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Eligible widows, widowers and totally disabled persons age 17, or over, may be eligible.
You may receive a reduction in your property value for tax purposes. Any dollar amount of the exemption that is unused may be applied against the value of personal property or vehicle subject to special property taxes.
No, the exemption is applied to the real estate first, then to a mobile home or an automobile.
Yes, you can apply for the disability or widow exemption for vehicle only. You do not have to own real property.
*Income Levels and Assessed Value Limits are updated annually on or before December 31st by the Department of Revenue. The above income levels and Assessed Value Limits are for tax year 2023.
For your convenience forms are fillable and printable below or may be obtained at the Graham County Assessor’s Office.
The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:
The Crime Victim Compensation Program can cover crime-related expenses for:
The Compensation Program CANNOT cover:
Awards may be reduced or denied in the following situations:
Our office hours are Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Criminal, Civil, Domestic Relations, Juvenile, Probate and Marriage Affidavits.
*Adoptions (with a court order signed by the Judge).
Yes, there is a Request for Court Records Form on our webpage that needs to be filled out or you may call our office requesting copies.
Both parties must be present with their ID. A form will be provided for you to fill out and the cost is $83.00. Once we receive the form filled out our office will prepare the marriage license. Visit our Marriage Licenses page.
You can drop off your ballot at any Vote Center / Polling Place in the county, at the Recorder’s Office or in the Early Ballot Drop box located in the parking lot at the:
Graham County General Services Building921 Thatcher BoulevardSafford, AZ 85546
Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on election day. Visit our How To Return Your Early Ballot Page to view photos of the drop box and its location.
Yes. Early voting in person may be done no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday preceding the election at the Recorder’s Office. You may also request that an Early Ballot be delivered by mail to your residence or P.O. Box.
Important note: Requests can be taken from 93 days through 11 days prior to an election. (We start mailing ballots 26 days prior to the election). If you will be out of town, you may request that an Early Ballot be mailed to the address where you may be staying.
Note: Ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The Active Early Voting List allows the voter who is registered to receive ballots by mail for each election.
Prior to each election you will receive a 90-day notice in the mail to verify your mailing address. If your information is correct, you can disregard the letter and your ballot will then be automatically mailed to you on the date specified on the letter. To sign up for the Active Early Voting List (PDF) you must provide your signature and make the request in writing or call the Graham County Recorder’s Office at 928-428-3560 and we can mail you the form.
Yes. However, there are procedures set forth by the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) just for overseas and military voters. For more information on the FVAP you may contact your local federal voting assistance officer or the FVAP time line.
The polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Current vacancies can be found on our Human Resources Page, on our Home Page Employment button, or postings can be found in the General Services Building, 921 W. Thatcher Blvd., Safford AZ. For further questions, please contact our Human Resources Office.
You can either apply online or applications can be picked up at the Human Resources Office. For further questions, please contact our Human Resources Office.
You can either fill out your Online Application and submit it or pick up a hard copy in the Human Resources Office. For further questions, please contact our Human Resources Office.
A completed application is required for all Graham County positions. Resumes may be included with the application. Applications are only accepted for open positions. Visit the Human Resources Page for more information.
Yes, a separate application is required for each position that you are applying for. Each job application submitted may only contain one position title. Visit the Human Resources Page for more information.
For the positions listed as open until filled/open continuous, these applications are only reviewed when an opening becomes available. It could take one month to five months for a position to become available. Applications are only good for six months, if you are still interested in the position, you applied over six months ago and have not heard anything, you would need to reapply. If the position you are applying for has a closing date, your application is due by 6 p.m. of the closing date. Applications will not be accepted after that. For more information, visit our Human Resources Page.
Applications will go through an initial screening process, to verify the applicant has met the minimum qualifications, if the applicant qualifies they will be placed on a certification list along with other qualified applicants. The Certification List along with the application will be sent to the Department Head or Designee for review. Whether the applicant qualified or did not qualify they will be notified by mail. If an applicant did qualify, it could take a couple of weeks to be notified of an interview. For more information, visit our Human Resources Page.
You may call 928-428-8979 to follow up on your job application status.
If the opening has a closing date, it will be on the Human Resources Page and posted in the Graham County General Services Building, 921 W. Thatcher Blvd, Safford AZ for two weeks. Once the position closes, it will be removed. For open until filled / open continuous positions, they are updated / re-advertised, when the Department needs more applications to fill the position. For further inquiries, please contact the Human Resources Office.
