Douglas Wolf

Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf speaks April 21 at the Arizona City Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Tumbleweed Inn.

FLORENCE — Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf says his department is still struggling to keep up with the rapid residential growth in the county.

Wolf told the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday that although the board approved more cartography employees in his office late last year, “we’re not caught up. We’re about the same as where we were because they keep approving subdivisions in the county, which is fine.”

One longtime employee left but two more have started, he said.

“We’re still struggling to meet the demands for parceling in the county, and I don’t see that ending anytime soon unless interest rates were to jump significantly,” Wolf told the board.

He continued that in his nine years as Pinal County assessor, the Legislature has failed to enact a property tax exemption for partially disabled U.S. veterans. He said the state used to offer this until it was removed by judicial action.

Wolf said newly appointed state Rep. Neal Carter, R-San Tan Valley, has introduced the bill for this session and Wolf asked the supervisors to support it.

He congratulated the board for supporting county employees and letting them do their work while still managing the COVID crisis, and the employees for continuing to run the county. “The business of government went on regardless of the crisis we’re enduring.”

“We’re going to have fun this session,” Barry McCain of Arizona City told the board. He said he would be at the Arizona Capitol on Monday, presumably for the Legislature’s opening day. “They’ve got to get something done,” McCain said. “We’re going to have fun and be very productive, because the fact is we do care.”

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