Maricopa County on Monday unanimously approved its fiscal 2018 budget of $2.49 billion.
“Today we passed a budget that makes sense for the residents of Maricopa County,” board of supervisors Chairman Denny Barney said in a press release. “It keeps us on a path of fiscal responsibility, while at the same time, investing in much-needed capital projects like a new jail and intake facility that will make our criminal justice system much more efficient.”
Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the country, according to the release. The new budget invested in infrastructure and public safety. Capital expenses include $82.29 million for a new jail intake facility, $31.97 million for a public safety system and $37 million to convert an available building into offices for the Maricopa County Attorney and staff.
“The goal is always smarter government and exceptional service,” District 3 Supervisor Bill Gates said in the release. “Since taking office in January I have been amazed at the diversity of services the county delivers at a reasonable cost. This is not by accident. This year we were able to fund long-term projects for public safety without raising the tax rate.”
Mandated budget costs include employee pension contributions, cost shifts and direct contributions to the state and court-ordered costs incurred due to the Ortega Melendres v. Arpaio racial discrimination case.