Visit FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Viewer or call our Engineering office at 928-428-0410.
An Elevation Certificate is a document needed to obtain flood insurance.
If the County does not have one on file, you will need to hire a Licensed Civil Engineer or Licensed Land Surveyor to create one for you.
A Drainage Clearance is a form and/or plan prepared by an engineer that provides the information necessary to protect improvements from damage to the proposed improvements in a 100-year storm event.
Contact an engineer to prepare a Drainage Clearance.
Graham County maintains approximately 600 miles of unimproved, unsurfaced dirt roads. One of the most important recurring functions of the Highway Department is to grade these roads. County dirt roads are graded at various time intervals, depending on the road’s classification. Due to the County’s extremely dry climate, the roads are often dusty and corrugated. More frequent dry blading only makes these conditions worse. Drivers are cautioned to drive at prudent speeds and exercise due caution on dirt roads. Potentially hazardous situations should be reported to the Highway Maintenance Division. For more questions please Contact the Highway Department.
Graham County is governed by State Statutes as to how public funds are spent on roadways. If the road in question is not currently in the Graham County Road Maintenance System and has not been accepted by the Board of Supervisors for maintenance, then the use of HURF funds is governed by State Statute §28-6705 which states:
“The Board of Supervisors may expend public funds for maintenance of public roads and streets other than legally designated state and county highways located outside the limits of an incorporated city or town. Before expending public funds thereon, such roads or streets shall be laid out, opened and constructed without cost to the county and fully completed in accordance with a plat approved pursuant to §11-802 and §11-806.1, and in accordance with standard engineering road specifications adopted by the County Board of Supervisors to insure uniform compliance. Public funds may be expended by the Board of Supervisors for maintenance of public roads and streets laid out, constructed and opened prior to June 13, 1975 even if such roads and streets were not constructed in accordance with subsection “A” of this section.
For further inquiries, please contact the Highway Department.
The Highway Department does not maintain or clean out driveway culverts. This is the sole responsibility of the property owner. Culverts under roadways are on the maintenance schedule of the Highway Department.
If you should see a traffic sign down or damaged, it should be reported to the Highway Department by calling 928-428-3652.
A permit must be obtained before work can be done in the right-of-way. This would include public utilities, contractors or individuals, for purposes other than transportation, (e.g. trenching or cutting) in the right-of-way. There is a filing and inspection fee charged to each applicant to assure that the use of the County property is in compliance with permit conditions. The only exemption to this requirement would be if the work is to be performed on a non-County maintained roadway and is not utility related. The phone number for Planning and Zoning and Engineering is 928-428-0410. Visit our Permits Page to learn more.
Since County dirt roads become extremely muddy when it rains:
Visit our Highway Page for more information.
Citizens can assist us by reporting potentially hazardous road and drainage conditions to the Highway Department and by noting the exact location of the problem (street and cross street). The phone number of the Highway Department is 928-428-3652. Emergencies occurring during non-business hours and on weekends should be reported to the Sheriff’s Department at 928-428-3141. The County can then take appropriate action.
If your violation is marked “CRIMINAL” skip down to “Criminal Charge” below.
If your violation is marked “CIVIL” continue here.
All traffic citations have a date written on them, by which you must “appear.” Appear means that you let us know what you want to do about the citation.
Look down by the officer’s signature for “appear on __-__-20_.” You may appear on or before that date and the clerks can help you do that when you tell them how you wish to proceed.
The initial court date and time is written at the bottom of your citation you must appear on or before that date.
A Civil Traffic citation from a police officer must be dealt with in one manner or another whether you agree with the officer or not. A failure to deal with it properly (by appearing) will only cause it to be dealt with in the alternative. That means, if you “Fail To Appear” (FTA) by your date, the law says;
You must appear in court and file a Not Responsible plea to request a hearing or you may file a motion by mail or by fax. Be aware that once you file the request for a hearing, you lose / waive your right to attend Defensive Driving School.
At the hearing, you must appear in person (possibly with an attorney) to cross-examine the officer and / or put on your own defense. Bring to the hearing any and all evidence / testimony that you want the judge to hear in your case.
