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Yavapai County Emergency Management Activates Phone Bank for Cellar Fire

The Yavapai County Emergency Management office has activated the emergency phone bank to answer questions about the Cellar Fire.  The Phone bank will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and can be reached at 928-442-5103 or 928-925-1111.  You can also find up to date information at the following websites:

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/

https://www.facebook.com/PrescottNF/

https://twitter.com/PrescottNF

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office now utilizes CodeRED® as its Emergency Notification System. With this service, we can send messages to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information when an emergency or time-sensitive issue arises.  Sign up here http://ycsoaz.gov/


Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to Discuss Tax Increase

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to Discuss Tax Increase

On Wednesday July 17, 2019, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, during their regular meeting, will hold a courtesy Truth in Taxation Hearing to discuss with the public their plan to increase its primary property taxes over last year’s level. Many people have asked what does this mean to the average homeowner and is this increase really going to raise my total property tax by 18%?  Let me answer the second question first, No.  Yavapai County will not be increasing your property tax, as a whole, by 18%.

It is important to understand a few things about your property taxes.  First, the total amount you pay in property taxes does not go to Yavapai County.  Yavapai County Primary Property Tax is only about 17% of the total property taxes you pay each year.  Second, everyone’s property taxes are different based on their properties assessed value and based on what other taxing authorities exist where the property is owned.

Here is an example of what this all means using a homeowner whose primary residence has a Limited Property Value (LPV) of approximately $100,000 ($100,076):
See Attached Image.

As you can see from this 2018 Property Tax Statement this property has a Limited Primary Total or Limited Property Value, of $100,076.  Their total tax due was $1,042.70.  The amount that went to Yavapai County’s Primary Property Tax, the first line in the itemized section, is $175.32 or 17% of the total.

The owner of this property has a home they could sell, according to Zillow, for $220,000 but their Limited Property Value, the amount they are taxed on, is only $100,076. This property will see an increase in their Yavapai County Primary Property Tax of approximately $31 per year if the Board of Supervisors approve the increase on August 5, 2019.

Is your TOTAL property tax (in this example $1042.70) going up by 18%? NO.


Verde Connect Alternative Identified for Further Analysis

Verde Connect Alternatives Identified for Further Analysis

Yavapai County announced today that two alternatives for the Verde Connect project will move forward for full evaluation: Alternative B2 and the No Build Alternative. The alternative screening matrix and a map of the alternatives can be reviewed at www.verdeconnect.com.

Over the past several months, the project team developed and screened the “Universe of Alternatives” from which seven potential build alternatives were identified and subsequently screened.  More than 200 people attended public open houses in June and provided input.

“The purpose of the initial screening was to identify a preferred alternative to move forward into the NEPA analysis along with the No Build Alternative,” said Dan Cherry, Yavapai County Public Works Director. “We are pleased to have reached this milestone and are moving into detailed analysis now.”

The seven build alternatives were evaluated based on the level to which they performed in five categories: regional mobility, environmental elements, engineering feasibility, social and economic considerations, and construction and maintenance. Each of these five categories was then broken into specific criteria that compared the alternatives based on 37 different performance measures. The evaluation was based on available datasets and geographic information system analysis, coordination with agencies, aerial photography, public input, and preliminary field investigation. The performance measures for each alternative were given a score of highly performing/low impact, medium performing/moderate impact, or low performing/high impact.

Once all the build alternatives were rated, Alternative B2 was identified as the highest performing build alternative. Potential connections to Middle Verde Road will be determined through further study during the EA analysis.

Background

The Verde Connect Project represents an over 25year vision for the construction of a new north-south regional roadway between Cornville Road and State Route (SR) 260 in an area bounded by Interstate 17, Cornville Road, SR 260, and SR 89A. The new route has been in Regional Transportation Plans for years. No route has been selected. The County is completing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental study, in this case an Environmental Assessment (EA). Yavapai County and FHWA are committed to a thorough and transparent process to identify possible routes and compare them, so the best alternative can be selected with the least amount of impact.


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You’re Invited! Alternative Routes to be Presented.

 

Yavapai County and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are studying a potential roadway and bridge across the Verde River to connect the northern portion of the Yavapai-Apache Nation and the Town of Camp Verde to State Route 260. Public input and technical analysis since June of 2018 has helped with the identification of alternative routes for the new road.

“We know the community is looking forward to having alternative routes to comment on,” said Dan Cherry, Yavapai County Public Works Director. “We also are looking forward to getting more feedback.”

Join us for a community meeting:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 

6:00 p.m.

Cottonwood Recreation Center

150 S 6th St

Cottonwood, AZ 86326

or

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

6:00 p.m.

