Property Tax Analysis
Southwestern Ag Services can provide the following services:
With the current depressed real estate market in Pinal County and Maricopa County farming areas it is imperative to reduce holding cost and generate cash flow to help offset these cost. One of the easiest ways to accomplish this goal is by maintaining the Agricultural Status on your property. In Arizona, property that is classified as agricultural is valuated based the income derived from the agricultural production and not the actual property value. This valuation is typically significantly less than the valuation for a non-agricultural parcel and thus the property taxes are correspondingly lower. With the rapidly changing market in the mid 2000’s many parcels were reclassified to classifications that significantly increased the assessed value. This reclassification generally occurred when the property changed ownership and the proper documentation was not filed or if a property was not actively farmed for several years. We can assist property owners in filing the proper documentation and supporting documents to establish or reestablish an Ag classification or provide guidance in management to support an Ag Classification.
The map above shows larger parcels in a farming area. The parcels without any shading are typically at the lower end of the range of assessed values on a per acre basis. These parcels are generally classified as agricultural. The darker the shading on the parcels the higher the assessed value on a per acre basis. This can be caused by many factors including improvements, land use, etc. However in many cases farmland is not properly classified which can result in an inflated assessment and in turn higher property taxes. We can use these tools to identify these discrepancies and address the problem.
Please contact us and we’ll be happy to review your current status and make recommendations