If you need a subpoena to get your witness into court, apply to the court to have the subpoena issued and served. Remember, your case is your responsibility; take action to present a good defense. You may either appear and defend, or you may have an attorney appear for you. No other party can represent you.
At the hearing, the officer’s burden is to show by a “preponderance of the evidence” that you committed the offense. Sometimes, that is described as 51% rule, that you committed the offense. For anything less than these levels, the court will enter a dismissal of the charges. If the officer does not appear, your case will also get dismissed. But if it is you that doesn’t appear, the finding usually goes to the state and against you. Be sure to attend the hearing.
The only way that a court can dismiss your case is at the request of the plaintiff (the state prosecutor), upon the officer not appearing at the hearing, or when after a hearing the court finds for the defendant.
Because all fines are different, contact the court or go to the Civil Traffic website.
If you do not pay your financial obligation to the court:
If you cannot pay your fine in full, bring that to the attention of the Judge or a clerk and payment arrangements can be made by making monthly payments to the court.
If your payment is meant for Pima Justice Court Prec 2 in Pima Arizona:Mail your payment to:P.O. Box 1159Pima, AZ, 85543We do not accept payments for other courts, we will return the payment to you. If you do not know where you need to send your payment, you can search your case at Arizona Judicial Branch Case Search website.
If you either admit, or are found responsible, you can assume there will be a fine associated with your case. (see “Fines” in this web site) You are expected to pay that fine at that time.
Cash can be delivered to the clerks; Money Orders/Cashier Checks may be mailed (don’t mail cash); Credit/debit cards may be taken over the internet. see EZ-Track on this web site.)
Installment payments If however, you cannot make payment in full, you can arrange with the court to pay in installments over time, but an additional $20 fee will be added. If you are approved to make installment payments, and then default on one of your payments, your driver’s license can be suspended without further notice. That is an MVD action not a court action. Therefore, if an emergency which will prevent you from making your installment payment has occurred, you must contact the court and ask for a temporary waiver of your payment.
Yes, you can use either or both. Throughout this internet site there are forms you can print and return in person or by mail, to indicate your “appearance” option (Responsible / Not-responsible / Traffic School). If your written response is either Not Responsible or Traffic School, the paper will serve as your appearance and you do not then have to come into court on that date. The court staff will take your paper response and work out a schedule with you.
If your response is “Responsible” you will need to make the payment in some manner. See options below.
However, you can always walk into court at any time if you prefer, and/or hire an attorney to appear for you.
On this web-site, there is a link entitled, “Arizona Revised Statues.” From that link, you can select the title and section of any law of interest to you, and read the black-letter law.
In addition, you may want to look at the Court Rules which the courts must follow in conducting your hearing.
Alternatively, you can come into court and use the books here or at your library.
If your case is ultimately dismissed, nothing happens to your driving record. However, if you are found responsible (either by pleading responsible, or being found responsible after a hearing, or by failing to appear) the court will generally enter a customary fine for the offense.
Any and all “points” assessed against your license are strictly and only the result of MVD action; The court does not ever order any points against your license. Nor can the court order MVD to not assess points. MVD operates under their own policies. In addition, it is possible that MVD will assess additional penalties, including Defensive Driving School, Traffic Survival School, Suspend the license, etc. Contact MVD for information concerning your driving record and any possible consequences.
Generally, the judge is not allowed to talk about evidence in the case with only one party at a time. Therefore, the judge tries to avoid talking about the details of the case with you, or the other side, separately. The best way to discuss the facts is to see an attorney who can advise you of what you should do or not do. The judge cannot advise you and cannot keep your conversations private from the other party.
If you need a subpoena to get your witness into court, apply to the court to have the subpoena issued and served. Remember, your case is your responsible; take action to present a good defense. You may both appear and defend, or you may have an attorney appear for you. No other party can represent you.
At the hearing, the officer’s burden is to show by a “preponderance of the evidence” that you committed the offense. Sometimes, that is described as a 51% rule, that you committed the offense. For anything less than this levels, the court will enter a dismissal of the charges. If the officer does not appear, your case will also get dismissed. But if it is you that doesn’t appear, the finding usually goes to the state and against you. Be sure to attend the hearing.
