Three agencies are teaming up to present a Prescott City Council candidate forum tonight. The Prescott Chamber of Commerce, the Central Arizona Partnership and the Yavapai County Contractors Association will bring all the Mayoral and Council candidates together to get their key thoughts on some of the key issues facing the City. Officials note an innovative feature of this forum is that all attendees will be provided with a form to help keep track of how each candidate addresses the topics. The candidates will be available for a meet and greet with the public from 5 to 6. Former Chino Valley Mayor Karen Fann will moderate the forum, which follows at 6:30 at the Yavapai College Performance Hall.
The City of Prescott and Fann Contracting are hosting a meeting on Zone 39 utility projects tonight. The City is constructing upgrades to aging water mains in Country Club Drive, the Indian Hill reservoir and portions of sewer main and roadway in Country Club Drive. Phase one involves water main upgrades in Aubrey Street and replacement of the pump station at Pioneer Drive, Phase 2 involves water main and other improvements in Country Club from Park Avenue to Verde Lane and Phase 3 involves replacement of 2 water storage tanks on Indian Hill with a 1.33 million gallon reservoir. Members of the public are invited to attend next week's 6 pm meeting, which will feature details of the construction and schedule of the project. The meeting will be held in Council chambers.
At 9:30 tomorrow morning, the City Transportation Coordinating Committee meets at the Public Works Conference Room on North Virginia Street. Items up for consideration include an Oregon Avenue traffic calming request and the 4 way stop on Mount Vernon and Goodwin Streets.
The local Better Business Bureau is warning residents of a misleading property tax letter. An alleged Phoenix based company known as the Property Tax Review Board claims, for a fee of 189 dollars, that they can help homeowners reduce their property tax bills for the 2009 tax year. State Attorney General Terry Goddard says there is no way this offer could be real:
According to the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office, the deadline to file for an administrative review for a possible reduction expired on March 31st. Yavapai County Better Business Bureau officials indicate they are receiving many calls regarding this misleading letter regarding property taxes. The Bureau is advising consumers not to send cash, checks, credit card or bank account information to an unknown solicitor. Property owners who have questions about values and taxes are advised to contact the Assessor’s Office directly.
Prescott National Forest fire managers have cancelled plans to burn slash piles. Mangers planned to burn 90 acres of accumulated piles through Friday in the Ponderosa Park area. Hot and dry weather conditions have prompted the cancellation, but as conditions improve in the weeks to come, managers will reschedule burns as part of an ongoing effort to improve forest health by reintroducing fire into the ecosystem, reducing hazardous fuels and creating defensible space around residential and high use areas.
The Prescott and Humboldt Unified School District boards have approved goals for the upcoming school year. Goals and objectives were approved during voting sessions last night, with Humboldt concentrating on raising the level of student achievement, focusing on planning for future student needs and increasing parental and community involvement. Superintendent Henry Schmitt says he gives a lot of credit to his Assistant Superintendent on goal development:
In addition to academic achievement, Prescott Superintendent Kevin Kapp says there are other goals in his district, including one that involves the Special Ed program:
The Prescott Board is also continuing other goals that include a new high school and establishment of a stepless salary schedule.
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