In a quick and simple ceremony, Supervisor Max W. Wilson was elected unanimously as the 2012 Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. Wilson, a Litchfield Park resident, pledged to work toward a “significant” lower property tax on residents this year and “to get government out of the way so jobs can be created in Maricopa County.”
Wilson also praised Gov. Jan Brewer for supporting the counties’ goal of ending the mandatory county contributions to the state budget and the cost shifts from state to county governments. “We’re still friends,” he said of Brewer, “and we’ll try to remain friends this year.”
Since the onset of the recession, and despite shrinking revenues, Maricopa County has contributed about $171.5 million to help the state balance its budget. Last year, the county was required to send $26.8 million to the state and absorb some state costs for the state Motor Vehicle Division, the Department of Health Services, the Arizona State Hospital and the Department of Public Safety.
Wilson, first appointed to the board in Feb. 2002, has been chairman twice before, most recently in 2009. The chairmanship is rotated annually among board members, four of whom are Republicans.