Yes, if you qualify. You can attend once every 12 months, and get a single charge dismissed. There is a registration fee to attend. A full explanation, instructions, and form to apply for DDS can be found at;
Defensive Driving School is a four-hour class for drivers who received a traffic ticket and have a eligible violation code to attend. If you have more than one eligible violation on your citation, you can only have ONE violation dismissed. You may take the class in person or online. You must complete your course 7 days prior to your court date or extension date.
Yes, if you qualify. You can attend once every 24 months. If you have more than one eligible violation, you may only attend to have one violation dismissed.
Yes, but you must visit Azcourts Defensive Driving Schools Information Entry Point to register for a online class.
No, you only pay the school’s fee. Once the class is completed the citation gets dismissed. You must contact the court if you decide to attend.
You may take the class in person or online. You must complete your course no later than 7 days prior to your court date or extension date. Visit Azcourts for the Defensive Driving Schools Information entry point.
The cost of a defensive driving class will vary depending on the local area and the specific school and violation code. Visit Azdrive Defensive Driving Schools Information Entry Point.
Per A.R.S. §28-3392.C2, You are not eligible to attend a defensive driving class if you have a Class CDL driver’s license.
Traffic Survival School is different from Defensive Driving School. It is a 8-hour class that is monitored and mandated by the State of Arizona and Motor Vehicle Department. If you are notified to attend, it is required that you must attend the class to avoid having your license suspended or voided.
The court is open Monday – Thursday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closed Fridays and all major holidays.
The court is located at 800 W. Main Street, Safford AZ.
You may call the court at 928-428-1210. Monday – Thursday 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Log on to: Arizona Courts Online Payment
Visit the Arizona Judicial Branch website for Public Access to Court Information.
Generally, the judge is not allowed to talk about evidence in the case with only one party at a time. Therefore, the judge tries to avoid talking about the details of the case with you, or the other side, separately. The best way to discuss the facts is to see an attorney who can advise you of what you should do or not do. The judge cannot advise you and cannot keep your conversations private from the other party.
Yes, “dirt work” does not require a permit, everything else does. Sheds, fences, walls, conex boxes, pools, shops, etc. ALL need permits.
All building and installation permits are to be submitted using this portal. Make sure to upload your building plans, plot plan sketch, and power of attorney forms so that your submission is not rejected.
The fee is based on value of livable and utility space by the square foot. Please see the chart on the Planning and Zoning page for base fees.
Utility service, insurance adjusters, and lending institutions require proof of permit when conducting business concerning your property. Getting a permit after-the-fact is difficult and expensive. Graham County can charge up to 5X the normal permit fee for construction that has occurred without a permit.
View the following setback resources:
Contact the Graham County Health Department at 928-428-0110 or email Gavin Lawson. You can also visit the Septic and Wastewater page for more information.
Contact the health department at 928-428-0110 or visit the Health Department page.
Contact Joe or Blake by email or phone to schedule an inspection. HAVE YOUR PERMIT NUMBER HANDY. No inspections will be scheduled without having a permit in hand.
The County Assessor and the Planning and Zoning Department both have separate and different “zones” for parcels. You can find land use zones info on the Zoning Maps on the Planning and Zoning page. Search by address or parcel number. Make sure to check the “Graham Zoning” box and consult the legend to see what the colors mean. Your parcel number can be found on your tax bill or valuation notice. Please see Articles 4 and 5 of the County Ordinances for land use regulations and land use provisions.
Fill out a Minor Land Division Affidavit and bring the required documents in to the Planning & Zoning office. Make sure to see the check list on the front page of the affidavit for the list of documents that you will need.
A general guide is that one large animal or two smaller animals per 10,000 square feet of property is allowed only on parcels larger than 20,000 square feet, except where prohibited by CC and Rs.
You may live in an RV while your home is being built. You must have a temporary RV permit as well as a building permit.
A manufactured home can only be set-up (installed) by a State licensed installer. All building and installation permits are to be submitted using this portal. Make sure to upload your building plans, plot plan sketch, and power of attorney forms so that your submission is not rejected. Homes older than June of 1976 cannot be moved at all and must be demolished.
Your parcel number can be found on your tax bill or valuation notice or (parcel information search and tax search) or contact the Graham County Assessor’s Office at 928-428-2828.
Property owners are required to obtain permits from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for the purpose of conducting open burning. Copies of Open Burning permit applications and permit requirements are available from the Health Department (928) 428-1962, however the completed applications must be forwarded to ADEQ for approval.
