Assessor Paul D. Petersen

Maricopa County Assessor's Office

News for 2014

Assessor Petersen announces selection of Vision Government Solutions as new CAMA vendor

Video announcement by Assessor Paul D. Petersen

Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is pleased to announce that Vision Government Solutions has been selected as the new provider of a Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal (CAMA) system. This decision was reached following an extensive formal procurement and selection process in which their application was thoroughly evaluated and selected by the review committee.

Maricopa County is the fourth largest assessment jurisdiction in the United States and has more than 1.6 million real and personal property parcels/accounts containing widely diverse property types that are valued on an on-going basis.

"Vision Government Solutions is at the forefront of parcel management companies and the product they build for us will have an effective life of 20 years or more," said Assessor Petersen.

"Vision's latest software version will provide the Assessor's Office with increased public transparency and online transactions, support accurate and justifiable property valuation, enable superior customer service and accountability, and improve data exchange with other government entities. I am pleased to be a part of this partnership and look forward to the next 20 years as we bring the future to the present," Assessor Petersen continued.

Jay Taranto, Executive Vice President at Vision, stated, "Maricopa County is one of the largest high profile and progressive assessment jurisdictions in the Country and we are very excited to be working with Paul Petersen and his staff. Maricopa County will represent our first installation in the State of Arizona and we are looking forward to our partnership to assist them in providing accurate and timely services to their customers."

The new CAMA system is expected to be fully configured, tested, and ready to support daily operations beginning in 2018.

Contact: Robert Pizorno
Tel: 602-372-0570
Cell Phone: 480-329-8219

Cyclomedia Vehicle Images

Photographs of Cyclomedia image capture vehicle on streets of Phoenix and Paradise Valley.


Changes to the Assessor Subdivision Parcel Numbering Program

Dear Developer/Civil Engineer/Real Property Owner(s):

In an ongoing effort to improve the efficiency of our service in response to the increase in land development in Maricopa County, this Office will be initiating some minor changes to our Parcel Numbering Program. These changes have been planned to enhance the Assessor's Office abilities to process requested subdivision plats and the continued delivery of Assessor Parcel Numbers (APN's) within an efficient time frame. All changes are a simplification of CAD requirements and contained within the attached Submittal Requirements and Guidelines. Although most of our processes have been able to keep pace, we are always looking to improve both our processes and service.

We are encouraged by the positive response we continue to receive regarding this program. In an effort to ensure this program's sustained success and provide even better service, we encourage your valuable cooperation and partnering with the Assessor's Office. It is our goal to provide you with parcel numbers as quickly as possible so that the community may be served as efficiently as possible.

We will begin implementing these revised process/criteria on June 2, 2014. We ask that you please distribute this letter and the enclosed information to all personnel within your office that may be involved in the CAD/Mapping Standards. Should you need additional copies or an electronic version, please contact us and we will be happy to accommodate your request.

Should you have any questions or suggestions please direct them to me Thomas Rief, by April 30th, 2014 at the contact info below.

Thank you.

Thomas J. Rief
Property Ownership & GIS Mapping Division Manager
Maricopa County Assessor's Office
(602) 506-7219

cc: Paul D. Peterson; County Assessor
Robert Pizorno; Communications Director

For more information please contact 602-506-0885

View the Changes to the Assessor Subdivision Parcel Numbering Program (PDF).

2015 Tax Agent Meeting Presentation

Assessor 2015 Notice of Valuation - Open Forum Presentation

Assessor 2015 Notice of Valuation - Open Forum Presentation (PDF)

Assessor Petersen Releases Tax Year 2015 Valuation Notices

Phoenix --- On February 21, 2014, the Maricopa County Assessor's Office will send out approximately 1.6 million valuation notices for tax year 2015 to all property owners in Maricopa County. In continuation of last year's trend, single-family residential properties have shown a double-digit increase in median Full Cash Value (FCV). This double digit increase over two consecutive tax years brings the median single-family FCV up to approximately $160,000.

All classes of property showed improvement year-over-year for the first time in seven years. Median single-family residential value of $160,000 for tax year 2015 is up 23.22% from $128,000 for tax year 2014. Median values for apartments have increased in 2014 to 2015; $101,700 and $126,600 respectively, up 27.81%. Median values for vacant land in 2014 was $21,000, and in 2015 median values are $26,000; a 23.22% increase from last year. Median commercial values showed the lowest percentage of increase, 9.93%; bringing median values up to $376,400 in 2015 from $342,400. It's important to see continued positive growth in the valuation of single-family residential properties, said Petersen. Additionally, as commercial properties are showing positive trends for the first time since 2009, this valuation notice is further evidence that market conditions in Maricopa County are improving for property owners he added.

Another factor property owners need to be aware of is Proposition 117. Passed in 2012 by a majority of Arizona voters, Proposition 117 works as a mechanism to control the large valuation swings that did so much damage to, not only property owners, but to government budgets, during the recession. Proposition 117 acts as a mandatory cap on valuation increases to the Limited Property Value (LPV), upon which both primary and secondary tax rates will now be based. So even though FCV may rise dramatically (as it is not limited and is based on market conditions), Proposition 117 caps increases in the LPV to 5% annually. It should be noted, this cap does not apply to new construction, additions, or deletions to your property.

What Proposition 117 does not do, however, is change statutory formulas used for calculating the amount of money which can be collected by taxing jurisdictions. Proposition 117 provides a stable and dependable value for LPVs, and, in theory, a stable tax base for taxing jurisdictions dependent on property taxes.

It is the duty of the Maricopa County Assessor to locate, identify, and value all types of property in Maricopa County. The annual notices being received by all property owners is titled 2015 but reflects market conditions from summer 2012-summer 2013 with a lien date of January 1, 2014. Assessor Petersen reminds all property owners to closely review all the information on their valuation notice. If they disagree with any of the information contained on the notice, then they should consider appealing the notice. This year, the administrative appeal deadline is April 22, 2014 (by statute, this is sixty (60) days from the mail date).

View all 2015 notice of valuation reports.

2015 Valuation Notices Press Release (PDF).

SAT Training in Beijing

IAAO Past President Rob Turner and Executive Board Member Tim Boncoskey, along with IAAO Members Michael Lomax, Joshua Ledgerwood and Elton Yuen, on behalf of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Shenzhen Center for Assessment and Development of Real Estate (CADRE) and Hong Kong Rating and Valuation Department (RV) provided lectures and consultation to Chinese government appraisers and real estate appraisers during their 9-day three city tour of China January 19-28, 2014.