Let's Talk Tax

Get the facts on the proposed tax increase for Construction and Retail Taxes

*Excluding food for home consumption.  

Choose from one of the options below:

Small Group Session (Max of 15 people)

     •Thursday       April 15th @ 12:00 PM           

     •Tuesday        April 20th @   8:00 AM 

     •Wednesday   April 28th @ 10:00 AM

Where: 

     Town Hall - Council Chambers                                                     155 N Tegner St., Wickenburg AZ 85390

Requires RSVP:

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Large Group Open House (Max of 150 people)

     •Thursday       May 13th @   6:00 PM 

Where:  

Wickenburg Community Center                            160 N. Valentine, Wickenburg, AZ 85390

No RSVP needed.


Contact Us Directly

Send questions to tgarro@wickenburgaz.org or call (928) 668-0518 to set up an appointment with the Town Manager.

Wickenburg Town Council

Town Council will continue to review options in funding current and future needs of the community. A Notice of Intent to increase sales tax was posted to allow Council the opportunity to have this discussion with the public. The rates posted are the maximum levels for discussion/consideration. If new rates are adopted, the new rates would take effect on                August 1, 2021.

Retail Tax:

The proposed changes could include increasing the tax rates for Retail (not to include Food for Home Consumption), which is currently set at 2.2%. The proposal is an increase of no more than an additional 0.8%. The total tax including the increase would not exceed 3%.  Revenue from this tax is used for On-Going Expenses.


Retail Tax Revenue Funds (On-Going Expenses)

Retail Tax Chart

Potential Revenue Impact of $900,570 

Current Tax Impact vs. Proposed Tax Impact on Retail Purchases 

Retail Tax Revenue Funds

 *Maximum Impact on a single purchase                                                           Note that Single Purchases of $5,000 + stays at 1.9%

Construction Tax:

The proposed changes could include increasing the tax rates for construction,which is currently set at 3.5%. The proposal is an increase of no more than an additional 2.5%. The total tax including the increase would not exceed 6%. Revenue from this tax is used for both On-Going Expenses (30%) & One-Time Needs (70%).


Construction Tax Revenue Funds                                      (30% On-Going Expenses / 70% One-Time Needs)

Construction Tax Chart

Potential Revenue Impact of $1,606,678 


*In the event these tax increases are not adopted there will be a greater shortfall in both our on-going and one-time funds, which will impact what we can accomplish for our community.

On-Going Expenses

The Town has a fiscally balanced budget to ensure that operational on-going items use on-going revenues. Being fiscally responsible with on-going revenues gives financial security to our residents by having stable and reliable services. These services come indifferent forms from public safety (police and fire) to reliable utility services to safe parks that enrich our quality of life.

  • Public Safety – recruitment and retention of Police and Fire personnel
  • New North Fire Station – to provide better service to all residents
  • Pavement Preservation
  • Pavement Replacement
  • Right-of-Way Maintenance
  • Parks/Pool/Facilities maintenance and enhancements

Ongoing graphic

One Time Needs

The Town has a fiscally balanced budget where one-time funds are used for one-time projects. These funds are typically reserved for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).

Smaller Projects (annually about $750K) 

  • Public Safety Technology (upgrades, computers, towers…)
  • Park Enhancements ( ex. pickleball courts, basketball court, tennis court, playground equipment, walking trails)
  • Police/Fire fleet replacement
  • Work trucks/equipment replacement

Larger Projects (estimated at $18 million)

  • Community Center (renovate/new build)
  • North Fire Station
  • Police Station Phase II/Dispatch
  • Flood Control Projects
  • US60 sidewalks and lights – safety and beautification project

One Time graphic

Notice of Intent

The Town Council of the Town of Wickenburg, Arizona will hold a public hearing on a proposed change to the Tax Code of the Town of Wickenburg pursuant to A.R.S. § 42-6054.

The proposed changes may include increasing the tax rates for Construction (Contracting) currently set at 3.5% no more than an additional 2.5% for a total not to exceed of 6%, and Retail not to include Retail Food for Home Consumption, currently set at 2.2% no more than an additional .8% for a total not to exceed of 3%.  If the ordinance is adopted, then the rate for each of these categories will increase effective August 1, 2021.   

                         The hearing will be held at the Town of Wickenburg Council Chambers, 155 N Tegner St., Wickenburg, Arizona  85390 at 5:30 p.m. on May 17, 2021.

 A copy of the proposed amendment to the Town Tax Code is available from the Town Clerk, at 155 North Tegner Street, Suite A, Wickenburg, Arizona 85390, and is available for review during normal office hours:  Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Persons wishing to comment on the proposed amendment may do so, in writing, prior to the public hearing to be held at the date listed above, or may provide testimony in person at the hearing.  Additional information can be obtained on the Town website at www.wickenburgaz.org or by calling (928) 684-5451. 

 Following the public hearing, the Town Council may adopt, modify, or disapprove the proposed amendment to the Town Tax Code. 

An educational guide titled "Let's Talk Tax Brochure" has been created to help residents learn about the proposed tax increase. You can view the link in the Additional Resources below.