Visit the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Graham County does not regulate water wells. For information on wells go to https://new.azwater.gov/
Fill out and submit a complaint form found on the Planning & Zoning page.
If you see criminal activity call 911.
Graham County Planning and Zoning has no records of easements on individual lots that are not part of a recorded subdivision. A surveyor, real estate attorney, or a schedule B from a title company may be able to assist you with the location of easements. Recorded subdivisions may have easement information listed as part of the recorded plat. You may also contact our Graham County Recorder's Office at (928) 428-3560.
Forms are available at most Title Companies, office supply or stationary stores.
Refer to the Recording Fee Schedule (PDF) or you may call the Recorder’s Office at 928-428-3560.
Your question may be answered in ARS § 33-1101, 33-1102, 33-1103, 33-1104 and 33-1105 and / or by consulting an attorney. For information about Recorder's services, visit the Recorder Page.
Your question may be answered by contacting a title company and/or by consulting an attorney.
You may either come in and do a title search on your own or contact a title company to perform one for you. You may also search records through our “Document Search”.
You need to come in to the Recorder’s Office to search and determine if an affidavit of real property value has been recorded. You may also search records through our “Document Search”.
All records in our office are located by searching our grantor / grantee name index. A title company may also perform one for you. You may also search records through our “Document Search”.
No, please try the Assessor’s parcel search.
Copies of recorded documents can be requested:
All property sales transactions require a completed Affidavit or an exemption number. For more information you may contact the Arizona Department of Revenue at 602-542-4425.
We suggest you contact a title company or an attorney for proper legal advice.
Your questions may be answered in ARS 33-420 and/or by consulting an attorney.
If the document meets the recording requirements, is complete, and the recording fees (PDF) have been paid we will accept your document and make it a matter of permanent public record.
We then key the pertinent information to create an index so that you may locate this document in the future. Your original document will be returned to the address typed on the document. If the original document is ever lost or misplaced, a certified copy may be obtained from our office.
If you currently own this property and the sale was processed through a title company, check in your title policy for Schedule “B”. This should list all easements of record that affect your property. If schedule “B” is not available, you will need one party’s name and approximate date of recording.
A.R.S. § 15-421.F requires the county school superintendent to publish on its website a 500 word statement of each certified candidate for governing board. The statements will be linked to each of the eight school districts in Graham County. The candidate statement is to be typewritten or electronically submitted along with a recent photograph of the candidate. The statements will be published verbatim.
No - if a candidate does not submit a statement, the county school superintendent’s website shall sate “no response submitted” for the candidate.
Candidates shall submit a 500 word statement, along with a recent photograph of the candidate, to the Graham County School Superintendent’s Office no later than September 16, 2020.
A governing board member functions as one part of a school district board (consisting of three or five members), making decisions and planning direction for the school district in accordance with State law.
Some areas of responsibility include:
To be eligible for nomination to a school district governing board pursuant to A.R.S § 15- 421, a candidate must be a registered voter of the state and has been a resident of the school district for at least one year immediately proceeding the day of election. In addition, no employee of a school district or the spouse of such employee may hold membership on a governing board of a school district of which such employee is employed.
The governing board shall prescribe and enforce policies and procedures for the governance of the schools, not inconsistent with law or rules prescribed by the State Board of Education according to A.R.S. § 15-341.
Yes. The Arizona School Board Association (ASBA) provides model training and leadership to school board members and administrators. ASBA also conducts in-service education for prospective and experienced board members, including workshops and seminars, an annual delegate assembly, a university of board development, a law conference and an annual conference. Governing boards may also contract with ASBA for customized board training sessions. ASBA also has a publication available - Boardsmanship in Arizona - a comprehensive manual and guide for governing board members as well as other resource materials relating to school board issues.
No, you cannot. A.R.S. § 16-311 states that the nomination paper of a candidate must be accompanied by the nomination petitions.
The following forms are required:
No, you do not. The detailed personal financial disclosure statement required by A.R.S. § 38-542 is not required of governing board members.
Challenging the nomination of a candidate is outlined in A.R.S. § 16-351. Any elector filing any court action challenging the nomination of a candidate shall do so no later than 5 p.m. of the tenth day (excluding Saturday, Sunday and other legal holidays) after the last day for filing nomination papers and petitions. For the (date pending) General Election the deadline to challenge nomination petitions is (date pending). The elector shall specify in the action the petition number, line number and basis for the challenge for each signature being challenged.
