FAQ - Regarding Elderly Assistance

  • How can I sign up for the Elderly Assistance Fund?

    To be eligible, you must meet the income requirements and have enrolled in the Seniors Valuation Protection program. You must live within an organized school district and subscribe to Seniors Valuation Protection to be automatically eligible for the Elderly Assistance Fund.

  • If I am already enrolled in the Seniors Valuation Protection program, why would I not be eligible for the Elderly Assistance Fund?

    If you live outside an organized school district, you already have the benefit of reduced property tax rates because you are not funding a local school system. The Elderly Assistance Fund is designed to help low income elderly citizens who pay the additional burden of school district taxes.

  • I am already enrolled in the Seniors Valuation Protection program. Will I automatically receive a credit on my next tax bill?

    You will receive a credit if you meet the following requirements:

    • Reside in an organized school district (this excludes areas such as Sun City and Sun City West).
    • Have been in the Seniors Valuation Protection program at least one full year.
    • Qualify for a credit of at least $2 or more.
  • Who created the Elderly Assistance Fund?

    The EAF was established by the Board of Supervisors (ARS 42-17401).

  • How is the amount of credit determined for each taxpayer?

    Per ARS 42-17401 , the County Treasurer shall determine the total amount of monies in the Elderly Assistance Fund and the total number of qualified individuals who live in the County. The County Treasurer shall use the monies in the fund to proportionately reduce the primary school district taxes that are levied against the property of all qualified individuals in the County for the following tax year.

  • What are my Primary School Taxes that can be reduced by Elderly Assistance?

    Depending on where you live, a reduction may be against taxes that your schools levy on the following:

    1. Maintenance & Operation
      • Accounts for all financial resources of the district except those required to be accounted for in another fund.

    2. Special Improvements
      • Accounts for special assessments to finance the improvement of public ways adjacent to school property.

    3. Capital Outlay
      • Improvements to land and buildings, furniture, and vehicles.

    4. Soft Capital
      • Short term capital items for technology; text books and instructional aid.

    5. Additional Aid to Education
      • Additional tax assessed to those district's geographic area not eligible to receive equalization ARS 15-992

    6. State Aid
      • Reduction (tax credit) for homeowners (owner-occupied) in primary property tax levied by school districts in your area. This amount will be reimbursed to School Districts from the State through the County Treasurer.

  • I live in a manufactured home. Do I qualify for the Elderly Assistance Fund?

    Low income seniors whose primary residence is a mobile or manufactured home are eligible for the Elderly Assistance Fund as long as they are enrolled in the Seniors Valuation Protection.

  • I have an unsecured mobile home, do I qualify?

    Both Secured and Unsecured property qualify.

  • When are monies from the Elderly Assistance Fund distributed to the school districts?

    The Elderly Assistance Fund money is distributed to the schools early in the tax year when the rates are calculated.

  • How do I know if I received benefit from the Elderly Assistance Fund?

    You will see the amount applied to your education taxes on your tax statement.

  • I qualify and live in an organized school district, and I have a low property tax. Why did I not receive any Elderly Assistance Funds?

    The Elderly Assistance Fund will not be provided to amounts less than $2.00.



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CP Expirations Legal Changes

There has been a change in CP Liens that is applicable to lienholders. Beginning September, 2019, SB1236 will include a provision that modifies the language in §A.R.S. 42-18127 Section A.

The original certificate of purchase, in addition to all subsequent taxes (sub taxes) will expire if an action to foreclose has not commenced within ten years after the last day of the month in which the original certificate was acquired.

Pursuant to this legislation, tax liens eligible for expiration will include the original certificate and all related sub taxes in the expiration process. Those liens with deadlines that are already in effect will not be affected however it will affect all future sub taxing liens so that the deadline will expire within a ten year period after the last day of the month that it was acquired and time limits cannot be extended to the original purchase.

You should consult your attorney for further advice.

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Elderly Assistance Program

We have been receiving many phone calls from seniors expressing shock and dismay at the significant increase in their property tax bills. It is tragic. Treasurer Royce T. Flora has been trying for five years to get the legislature to reclassify low-income seniors’ homes in order to lower their ever-increasing property taxes. Several different players have defeated these efforts each year, which has led to a doubling of many folks’ property taxes this year. Treasurer Flora is not giving up. Please click on this LINK to read a letter to legislators explaining the Treasurer’s disappointment in their failure to help our needy seniors. With the enthusiastic help of Representatives Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff) and Anthony Kern (R-Phoenix), Treasurer Flora will again champion the effort to get a bill passed by legislators and signed by the governor in 2020.

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October 24, 2019



The political attack made by Vince Leach, from Pinal County, on the Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office is neither factual nor warranted. The Maricopa County Treasurer has complied with the new law to mail out 2019 Property Tax notices to property owners with a mortgage. As required by SB1033, “ARS § 42-18054: (a) tax statement sent to the mortgagor shall be a written document and may be in any form established by the county treasurer.” This was done.

In an effort to mitigate the costs of this unfunded mandate, Treasurer Royce Flora designed a postcard-size notice like the ones discontinued four years ago because it duplicated information already provided to the taxpayer from both the Assessor and the mortgage companies. Mr. Leach’s unfunded mandate in the SB1033 law cost Maricopa County taxpayers an additional $230,000.00 for printing and mailing, alone. That is not “childish” money.

Mr. Leach’s complaints appear to be a form of retaliation against Treasurer Flora and this office. Mr. Leach did not support Treasurer Flora’s efforts to protect low-income seniors from ever increasing property taxes, and helped lead the effort to kill the bill putting seniors at risk of losing their homes. Mr. Leach was told about the cost before the bill passed and his statement to the Treasurer’s PIO was “have fun.” Maybe that is why people in his county have higher taxes than we do in Maricopa County.

The Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office is the most transparent government entity in the state of Arizona. All our statements, processes, and taxpayer information is on our website, in addition to the several mailings and email blasts throughout the year. Our website is easily accessed and user-friendly. In fact, over 300,000 property owners have accessed our website for their specific property tax information, in addition to general information that it provides.

Treasurer Flora will continue to look for ways to lower costs to taxpayers and, in particular, will work with like-minded elected officials to relieve the tax burden on low income seniors. Mr. Leach clearly is not one of them.

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Parcel number 123-45-678 9, can be entered as 123 45 678

Parcel number 123-45-678a 9, can be entered as 123 45 678 a

For Mobile Home/Business Personal Property - Use the personal property roll number with a prefix of 9 as the parcel number.
Example: Roll number 60-00-001 8 can be entered as 960 00 001.

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