The recently approved annexation took effect on April 9, 2018, after a 30-day waiting period.
The annexation was approved at the March 7 Town Council meeting. A public hearing was held on Dec. 6.
Services Effective Monday, April 9, 2018
Services that will Remain in Place
- Trash/recycling services will continue as is until the current contract through the HOA ends.
- The sewer provider will remain Johnson Utilities.
- The water provider will remain the Town of Queen Creek.
- Pinal County Board of Supervisors will remain the representation at the county level.
Zip codes will not change, they are set by the U.S. Postal Service. Residents are welcome to begin using the Queen Creek mailing address, but are not required to do so.
- October: Annexation process officially began
- December: Public hearing held, all property owners notified at least six days prior
- December: Blank petitions provided to residents of Ironwood Crossing
- December – February: Residents of Ironwood Crossing circulated petitions – 50% plus 1 in favor & 50% property valuation required to move forward
- February: Town of Queen Creek verifies signatures and property valuation
- March: Queen Creek Town Council votes on annexation ordinance
- April: Annexation effective (April 9)
Town of Queen Creek Property Tax - Dedicated to Public Safety
The Town has a property tax that can only be used for public safety (fire and law enforcement); property owners pay $1.95 per $100 of assessed valuation to Queen Creek (assessed valuation of homes in Ironwood Crossing is determined by Pinal County). This property tax will replace any current Rural Metro subscription you may be paying. Any taxes assessed by the county, school districts and other agencies will remain effective.
The Town's public safety includes:
Access to the Automatic Aid System (automatic aid system is the interagency agreement that allows the closest engine to respond to an emergency regardless of location)
Three fire stations (Queen Creek will build two additional stations in the next 10 years) and
Queen Creek’s police team is the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (Queen Creek recently built a new, law enforcement headquarters in Town Center)
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office serves as Queen Creek’s police provider. Through the Town’s contract with MCSO, there is a substation (police station) in Town with deputies assigned to serve Queen Creek. The substation has a dedicated MCSO captain that serves as Queen Creek’s police chief. As of April 9, MCSO District 6 will be the primary provider for law enforcement services for residents in Ironwood Crossing. When assistance or support is needed, surrounding law enforcement agencies help respond to the situation, including Pinal County Sheriff’s Office.
Property Tax CalculatorQueen Creek’s property tax is based on the assessed valuation of your home, determined by Pinal County Assessor.
To calculate how much you will pay for Queen Creek’s property tax, download the calculator below, select the "enable edit" button highlighted in yellow and follow the instructions. Queen Creek’s property tax for public safety will replace any current subscription you may be paying for Rural Metro.
Town of Queen Creek Rates & Services
The Town’s rate for trash and recycling service is $16.22 per month. The service includes weekly, same day trash/recycling collection, a monthly bulk pick up (must be scheduled in advance), special collection events and household hazardous waste disposal. Town collection services will replace any current trash and recycling fees after the current contract is complete.
Ironwood Crossing currently receives water from the Town of Queen Creek, and will continue to do so. Water rates and fees are based on usage and meter size; a breakdown of the rates and fees is available online at QueenCreek.org/Water. A rate study is completed prior to raising water rates. It is not typical to raise rates within one area and not another, as the study looks at the utility as a whole.
Queen Creek’s Town Council, local elected officials, make decisions on rate structures, fees and building policies. These local elected officials are accountable to the voters of the Town of Queen Creek and provide opportunities for your input. All Town Council meetings and studies are publicly available.
Queen Creek's Budget
Each year, the Town of Queen Creek is required to pass a balanced budget. The Town's budget operates on a fiscal year (FY), from July 1 through June 30. The priorities of the current budget, FY17/18, include a focus on new and improved roadways, public safety and new water/wastewater infrastructure.
A snapshot of the Town's adopted FY17/18 budget is provided below. For additional information about the Town's budget, visit QueenCreek.org/Budget.
For an area to be annexed by the Town, a majority of the property taxpayers in the defined area must be in favor of annexation in addition to a majority of property value. Once the Town is approached with the necessary number of supporters, the Town Council considers six criteria when voting to bring the property into the Town: financial, economic development, civic, planning and building, public safety, and legal.
Annexations require a simple majority, or a vote of four council members, for approval by the Town Council. An application for annexation can be downloaded from the Town’s website, and can be submitted at any time.
According to the State law, once an annexation has officially started, annexation signatures must be obtained within one year of the last day of the waiting period. Annexation petitions must be signed by property owners, the State law does not allow for ballots or mail-in ballots.
More About the Town of Queen Creek
The Town of Queen Creek was incorporated in 1989. The Town strives to honor the past, manage the present and embrace the future. To learn more about the Town’s history, watch the Town’s 25th anniversary video, From Rittenhouse to the QC.
Every 10 years, Queen Creek residents vote on the Town’s General Plan. Queen Creek’s General Plan serves as the Town's road map to guide development, manage growth, and conserve natural resources.
The current General Plan was approved by voters in September 2008. Over the past year, Town staff updated that General Plan to reflect the growth that has occurred since its previous adoption in 2008. To learn more, visit QueenCreek.org/PlanQC.
The General Plan also integrates existing strategic plans including:
The Town’s Economic Development Department actively promotes commercial sites for new development for areas located within the Town boundaries. Town Center continues to see improvements, like the new Picket Post Square, and welcome new businesses! To learn about the new businesses coming to Queen Creek, visit QueenCreek.org/NewBusinesses.
Queen Creek offers unique agritainment destinations, creating agricultural experiences. Schnepf Farms offers a U pick garden, hayrides and events throughout the year. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is the only working olive mill in Arizona and provides tours, delicious food and a great atmosphere. Sossaman Farms is in the process of developing a new Heritage Corner that will complement Hayden Flour Mill, currently housed on the farm. Recognizing the importance of these areas, and in an effort to support them, the Town adopted an agritainment zoning district.
The Town hosts a series of signature events throughout the year, in addition to Town sponsored and community events. Events provide a positive social experience, bringing friends and neighbors together. To learn more about upcoming events happening in Queen Creek, visit QueenCreek.org/SpecialEvents.