Today: Jan 21 , 2019

Bill's Newscast: Water Rate Increase in Chino Valley

Water rates, politics and roadwork. Just another day in Central Arizona.

Water rates are going up in Chino Valley, but sewer rates are going down.

Come July 1st, Chino Valley water customers will have to pay a little more. Town Council has approved an increase in the water rates over the next 5 years. The rates would go up on July 1st of each year through 2022. Town officials say a 3 percent increase essentially pays back the General Fund over the next 5 years and reduces the annual operating income loss. No funds are being set aside for future projects. Councilwoman Annie Lane voted against this item. Council has also approved a decrease in the monthly sewer rates, also starting July 1st. The sewer rate for the Town is 65 percent higher than the average rate in Arizona, and 25 percent higher than systems within 50 miles of the town. Reducing the rate will lower the annual cash flow by an average of 48 thousand dollars over the next 5 years. Town officials add it will also reduce the amount of funds available for improvement projects.

Cottonwood road work

Watch for road construction crews and traffic control signs if you’ll be travelling in the Cottonwood area. Today and tomorrow asphalt paving operations are taking place along Mingus Avenue and South 6th Street. Heavy machinery and City of Cottonwood work crews will be in and next to travel lanes. There will also be temporary closures of existing driveways and street crossings as the paving moves along from east to west along Mingus. Work hours are 7 am to 5 pm. City of Cottonwood Engineering Department officials have also closed South 6th Street for asphalt paving of the roadway. The closure is scheduled to be in effect until 5 tonight.

Another person jumps in the Prescott Valley Mayoral race

A retired Prescott Valley Police officer has announced he intends to run for Mayor in the August 28th Primary. Kell Palguta says he’s running because the citizens of Prescott Valley need a voice that will listen and seek to understand their needs and challenges. Palguta adds all citizens should be kept informed and be able to be involved because they all need to know that they are empowered to make a difference. Palguta has lived in Prescott Valley since 1996 and he’s the current Town Little League President. He could face some competition, as Councilman Michael Whiting has announced his intention to run for Mayor as well. Current Mayor Harvey Skoog is retiring at the end of the year.

Kelli Ward brings the Making America Safe Tour to Prescott

The Making America Safe Tour makes a stop in Prescott tomorrow. U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward and Sebastian Gorka are hosting a breakfast event at 8 tomorrow morning. Ward is seeking to replace Senator Jeff Flake, who isn’t seeking reelection this year and will retire in January 2019. Gorka is the Chairman of the Threat Knowledge group and Non-Resident Scholar with the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. Until August of last year, he served as Strategist and Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump. The breakfast event will be held in the Cottonwood Room of the Prescott Resort, located on Highway 69.



Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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