Bill's Newscast: City and Town Revenue Issues

23 October 2015  
Prescott and Prescott Valley both struggle with revenue needs and have different responses. 

City of Prescott budget cuts may be one step closer to becoming a reality.  During a workshop 2 weeks ago, City Manager Craig McConnell told Council because a Public Safety Personnel Retirement System measure failed in the August 25th primary, the City is looking at 1.2 million dollars in cuts.  Among the recommendations presented include the elimination of 5 police officer positions and fire station brown-outs, or temporary closures.  Councilman Steve Blair says he would rather see a privatization of library services. Blair describes how this would help public safety. The meeting will be held at three this afternoon in Council chambers, located on South Cortez Street.  

Prescott Unified School District Board and staff members will be doing some strategic planning.  The Board is scheduled to meet in a retreat for a presentation on the framework of a strategic plan.  District officials say the Instructional District Leadership team worked on this at a summer retreat with a focus on instruction and culture.  The draft is being presented to Board members to allow them to ask questions, consider content and format and allow a starting point as to what they want the final plan to look like.  The retreat starts at 8 tomorrow morning at the Yavapai Hills Clubhouse, located on Hornet Drive off Highway 69 in Prescott.  This meeting is for discussion only and no board action will take place.  

Prescott Valley residents had one last opportunity to comment on a proposed sales tax increase.  Two weeks ago, Council gave preliminary approval to an increase from the current 2.33 percent tax to 2.83 percent.  Some residents present at the meeting told Council they just heard about the change and asked them to hold off on a vote.  Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye says this isn’t a done deal. Councilwoman Mary Mallory explains the increase is needed for road maintenance and public safety. Council considered final approval of the increase during its meeting in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle at 5:30 last night. 

Yes, come New Year’s Day, those who do business in Prescott Valley will see a sales tax increase.  Last night Town Council approved a rise in the current 2.33 percent rate to 2.83 percent.  Councilman Steven Marshall cast the only opposing vote. Audience members asked Council to hold off on a decision and let residents take a vote on this matter.  Resident Craig Arps says the problem isn’t with the increase, but rather the process. Town staff and Council members stressed the importance of the increase, which will be used for road improvements and public safety.  

Tomorrow is Olympic Day for veterans.  This is a day for veterans and their families to play some sports and enjoy a free barbecue.  During a recent live appearance on Talk of the Town on KQNA 1130 AM and 99.9 FM, spokeswoman Mary Dillinger said this event will be held at the Bob Stump VA Medical Center. 

Dillinger, who works for the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System, explains Olympic Day partners include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Team Red, White and Blue Prescott and the Marine Corps League. Registration starts at 8:30 tomorrow morning with the event to follow from 9 to 4 at the VA Center, located on Highway 89 in Prescott.  

Downtown Prescott will be hit by a tsunami once again.  Tsunami on the Square was a popular performing arts and culture festival that was held in downtown Prescott from 1999 to 2014.  After taking a break last year, this event is making its return.  It had previously been held in June, but it runs from noon to 10 tomorrow.  Some of the scheduled performers include the Carpetbag Brigade Stilt Theatre, Pyroklectic fire dancing and New Moon Tribal belly dance.  Admission is free.  For more information on this event, visit tsunamionthesquare.com.  

The Courthouse Square will also be home to the second annual Costumes for Kids 5k Fun Walk and Run.  Registration starts at 9 Sunday morning with the Run to follow an hour later.  This is a fundraiser for the Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation. For more information, visit yavapaicasaforkids.org.   

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