Bug Creek Fire extinguished
The Bug Creek Fire is no more. This fire had been burning in the Cordes Junction area off I-17 since June 28th. Bureau of Land Management officials are reporting the fire is fully contained. However, spokeswoman Dolores Garcia says people need to be aware there’s still a potential for wildfires in that area. Garcia describes what can cause a wildfire. According to ADOT officials, a brush fire yesterday resulted in the closure of northbound I-17 in the Table Mesa Road area. It’s not known what caused this fire. Meanwhile, the Lion Fire near the Town of Crown King has seen no growth over the past few days. Due to its remote location and rugged terrain, the fire continues to be monitored by aircraft with ground resources available.
Yavapai County budget reduction
Yavapai County’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget includes a reduction in the property tax rate and a merit increase for employees. Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Smith explains he has worked closely with Department heads and elected officials to evaluate the proposed budget, which has resulted in a turnaround since he started his term. Smith says things are looking good for the new Fiscal Year, which started Friday. The Tentative Budget totals more than 205 million dollars. The Board of Supervisors will consider that budget during its voting session at 9 tomorrow morning. The meeting will be held in the County Administrative Services Building on Fair Street in Prescott.
Prescott City Council discusses PSPRS
The Prescott City Council meets at 1 this afternoon to discuss putting a public safety sales tax on the ballot. Following discussion at the June 21st meeting, Prescott City Council members Jean Wilcox, Greg Lazzell and Steve Sischka have requested an item be considered to call a special election. The Yes for Prescott Committee had submitted petitions for a 6/10th of a percent sales tax increase. The initiative fell 8 votes short. Councilman Steve Sischka says that’s not enough to let this issue die. The sales tax increase would fund services, operations, personnel and programs and reduce Public Safety Personnel Retirement System pensions obligations owed by the City for 10 years. Sischka explains he appreciates Yes for Prescott’s efforts. Sischka adds if the City waits for the State to do something, nothing will get done. Based on discussion at today’s special session, Council could vote on calling a Special Election 1 week from today. The meeting will be held in Council chambers on South Cortez Street.