Camp Verde Schools Multi-Use Complex

280 Camp Lincoln Rd

Camp Verde 86322

 

What Will the Meetings Include?

The meetings will be open house format, and both meetings will include the same information. At the meetings, display materials will present updated information, illustrate potential alternative routes under consideration, and explain the criteria that will be used to compare them. Project team members will be available to discuss the project one-one-one with members of the public. We hope to obtain feedback on the different alternatives that will assist us in the screening process.

What if I cannot attend a meeting?

All of the materials to be presented at the meetings will be available starting June 4, 2019 at www.verdeconnect.com. If you cannot attend a meeting, you can provide comments through the website or call 602-750-7139. Please provide comments by June 30, 2019.

Background

The Verde Connect Project represents a 25-year vision for the construction of a new north-south regional roadway between Cornville Road and State Route (SR) 260 in an area bounded by Interstate 17, Cornville Road, SR 260, and SR 89A. The new route has been in Regional Transportation Plans for years. No route has been selected. The County is completing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental study, in this case an Environmental Assessment (EA). Yavapai County and FHWA are committed to a thorough and transparent process to identify possible routes and compare them, so the best alternative can be selected with the least amount of impact.

Call Public Involvement Manager Kristin Darr at 602-750-7139 for more information or to be added to the project mail/email list.

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Buckle Up Arizona...It's the Law!

May 21, 2019

 

Buckle Up Arizona…. It’s the Law! Enforcement Campaign on Again

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Arizona Occupant Protection Enforcement Program - Monday, May 20, through Sunday, June 2, 2019.

In an effort to save more lives on Arizona’s roadways this month the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is partnering with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and our local law enforcement agencies to enforce Arizona’s seat belt and child safety seat laws.

“Even though Arizona is a secondary law state for seatbelt usage, law enforcement officers will be taking a zero tolerance approach on drivers who are in violation of state law,” said Alberto Gutier, Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

As part of a the national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies across the state will be stepping up traffic enforcement patrols and increasing other enforcement efforts to drive home the message: Buckle Up Arizona…It’s the Law!

Despite widespread efforts to educate drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts, motor vehicles collisions continue to be the leading cause of death and serious injuries to the citizens of our state. Again, the enforcement mobilization will run from Monday, May 20, through Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes. When worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. The proper and consistent use of child safety seats has been found to reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants (younger than 1 year old) and by 54% for toddlers (1 to 4 years old) in passenger cars. Properly installed booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45% among children ages 4 to 8 years old. Funding is provided by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. See http://www.azgohs.gov/ for additional information.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov


Emergency Preparedness Meeting in VOC

Supervisor Garrison will be holding an Emergency Preparedness Meeting on Wednesday, May 15th at the VOCA Clubhouse at 5PM. We will be discussing how prepare prior to an emergency, activities during an emergency and how to recover afterwards. The meeting is open to public. Please call 928-639-8110 for more information.


2019 Free Slash Drop-Off Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 18, 2019
The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the continuation of the annual free slash drop-off program at County transfer stations beginning April 1, 2019 through June 1, 2019.
County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley. Free slash drop off will be held during normal operating hours. For locations and hours, please visit:
http://www.yavapai.us/Portals/30/TransferStationList.pdf
This free slash drop-off program will assist residents in creating defensible space around their homes and other structures. Cutting away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures and removing all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground can reduce the potential of a wildfire spreading to your home.
Please take advantage of the free slash drop-off program as you create defensible space around your properties.
Only the following items will be accepted: brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings. Items not accepted are: lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal and garbage. All slash must be removed from plastic bags.
This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.
For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.
1100 Commerce Drive
Prescott, Arizona 86305
Phone (928) 771-3183
FAX (928) 771-3167
4000 North Cherry Rd Camp Verde, Arizona 86322 Phone (928) 567-7728 FAX (928) 567-7732
Dan Cherry
Director


Verde Valley Community Clean-up

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, working with the Public Works Department, is pleased to announce a community cleanup in the Verde Valley.

The cleanup will be at the Camp Verde Transfer Station, 2600 E. Hwy 260, 7 miles east of I-17

The cleanup will be open to Yavapai County residents at no charge on March 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th,29th, 30th, and April 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 

Accepted items: Household appliances, bagged household trash, automotive batteries, tires, furniture, and yard trimmings.

Items that will not be accepted:  Loose trash will be refused, liquids, hazardous materials, cars, Ni Cad batteries and dead animals.

Wildfires are never out of season and now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home. Please remember to be cautious of sparks as you are cutting and trimming. All yard trimmings will be accepted at the cleanup.

This program is for residential use only. Commercial loads will not be accepted.

For additional information, please contact the Yavapai County Public Works Department at (928) 771-3183.


