Valley Cities Affordability and Homeowner's Comparisons

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The City of Mesa continues to provide quality services to residents and businesses using less resources than neighboring communities. Below is a comparison of the affordability of Valley cities.  

While Mesa is the second highest in the Valley for General Fund spending due to size, Mesa is the 3rd lowest in General Fund spending per capita.   There are two major resources available to municipalities to fund general operations: sales tax and primary property tax. Mesa’s local sales tax revenue per capita is the lowest among the Valley cities.  One contributing factor is the City’s exemption of sales tax on food for home consumption.  Over the past several years, the City has been at or near the bottom compared to sales tax activity in other Valley cities.  The City of Mesa also does not have a primary property tax. So, the combination of the sales tax revenue per capita and the primary property tax revenue per capita places the City further below other cities.  Residents of Mesa contribute less per capita to the general operations of the City than comparable cities, while experiencing high-quality services.  The City is dedicated to sustaining Mesa as a great place to live, work, and play.

 

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Typical Homeowner's Cost Comparison

One key analytical tool used by the City Council and City staff is a comparison of the typical costs incurred by homeowners in several cities throughout the Valley. The typical charges for the current fiscal year for various cities are compared with the average costs for the current fiscal year in the City of Mesa. While some neighboring municipalities have a different resource mix than Mesa, bringing them all together allows for comparison to ensure that Mesa remains an affordable place to live, work and play.

The Typical Homeowner's Annual Cost Comparison Notes:

  • The City of Mesa and the Town of Gilbert are the only municipalities that do not have a primary property tax. All other revenue sources exist in all municipalities.
  • Estimated city sales taxes paid is based on the average household expenditures from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey applied to each city's sales tax rate. Some cities have different rates for different taxable items. Mesa does not collect sales tax on the sale of food for consumption at home.
  • Comparisons are determined using a standard service level for all cities.
  • Standard solid waste charges are for twice per week garbage (and recyclables where applicable) collection using 90 gallon barrels. Solid Waste residential charges include a Green and Clean fee for Mesa.
  • Other city's environmental fees are included as applicable.
  • Charges are based on FY 2018/2019 annual median usage of 6,000 water gallons per month, ranging from 5,000 in winter to 8,000 in summer.
  • Wastewater charges area based on the average consumption of water during the winter months.

 

19-20 Homeowner's Annual Cost Comparison

 19-20 Typical Homeowner's Annual Cost Comparison

 

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