Meet the Treasurer

About Sarah Benatar

Sarah Benatar has been serving as Coconino County Treasurer since 2014, becoming the youngest County Treasurer in the State of Arizona.

Sarah dedicates herself to ensuring a better community for all citizens of Coconino County. As Treasurer, she focuses on ensuring taxpayer dollars are accounted for through strong fiscal responsibility, while maintaining a customer service oriented office. Since coming to office, she has received national recognition for innovation and efficiency in government finance and treasury management, speaking nationally with organizations such as Governing and being featured in white papers regarding financial best practices. 

She proudly advocates for her community as the President of the Arizona County Treasurer’s Association and as 2nd Vice President of the Arizona Association of Counties (AACo). She is a voice for rural communities, advocating for her constituents by serving on the board of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO), and as president of the National Association of Hispanic County Elected Officials (NAHCO). Sarah is an experienced professional in the public sector, having worked for United Way of Northern Arizona, the National Park Service, NASA, and DNA People’s Legal Services.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan. She is the only Treasurer in the state that holds the Certified Government Investment Professional (CGIP) certification. Additionally, she has completed legal coursework at the University of Oregon and holds a certificate in public finance from the University of Missouri.

When not serving her community as Treasurer or volunteering with local nonprofits, Sarah can be found spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of a two year old daughter and a Bichon Frise. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Treasurer, elected to a four-year term, is the ex-officio tax collector.
  • Is responsible for the safety, disbursement, and investment of funds on deposit in the Treasurer's office under the direction of the Board of Supervisors acting as the Board of Deposits.
  • The Treasurer's office mails all real and personal property tax notices and collects all property taxes for the state, county, incorporated cities and towns, school districts, and special districts, and distributes the collected revenues to the taxing entities.
  • Is the bank for the County. The office receives all revenue from county departments. The office pays warrants issued by the county, schools, fire districts, and other special districts of the county.
  • Is responsible for meeting the debt service for bonds issued by the county, school districts, and special districts.