The Budget Office

The Budget Office was created on July 1, 1993, in order to institute greater financial controls at Maricopa County.

Vision & Mission Statement

Department Vision

To be a valued, trusted partner to County Leadership.

Department Mission

The mission of the Maricopa County Budget Office is to support County Leadership by providing research and resource allocation recommendations for their consideration as they advance the County's goals of exceptional customer service and a lean and efficient government.

Department Values

Customer Commitment

Department Issues & Goals


  • The cost of increased service demands are outpacing the constitutionally capped expenditure growth as evidenced by the FY 2014 to 2016 9.78% budget growth compared to 4.17% growth of the expenditure limit during the same period: which if left unaddressed could result in penalties and potential reductions in services which will compromise public safety.
  • The County faces resource constraints because: a) The economic recovery is slower and weaker than a typical recovery as evidenced by 2.2% U.S. Gross Domestic Product growth in 2015. (Pollack Glance 1507); b) Another recession is anticipated in the next 2-5 years; c) Continued and/or increased cost shifts from the state; d) Unfunded pension liabilities. If these trends are not mitigated, the County will have reduced resources available to meet service demand of County Departments and residents.


  • By June 30,2019, Maricopa County will keep the growth of operational expenditures subject to the expenditure limit under the growth of the expenditure limit.
  • By June 30, 2022, the Maricopa County budgeted mandate payments to/cost shifts from the State of Arizona will be 10.7% overall compared to 11.6% in the FY 2016 Adopted Budget of $2,234,405,833.
  • By the end of FY 2022, Maricopa County's General Fund Operating reserves will equal two months of the prior year's operating expenditures.