Today: Feb 19 , 2020

Bill's Newscast: Superintendent Howard Discusses Budgets

When discussing school budgets, it’s helpful to remain flexible.

Wondering about the suspect involved in the high speed chase near Ashfork with a semi-truck?

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is releasing more information on a suspect involved in a high speed chase that ended near Ash Fork in gunfire. At about 8:30 Sunday morning, DPS was notified of a tractor trailer driving at 90 miles per hour on I-40 and passing vehicles recklessly on the shoulder. The commercial vehicle was seen entering California before it reentered Arizona. DPS troopers pursued the vehicle for close to 100 miles on I-40. Troopers and deputies from the Yavapai and Mohave County Sheriff’s Offices tried to stop the tractor trailer with tire deflation devices, but finally near Ash Fork the vehicle was successfully spiked and stopped. The driver, later identified as 36 year old Texas resident Raul De La Rosa Giron fled on foot and he was pursued by troopers and a K-9 officer. Giron stopped and simulated a cell phone as a weapon. A trooper fired 4 shots, missing the suspect. Giron was taken to Flagstaff for treatment of a bite from the K-9. He’s facing 3 counts of aggravated assault on an officer, felony flight, resisting arrest and DUI drugs.

Prop 123 Limbo

Despite Prop 123 still in limbo, the Prescott Unified School District Board has approved a Budget Reduction Plan. Tuesday’s vote on Prop 123, the Education Finance Reform Measure sits at just over 50 percent yes votes to just under 50 percent no votes. Prescott Unified School District Administration has been working with the Governing Board and staff on a Budget Reduction Plan based on 2 scenarios. Superintendent Joe Howard explains the District had prepared for this election. The Budget Plan, which was approved by the Board last night, would use 600 thousand dollars of one-time inflation lawsuit settlement monies. This would hold the budget reduction to 1.2 million dollars for the next fiscal year, then the Fiscal Year 2018 budget would be reduced by 600 thousand dollars.

Prescott Valley Town Council is also discussing budgets

The Prescott Valley Town Council meets at 5:30 tonight to consider tentative Fiscal Year 2017 Budget adoption. During department budget hearings 2 weeks ago, Prescott Valley Town Manager Larry Tarkowski told Council the budget process started the first week of November. Two public retreats were held and clear direction was given to staff before the budget was built.

Management Services Director Bill Kauppi says the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget totals over 82 million dollars, up 9 percent from the current 76 million dollar budget. The Town’s revenues total more than 70 million dollars, up from 68 million this year. Kauppi attributes that increase to a huge jump in the sales tax. With tentative approval tonight, the Prescott Valley Town Council will set a public hearing before final approval on June 23rd. The meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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