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N4T Investigators: Pima county sues over education funding

TUCSON – A new lawsuit could save some Pima County taxpayers potentially hundreds on their property tax bills.

The lawsuit stems from an ongoing dispute between Pima County, the State of Arizona and the Tucson Unified School District.

Earlier this year state legislators passed SB1529. The new law allowed desegregation funds to be collected as a secondary tax.

Collecting the money as a secondary tax would cost more than 100,000 TUSD property owners an extra $126 for every $100,000 their home is worth.

However, Pima County officials decided not to collect the extra money. Saying that anything beyond 1 percent of a home’s value is unconstitutional.

TUSD and Pima County are now suing the State of Arizona for the $8 million budget shortfall they say SB1529 created.

Pima County officials say they won a similar lawsuit in 2015.

Nick VinZant

Nick VinZant

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