Renewing the 1/4 cent sales tax
During the months of January and February, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will be holding meetings with organizations all across Yavapai County to discuss and answer questions about the ballot issue coming to a vote in March of this year. The issue at hand is the extension of the ¼-cent sales tax that funds nearly 50% of the current Yavapai County Jail system. Yavapai County Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “This is not a new tax, this is simply the extension of the current sales tax that has been in place for nearly twenty years.”
State House Representative Noel Campbell attended one of the meetings hosted by the League of Women Voters on Saturday 1/6/18 to show his support in favor of a “Yes” vote on this issue and said, “This is not a partisan issue. The government has three essential things they have to do and they are Public Education, Transportation and Public Safety. The Jail system is part of Public Safety and that is why I am endorsing it. Please tell your friends that we need to have this jail tax pass.”
State House Representative David Stringer was also on hand in support of this issue and said, “I am also here to endorse the extension of the quarter cent sales tax and I do so for three reasons. The first being that it is needed. This tax provides for a large percentage of the funding for operating our jail. The second is because it is a sales tax that supports a vital part of public safety that we all benefit from equally and it is only fair that we all contribute equally. The third is because it is an existing tax already in place. Yavapai County is not asking for anything new.”
A little history: In the year 1999 the Yavapai County Jail District was established and in 2000, nearly 70% of those voting on this issue agreed that a sales tax to pay for the jail was the right way to fund the state mandated jail system. Now twenty years later, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors are asking the residents of Yavapai County to renew this tax for an additional twenty years.
For more information on upcoming meetings, or to schedule one for your organization, please visit www.YavapaiJail.com
or David McAtee at 928-442-5509.
Yavapai County has a New Flood Control District Director
On Wednesday November 15th, 2017 the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors appointed Lynn Whitman as the new Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, effective Feb 1st, 2018. Lynn will replace the current Yavapai County Flood Control District Director, Dan Cherry as he takes over the Public Works Department.
Yavapai County Board of Supervisor Chairman Thomas Thurman said, “The Board of Supervisors have had the opportunity to work closely with Lynn over the past few years and are pleased with the work she has done under the direction of Dan Cherry. We are looking forward to seeing her shine as the new Flood Control District Director.”
Lynn Whitman has been with the Flood Control District since 2009, most recently as the District Engineer. She is a Professional Engineer (Civil), registered in the State of Arizona, as well as a Certified Floodplain Manager. Ms. Whitman graduated from Valparaiso University in Indiana in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Her career started in land development, managing residential and commercial projects in Illinois and Arizona.
Ms. Whitman has lived in Prescott for 8 years with her husband Eric Siegfried and their daughter Elizabeth, 11. Lynn said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to work closely with the Board of Supervisors and the communities we serve to advance our flood protection and recovery programs.”
Low-interest Federal Disaster Loans Available
Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to businesses and residents affected by the post-fire flooding from monsoon storms that began July 19, 2017, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced today. SBA acted under its own authority to declare a disaster in response to a request SBA received from Gov. Douglas A. Ducey on Aug. 1.
The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave and Yavapai counties.
Disaster Loan Outreach Center
Mayer Recreation Center
10001 S. Wicks Ave.
Mayer, AZ 86333
Opens 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8
Mondays - Fridays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closes 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24
Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.
Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email email@example.com for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for property damage is Oct. 2, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is May 3, 2018.