Pima County taxpayers were dealt a win when Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Whitten ruled the state cost transfer for education back to Pima County taxpayers is unconstitutional.

Without the judge's ruling, Pima County would have been required to hand over a $16 million check to TUSD on June 30. Pima County had already proposed a property tax increase to pay for it. The county brought the suit last year and said at the time it would roll back the tax increase if it won in court.

The state could also ask for a stay of the ruling, but the lead attorney, Joseph Kanefield, said it's "rare" that a judge would grant a stay in a case like this. The suit stems from cost shifts from the state back to Pima County to pay for education, in this case, nearly $17 million for the coming fiscal year.