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Bill's Newscast: Transit Voucher System Continues

14 June 2017  
Transit, roadwork and and schools.

Prescott Valley will fund the Transit Voucher System.

The current fiscal year is almost at an end, but the Transit Voucher System program is not.  Come July 1st, the Town of Prescott Valley will once again be fully funding the $50,000 program, which is administered by the Northern Arizona Council of Governments.  NACOG representative Leah Cickavage says she’s pleased this program is continuing on. Cickavage describes how the vouchers are used. There are 5 ride providers for those who have transportation needs.  So far, there have been over 45 hundred rides given this year.  

It's the season for roadwork.

Watch for delays on some Prescott and Yavapai County roads.  Yavapai County Public Works will be performing work on Road 5 North in Chino Valley, Ponderosa Park Road in Prescott and Old Black Canyon Highway in Black Canyon City.  Work includes a scrub seal and fog seal on these roads.  One lane of traffic will be open at all times in all construction zones and access to homes and businesses will remain open.  Work is scheduled to run through June 29th.  Meanwhile, over on Alarcon Street in Prescott, crews are performing concrete work this week.  North Alarcon is fully closed at the intersections of East Sheldon, East Willis and East Gurley Streets.  The closures are in effect through Sunday.  On Sierry Peaks Drive off Downer Trail, new asphalt pavement has been installed in the areas of Crossroads and Sunnyside Lane.  Crews are striping the roadway and performing minor utility adjustment today through Friday from 7 am to 6 pm.  One lane of traffic will remain open at all times.

 Lots of meetings with the Prescott City Council 

The Prescott City Council will meet in a special session at 11 tomorrow morning to consider extending the payment period for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System liability.  House Bill 2485 provides that individual employers can opt to extent the payment period for their unfunded liability from 20 to thirty years.  

By doing this, the required contribution rates would be reduced, lowering the required contribution by 1 and a half million dollars in Fiscal Year 2018.  However, the longer period will cause the City of Prescott’s unfunded liability to increase an estimated 11 million dollars over the next 12 years and will ultimately cost an estimated 73 million dollars more.  City staff isn’t recommending Council go with the 30 year option. Before this special session, Council meets in a Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Workshop at 9.  Both meetings will be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.  

Joe Howard's efforts recognized statewide

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard has been honored by the Arizona School Administration Association.  On Monday, Howard was presented with the Distinguished Administrator award.  Prescott School Board President Greg Mengeralli had nominated Howard for this honor with endorsements from Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter and Arizona Senator Karen Fann.  Howard says the success of the District is a team effort. Howard explains the 2016-17 school year went well. The award presentation took place at the Summer Conference Awards luncheon, which was held in Tucson.  

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