Once the Statement of Interest is filed, the information becomes public.
The regular term of office for each member shall be four years from January 1 following the General Election. Governing Board members’ terms are rotated so that in any given general election year not all Governing Board members’ terms expire at the same time. For this November General Election the majority of the school districts have three members whose terms will expire on December 31, 2020. There are districts that will have a special term position on the ballot. These positions have either been vacant or an appointment has been made by the Graham County School Superintendent to fill the position until the next General Election.
Should a governing board member vacate their position before the expiration of their term, the county school superintendent may appoint an individual to fill the vacancy. The term of the appointment shall be only until the next regular election for governing board members, at which time a successor shall be elected to serve the unexpired portion of the term according to A.R.S. § 15-302.
The JTED boundaries are the same as the regular school district boundaries.
Newly elected governing board members will take office at the first organizational meeting of the school board, which must be held between the first and the 15th day of January following the general election. The oath of office can be administered any time after the district receives the certificate of election, but must be administered at least one day before the first governing board meeting.
Governing board elections are part of the general election in even-numbered years. The next election date is November 3, 2020; see reference at A.R.S. § 16-204.
For the purposes of regular meetings of the governing board, the board shall hold a regular meeting at least once each month during the regular school year and may hold other meetings as often as called. The board shall meet at the most convenient public facility in the school district. (All according to A.R.S § 15-321).
Candidates must file a Statement of Interest before collecting any signatures.
All candidates who desire to have their names printed on the General Election ballot must file all required forms with the Graham County School Superintendent during the filing period of June 8, 2020 to July 6, 2020.
This form will only be filled out if you have spent or received a combination of $1,200. These documents should be filed with the Graham County School Superintendent’s Office within 10 days after the campaign’s combined receipts and distributions exceed $1,200. Once filed the committee must file periodic Campaign Finance Reports. (All according to A.R.S. § 16-311.B)
All school district governing board paperwork should be filed with the Graham County School Superintendent at 921 Thatcher Blvd., Safford AZ 85546
See A.R.S. § 16-311 for more information.
The properties offered through a Tax Deed Sale are properties that have been on the County Treasurer’s delinquent list but were not sold at the Treasurer’s Tax Lien Sale. The properties have passed the allowed time for the homeowner to redeem the state tax liens and now have been deeded to the State of Arizona. Graham County acts on behalf of the State of Arizona by selling properties for back taxes due, plus any liens and administrative fees. Once sold and deeded the properties will be assessed and put back on the tax roll under the new owner’s name.
The Tax Deed Sale is held in December. The information will be advertised in the Eastern Arizona Courier once per week for two weeks before the sale.
You will register the day of the sale. No prior registration is required.
There is a $100.00 administrative fee added to each parcel. This will cover the cost of issuing the deed and recording the deed. The fee is included in the minimum bid amount.
Cashier’s Checks, Money Orders, or Cash are the only forms of payment accepted.
A Treasurer’s receipt will be issued at the close of the sale. The sale is then approved by the Board of Supervisors at the next scheduled board meeting. The deed will be issued and recorded within two weeks of the Board of Supervisor approval.
Parcels that are not sold at the auction will be placed on our Over the Counter list. Once a property has been offered at a tax deed sale it will be available year round. The list can be viewed on our OVER THE COUNTER TAX DEED LIST on the website. You must fill out a form and file it with the Treasurer’s Office. Your offer will be placed on the next Board of Supervisor Meeting Agenda for approval.
We do not keep mailing lists. The information is available on the Graham County website. You may purchase a list from the Treasurer’s Office for .25 per page.
When you purchase a tax lien, you are not purchasing the property. You are purchasing a lien against the property. A tax lien holder is then eligible to receive interest back on the payment when the taxes are paid by the homeowner. A tax lien holder has no rights to the property. However, if the homeowner does not pay the taxes within a certain amount of the time, the lien holder can attempt to foreclose on the property to force payment or obtain a deed. The Treasurer’s website has more information on this process.
