Chip Davis, Treasurer
Jessee Porter, Chief Deputy
1015 Fair Street
Prescott, AZ 86305
Summary of Treasurer Operations
As you review the 22/23 budget, the Treasurer’s Department would like to share with you an overview of the details of our operations.
The department performs two distinct and separate functions for Yavapai County and eighty-four other taxing entities within Yavapai County. We provide tax billing, collection, disbursement, banking, and investment services for those entities.
Our department is made up of one elected official (Treasurer), three at-will employees (Chief Deputy, Property Tax Supervisor, and Fiscal Supervisor) and nine classified employees (Administrative Assistant I, Accounting Specialist III, three Accounting Specialist II’s, and four Accounting Specialist I’s).
Our budget request for fiscal year 22/23 is $1,096,243, which is up $41,000 or .038% over 21/22. We have implemented many efficiencies and cost savings, but not enough to offset the cost of inflation in postage, printing, and office supplies.
Our collection services contributed $1,371,625 to the Yavapai County general fund for the calendar year of 2021, approximately $300,000 over the cost to run the department.
We developed an educational brochure that went out with our tax bills and is available at mortgage/title agencies across the county. The Treasurer’s Office started monitoring phone calls, and our first full year of data shows we received 29,168 phone calls in 2021. We have made multiple efforts to lower phone calls and make the department user friendly. We have lowered the number of calls; for example, 6000 in October 2020 compared to 4500 in October 2021.
Our department is governed by Yavapai County policies & procedures, 159 Arizona State statutes, and audited annually by the AZ Auditor General.
In the past three years, we have been involved in 206 tax lien foreclosure actions, 10 condemnations, 139 excess proceed matters, and 59 bankruptcy matters in addition to multiple abatements, public records requests, and contract matters.