Gilbert (Ariz.) Schools' Tax Rate Jumps 40 Percent

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Various factors have caused the tax rate in the Gilbert Public Schools district to jump 40 percent this year, the highest increase in at least 30 years.

Despite the jump, district officials assert that the actual total tax rate of $7.20 per $100 of assessed valuation is $3 less than the highest rates in 1995 and 1997, when the rates were between $10.45 and $10.40 per $100 of assessed valuation, respectively. The rate increase affects property owners in those portions of Gilbert and Mesa that are within the district's boundaries.

The tax rate also winds up in the middle of those levied by surrounding school districts this year, with Higley and Queen Creek school districts higher, and Mesa and Chandler districts lower, said Clyde Dangerfield, GPS' assistant superintendent for business services.

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