When you purchase a property through a Tax Deed Sale, the property has already been through a tax lien sale and due to non-payment over several years has been deeded to the State of Arizona. These properties are available for the first time in December and then available over the counter throughout the year. Once the tax deed process is complete a deed is issued to the purchaser. The deed is issued WITHOUT WARRANTY. The County does not warrant the title and the property is deeded AS IS.
Taxes are mailed in September for the current calendar year. First half taxes are due October 1, delinquent after November 1. Second half payment is due March 1, delinquent after May 1. You may pay both halves together in a single payment until December 31st and avoid interest. If you miss a deadline you may owe fees plus interest charges of 16% per year prorated monthly.
Call us at 928-428-3440 for information on how to pay.
The Treasurer’s Office does accept partial payments on taxes. However, the delinquent dates still apply and interest will be added on any remaining balance. We cannot accept partial payments on taxes that have been through a real property tax sale. In addition, we cannot accept payment on a tax year that has not been billed. 2014 taxes will not be billed until September 2014 and we cannot accept any payments until that time.
Call us at 928-428-3440 for more information on how to pay.
First, if the taxes are delinquent, verify the amount due by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 928-428-3440. Make the check payable to the Graham County Treasurer and print your parcel number on the check. Please include the stub from your tax bill. Send your check to:Graham County TreasurerMary BinghamP.O. Box 747Safford, AZ 85548
Tax increases may be a result of increased property value and/or higher budget demands resulting in an increased tax rate. You can tell which taxing authority increased their tax rate by looking at the comparative taxes shown on your tax statement. Increased property value can be a result of many factors. The Assessor’s Office determines your property value based on state guidelines.
Although some of the taxing districts are county wide, most of the taxes you are assessed are location specific. This is determined by the area code listed on your tax notice. If you live in Safford you will pay for the Safford School District taxes, City of Safford, and possibly the Safford Fire District. The same applies if you live in Thatcher you will pay Thatcher School District, City of Thatcher, Thatcher Fire, Etc. Tax Rates differ from district to district. For example, a home valued at $75,000 will be taxed approximately $876.43 in Safford, $989.71 in Thatcher, and $971.65 in Pima. For more information on tax rates, visit our tax rate page.
All property taxes are calculated based on the Limited Primary Value (LPV). This is a value established by legislation based on a mathematical formula that limits the amount of increase in a year. Primary property taxes are levied for the maintenance and operation of:
Secondary property taxes are levied for special districts, voter approved bonds, and budget overrides.
There are two different procedures for collecting delinquent property taxes depending on the classification of the property. Interest is assessed by state law at 16% per annum prorated monthly on all property tax.
When this property becomes delinquent, per Arizona Revised Statute, the Sheriff’s Department is responsible to collect the taxes or seize the property for auction.
If the taxes are not paid in full within 13 months of the 1st half delinquent date (January), an advertising fee of 5% or 5 (whichever is greater) is assessed. After 16 months, the Treasurer’s Office offers a tax lien on the property (February). If the tax lien is not redeemed within three years from the date of the sale, the tax lien purchaser may initiate foreclosure proceedings in an effort to obtain a deed to the property.
In a typical home sale / purchase, taxes are prorated and the buyer is given credit for the seller’s portion. You should check with your settlement papers or contact the title company to confirm responsibility. Due to value notification requirements for the Assessor’s Office, the legal name on the property will not reflect the change for at least one billing cycle. If you do not receive a tax bill, please call the Treasurer’s Office at 928-428-3440 for an amount due. Failure to receive a tax bill is not a legal reason for waiving interest.
Mortgage Companies request the tax bill information electronically. We receive a list in August of parcels that are serviced by mortgage companies. Bills are not printed for these properties. Some mortgage companies do not follow this practice. Since we do not know who is responsible for paying the taxes, we send the bill to the property owner. If you received a tax bill and your mortgage company should pay the bill, please contact your mortgage company to verify that they have received the information. In addition, if you refinance your mortgage and you are now responsible for your taxes, please note the due dates. We only send one bill in September for the two halves. You are welcome to call our office at 928-428-3440 any time to check on the tax status of your property taxes.
Payment must be made by 2 p.m. on the day of the sale.
The Treasurer’s Office issues a counter receipt that lists the registered Certificate of Purchase number at the time of payment.
The parcels will be available for purchase a few days after the tax sale.
The Treasurer’s Office will have a listing of all eligible parcels. This list will be available one week after the tax sale at this site.
