Homeowners in Pima County can expect a small break when they pay their property taxes next year.

The Board of Supervisors reversed a previous decision they made several weeks ago to raise the primary property tax rate slightly higher than recommended by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry.

Instead, the three Democrats on the board opted to increase the tax rate by a single penny — which will translate into an estimated $12.63 decrease for the average homeowner.

The two Republicans on the board voted against the proposed budget.

The single penny increase in the tax rate will generate roughly $744,000 in additional revenue.

Officials will spend the funds on keeping the Community Performance and Arts Center in Green Valley open, opening a shotgun trap and skeet facility at the Southeast Shooting Range, moving the Ajo Chamber of Commerce  into a newer facility, a suicide prevention program at the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, a new trailer for the Littletown Food Bank and an increase in the uniform allowance for sheriff’s deputies.

Read more in tomorrow's Star

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.