Hands Free Only

On October 3, 2018, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors held the second and final hearing for adoption of Ordinance 2018-2. The ordinance would regulate the use of communication devices and texting while operating a motor vehicle. There were several people in attendance that spoke in support of the measure and only one person speaking in opposition. After several minutes of comments from the public, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the ordinance.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Jack Smith, said, “It was my honor to make the initial motion to adopt this ordinance, which will save lives.” Supervisor Smith went on to state, “Think about what we did here today. I applaud you all for coming out today and know that we will be taking this issue to the State Legislature again this year, and will be having a very thorough discussion about the distracted driving ordinance we passed today.”

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Craig Brown, who offered the second for the motion said, “This is a culmination of three years of work and is something we have begged the legislation to act on, but in their absence, Yavapai County will take the lead in adopting this critical new ordinance.”

The ordinance states: A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding in his or her hand, typing on or otherwise manually operating a portable communications device. Several exemptions and definitions are spelled out in the ordinance, the full text of which can be read here.


West Sedona and Big Park Connectivity Survey

Recent traffic congestion in the greater Sedona area has brought forth open discussion and debate about the need and desire for an assessment of an alternate route between West Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek (Big Park) areas. Yavapai County has been approached by the Keep Sedona Moving organization and the City of Sedona to assist in conducting a survey, in order to gauge public support/dissent for exploring the potential for improvements that could help to address traffic congestion and increased travel times in the area.

Thank you for your time and we appreciate your input on this matter. Yavapai County has also provided an option for completing the survey online, at the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YCPWKVOCBP1. You will need to enter an individual 8-character respondent code that is included on the attached hard copy survey to complete the online version. Only one survey response per property will be permitted.

Please complete (and return) the survey by November 30th, 2018.

If you need help completing the survey please contact Public Works at 928-771-3183.


Energy Support Programs Through APS

Did you know APS has support programs for qualifing individuals and families. If you meet the income guidelines and your application is approved, you will recieve a flat 25% discount on your monthly bill to assist with your energy costs. We all coud use a little help now and then. Their limited-income programs offer support when you need it most. Click on the link below for more application and instructions.

https://www.aps.com/en/residential/accountservices/assistanceprograms/Pages/limited-income-home.aspx


Stage II Fire Restrictions

 

                  Visitors Reminded of Stage II Fire Restrictions and Area Closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District

 

PRESCOTT, AZ (June 29, 2018) –   Forest officials expect increased numbers of visitors to the Forest’s most popular campgrounds and picnic areas over the holiday and adjoining weekends.   Visitors are reminded that the fire danger remains extreme and that Stage II fire restrictions as well as an area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District remain in place.  Visitors are also advised that fireworks and all pyrotechnic devices are always prohibited on National Forest lands. 

Fire restrictions and area closures are implemented when necessary in order to protect human life, property and natural resources. The Forest Service uses fire restrictions and area closures in order to prevent unwanted, human-caused fires and to limit the exposure of visitors during periods of potentially dangerous fire conditions.

Members of the public can help protect their public lands by being aware of current conditions and always abiding by all fire restrictions and area closures in effect.

 Stage II fire restrictions prohibit the following:

  1. Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or stove fire, including fires in developed campgrounds and improved sites.
  2. Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or building.
  3. Discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except while engaged in a lawful hunt pursuant to state, federal, or tribal laws and regulations.
  4. Operating any internal combustion engine between the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Chain saws must have an operational spark arresting device.
  5. Welding or operating acetylene or other torch with an open flame.
  6. Fireworks are prohibited year-round on all National Forest lands.

    Exemptions to the restrictions include the following:

  1. Using a device fueled solely by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off. Such devices can only be used in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device.
  2. Operating generators with an approved spark arresting device within an enclosed vehicle  (enclosed RV cabinet) or building or in an area that is barren or cleared of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the generator.
  3. Operating motorized vehicles in compliance with forest Travel Management regulations.

    In addition to the Stage II fire restrictions that are in effect across the entire Prescott National Forest, there is also an area closure on a portion of the Bradshaw Ranger District.  The closure addresses areas relatively inaccessible to firefighters with large expanses of dry chaparral vegetation and few completed hazardous fuel treatments. The closure is being enforced with increased presence by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Arizona Game and Fish and US Forest Service Law enforcement. 

    Fire restrictions and the area closure on the Prescott National Forest will remain in effect until significant and widespread precipitation is received, at which time they will be officially rescinded.

    For more information about the Stage II fire restrictions and the area closure on the Bradshaw Ranger District, including maps, reference the following sources:

Violating any fire restrictions carries a mandatory appearance in federal court, punishable as a Class B misdemeanor with a fine of up to $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for an organization, and/or up to six months in prison.

The public can obtain additional fire information via the following:


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