increase existing surcharge fees. Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes Section 9-499.15, Phoenix provides a Notice of Intent related to proposed changes that may increase existing surcharge fees and costs to cut pavement within city of Phoenix right-of-way.  Approval of the changes will be heard at the Phoenix City Formal Council Meeting on April 19, 2017 at 2:30pm at the City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85003.  Information related to the proposed changes supported by a written report can be found at the link provided above.
Street TransportationPhoenix City Code (PCC), Article III, Chapter 31, Section 38 - Permit fee and plan review fees.More Information/Contact: 
602-262-4970
briiana.velez@phoenix.gov
​11/04​/2016​​01/11/2017FeeOn or after January 11, 2017, the City of Phoenix will bring forward a proposed ordinance for consideration by the Phoenix City Council making certain changes to Chapter 9, Appendix A.2 of the Phoenix City Code related to the fees charged for demolition permit applications. This ordinance will require a $300 application fee for exterior demolition of commercial buildings that are 50 years or older and for all buildings that have been identified as individually eligible for historic designation. The fee will cover administrative costs related to research and public notification required for these projects by the recently adopted amendment to Section 105.3.1 of the Phoenix Building Construction Code.Planning & DevelopmentA.R.S. Sec. 9-802; City of Phoenix Code Sec. 9-1; Sec. 109 of 2012 International Building Code as adopted and amended by G-5809.More Information/Contact: 
 602-495-0232                leah.swanton@phoenix.gov
​​05/24​/2016​​07/01/2016Tax​This update provides additional information related to the notice posted on 04/19/2016 regarding the proposed tax increases needed to address a $37 million shortfall in resources needed to satisfy debt service obligations. The City's Trial Budget identified options for City Council consideration to address that shortfall, including tax revenue increases, and the City sought input on these options from City residents through public budget hearings during the months of March and April. The options presented included increasing the property tax rate by up to $0.35 per $100 of assessed valuation (including changes to both the primary and secondary property tax rates), increasing the sales tax rate by up to 0.125%, implementing a food tax of up to 1.25%, or increasing water bill assessments by up to $5.25 per month per single family residential account and up to $33.50 for all other accounts based on water meter size. Following community input, the City Manager's proposed budget (which included a proposed property tax increase) was presented on May 3, 2017. On May 17, 2016 City Council approved the City Manager's proposed budget. Tentative budget adoption will occur on June 1, 2016. Final budget adoption will occur on June 15, 2016. Property tax rates and levies will be adopted by the City Council on July 1, 2016. Budget and ResearchPhoenix Municipal Charter Chapter XVIII, Phoenix Municipal Code Chapter/Section 2-19, Arizona Revised Statutes 42-17151, Arizona Revised Statutes 9-499.15More Information/Contact: 
 602-262-4800                budget.research@phoenix.gov
​04/19​/2016​​07/01/2016TaxThe City of Phoenix has identified a need to address an approximately $37 million shortfall in resources used to satisfy debt service obligations. The City's Trial Budget identifies options for City Council consideration to address that shortfall, including tax revenue increases, and the City is seeking input on these options from City residents through public budget hearings during the months of March and April. City staff may recommend any one of the following options to the City Council during the budget development and adoption process: increasing the City's combined property tax rate by up to $0.35 per $100 of net assessed valuation (including changes to both the primary and secondary property tax rates), increasing the sales tax rate by up to 0.125%, implementing a food tax of up to 1.25%, or increasing water bill assessments by up to $5.25 per month. Staff may also recommend maintenance of existing tax rates.

- May 3, 2016: The City Manager's Budget will present staff recommendations to the City Council.
- May 17, 2016: City Council budget decisions are anticipated.
- June 1, 2016: Tentative budget adoption.
- June 15, 2016: Final budget adoption.
- July 1, 2016: Adoption of property tax rates and levies.

Budget and ResearchPhoenix Municipal Charter Chapter XVIII, Phoenix Municipal Code Chapter/Section 2-19, Arizona Revised Statutes 42-17151More Information/Contact: 
 602-262-4800                budget.research@phoenix.gov
​​03/02/2016​​​05/04/2016Ground Transportation Trip Fe​eOn or after May 4, 2016, the City of Phoenix will bring forward a proposed ordinance for consideration by the Phoenix City Council making certain changes to Chapter 4, Article IV, Section 4-78 of the Phoenix City Code related to the fees charged for ground transportation motor vehicles at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The City is recommending a trip fee based upon the number of vehicle seats for all ground transportation vehicles picking up customers at the airport. For current, permitted ground transportation providers, the fees will be phased in over a three-year period as follows:

2017:
1-8 seats:     $2.75 per trip
9-23 seats:  $3.50 per trip
24+ seats:    $7.50 per trip

