Board of Supervisor Roles and Responsibilities

What is the board of supervisors?

The board is similar to a city or town council, with a jurisdiction including the entire county and all unincorporated arias. County government in Arizona is an arm of the state government.

Its authority is provided by both the state constitution and the state legislature.

Supervisors are elected by the five county districts to four-year terms and provide oversight of the county administrator and the various county departments.

The supervisors have the final say over county departmental budgets set the property tax rate and calculate all other county tax rates.

The board also gives final approval for ail zoning and use permits in the County’s unincorporated areas.

The Board of Supervisors also acts as the board of directors for certain special districts within the county such as the Seligman and Granite Gardens Sanitary Districts; The Ash Fork, Seligman and Yarnell street lighting Improvement Districts; the Yavapai County free library district; Yavapai County Flood Control District; and for County Road Improvement Districts.

As part of its administrative duties, the board is responsible for appointing members of county boards and commissions dealing with planning and zoning, building codes, health, employees and employee benefits, private industry and agriculture.

In addition, the board is responsible for appointing the directors of the 18 county departments.

The board also works with other governmental bodies such as the towns and cities within Yavapai County, The United States Forest Service other state and federal governmental agencies.

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