The tax lien sale is in February every year. The next sale is on February 28, 2024 beginning at 9 a.m.
The sale will be at the Graham County General Services Building in the Assembly Room, located at:921 Thatcher BoulevardSafford, AZ 85546
The hours are 9 a.m. until completed.
During February, the list is posted at this site, posted outside our office at:General Services Building921 Thatcher BoulevardSafford, AZ 85546
These are available for purchase from us if you call 928-428-3440 and are advertised in the Eastern Arizona Courier (please call 928-428-2560). In other months, the list of available liens is posted at this site and available at the Treasurer’s Office for review or purchase.
You can only bid if you have registered. You must be registered to bid and have a bidder number.
Visit the Treasurer’s Office and complete a Bidder Information Form (online). Get the form at this site and send it to us by email, fax (928-428-3991) or regular mail:Graham County Treasurer:P.O. Box 747Safford, AZ 85548
On the day of the sale each registered bidder will be given a bidder number at the Treasurer’s Office:921 Thatcher BoulevardSafford, AZ 85546
We accept personal checks if the purchaser has previously purchased tax liens. First time purchasers are required to pay with cash, cashier’s check or money order. Call us at 928-428-3440 or visit us at:921 Thatcher BoulevardSafford, AZ 85546
No, you may not.
Certificates sold at the tax sale are $10 per certificate. Certificates sold after the tax sale as assignments include an additional $10 re-assignment fee, however this is included in the certificate purchase and will be included in the redemption amount. Call us at 928-428-3440 for information on how to pay.
The interest rate will be the same as the certificate that is being re-assigned. You may be awarded 10% on the 2015 tax lien, but the 2014 and prior years may be at a different rate and would be assigned at that rate. You may contact the Treasurer’s Office at 928-428-3440 to find out the interest rate on prior years.
The Treasurer’s Office does have a Public Access Terminal that may be used for research.
We will process all refunds as soon as possible. It is recommended that you pay the exact amount to avoid overpayments. Refunds will be issued within two weeks of the sale.
We will not accept underpayments.
Judicial Foreclosure actions are initiated and executed at the expense of the investor. The county has no part in this proceeding.
This information may be obtained at the Arizona State Legislature website.
You can obtain a registration form at:
When a registration form is completed and received by the Recorder’s Office on or before 29 days before an election. Retain the copy of the registration form as your receipt or proof of registration until you receive your voter identification card. Visit the Voter Registration Page for more information.
A voter must re-register if they wish to change their name, party affiliation or residential address.
You may obtain a new voter identification card:
“PND” means “Party not designated”. When you registered to vote, you failed to list your choice of party so that portion of your registration was left blank or “no choice made”.
To be eligible for an election you must be registered or have the changes submitted no later than twenty-nine days prior to the election. Visit the Recorder Page for further information.
Arizona Revised Statutes require that registrations shall be cancelled for the following reasons:
For further inquiries, please contact the Recorder's Office.
When an item is mailed to the person registered by non-forwardable first class mail and the item is returned as undeliverable the procedure is as follows:
If you need further assistance, please contact the Recorder's Office.
Your Vote Center / Polling Place information is located on the label of your sample ballot. You may also view “Locate Your Polling Place” through the Arizona Secretary of State’s website.
The sample ballot will be mailed no later than 11 days before the election. Voters who are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PDF) or who have requested an Early Ballot will not receive a sample ballot. For further inquiries, please contact the Recorder's Office.
On Election Day all polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Visit the Elections Page to learn more.
Yes, Arizona is an open primary state. Independents, No Party Designated or a member of a Non-recognized political party, may choose to vote one of the available recognized or non-partisan party ballots. Please visit the Elections Page to learn more.
The Secretary of State will mail a Publicity Pamphlet to each household with a registered voter prior to early voting. Visit our Elections Page for more information.
“Unofficial” results will be published on Graham County’s website on election night beginning at 8 p.m. After the results are canvassed the results will become “Official”.
Yes. Visit the Elections page for more information.
Learn more on our Elections Page.
You may drop off your Early Ballot on election day at any Vote Center / Polling Place in the county. Visit the Early Voting Page for more information.
A vote for a write-in candidate will not count unless a person has filed an Official Write-In Nomination Paper with the County Election Department by the write-in deadline.