2018:
1-8 seats:     $3.25 per trip
9-23 seats:  $4.25 per trip
24+ seats:    $9.00 per trip

2019:
1-8 seats:     $4.00 per trip
9-23 seats:  $6.00 per trip
24+ seats:    $11.00 per trip

For new ground transportation providers, trip fees will be immediately implemented at the 2019 rates. Beginning in 2020, fees will be adjusted annually based upon the lesser of the consumer price index (Bureau of Labor Statistics - All Urban Areas: Los Angeles – Riverside – Orange County) or three (3)%. If approved, the fees will provide funding for operation of the ground transportation program at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, including maintenance of roadways and ground transportation waiting areas, capital costs, and personal services.
AviationA.R.S. Section 28-8419; Phoenix City Code, Chapter 4, Article IV, Section 4-78More Information/Contact: 
 602-273-3321                gtpolicy@phoenix.gov
​11/02/2015​12/2/2015​Water and Sewer RatesOn December 2, 2015, the City of Phoenix will bring forward a recommendation for a notice of intent and to set a date for public hearing for consideration by the City Council making certain changes to Chapter 28, Article 5, Section 39 and Article 11, section 92 and Chapter 37, Article 5, section 63 and Article 11, section 133 of the Phoenix City Code related to water and sewer service rates.  The City is recommending a three percent increase for water rates and a two percent increase for sewer rates, which equals a combined 2.6 percent increase effective March 1, 2016. The proposed plans also include a recommended two percent rate increase for water and sewer effective March 1, 2017. If approved, the rate increase will provide funding for resources needed to invest in rehabilitation and replacement of the pipes, treatment plants, pumps, reservoirs, and wells that ensure reliable delivery of the city's drinking wate​r.Water Services and Finance DepartmentsPhoenix City Code Chapter 28, Article 5, Section 39 and Article 11, section 92 and Chapter 37, Article 5, section 63 and Article 11, section 133.More Information/Contact:  Water Services Department
 602.534.1209               watersmart@phoenix.gov
​6/10/2015​4/22/2015​Tax​On August 25, 2015, the City of Phoenix will present to its electors an ordinance for their consideration, that if approved would amend Chapter 14 of the Phoenix City Code to set the portion of the transaction privilege and use tax rate for transportation to 7/10ths of one penny per dollar, an increase from 4/10ths of one penny per dollar.  This ordinance, if approved by voters, would provide funds to expand the city's light rail and bus transit system, and provide funds to make improvements to city streets including paving of roads, construction of bicycle infrastructure and improving accessibility for people with disabilities. If adopted by voters, the tax shall be effective for 35 years and begin on Jan. 1, 2016. The Phoenix City Council approved referral of this item to the ballot at its April 22 Formal Meeting.​Public Transit and Street Transportation Departments​Contact:  

Phoenix Public Transit Department - 602-262-7242; pubtrans@phoenix.gov
or 
Phoenix Street Transportation Department - 602-262-6284​
​4/28/2015​7/1/2015​Citywide Recovery of Collections Fees​On or after July 1, 2015, the City of Phoenix will bring forward a proposed ordinance for consideration by the City Council making certain changes to Chapter 2, Article 1, Sections 2-25 and 2-26 of the Phoenix City Code related to the recovery of collection and lien claim processing fees and hold the debtor liable for the business expenses incurred by the City to collect the delinquent debt, fees, penalties and interest owed.  This ordinance will enhance the Citywide Collections initiative to recover revenues and minimize business costs, which may result in an increase in fees for certain debtors.  The Finance, Efficiency, Economy and Sustainability Committee unanimously approved staff recommendation on April 15, 2015 to present this item for City Council approval. ​Finance​N/A​Contact:

602-256-3108
tax@phoenix.gov
3/16/20157/1/2015TaxThe following is a revision to the previous notice posted on March 16, 2015. Under Arizona law, City of Phoenix property owners pay a primary property tax and a secondary property tax. City staff intends to recommend decreasing the primary property tax rate by 1.27 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for fiscal year 2015-16 and increasing the secondary property tax rate by 1.27 cents per $100 of assessed valuation in fiscal year 2015-16. If approved, the combined property tax rate will remain $1.82 per $100 dollars of assessed valuation, the same combined rate in place for 20 years. Based on increases to assessed property values, the City's total annual property tax levy will increase by about $2.7 million; however, since 2009-10, Phoenix property taxes have decreased by a cumulative total of $664 million.  Budget & ResearchPhoenix Municipal Charter Chapter XVIII, Phoenix  Municipal Code Chapter/Section  2-19,          Arizona Revised Statutes 42-17151
Contact:

602-262-4800 budget.research@ phoenix.gov