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Yavapai County is poised to reduce the tax rate for a second year and still provide a merit increase to employees.

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Yavapai County is poised to reduce the tax rate for a second year and still provide a merit increase to employees. In 2013 when this Board took reign we were faced with an over $3 million dollar deficit and this budget season we are looking at a $2 million dollar surplus. I have worked closely with Department Heads and County Elected Officials to evaluate the proposed budget to insure that County services are being provided in an efficient and effective manner while looking after the interests of taxpayers in Yavapai County.

Yavapai County removed 27 under-utilized vehicles from the County departments which did not meet the minimum utilization and these departments now utilizes a Motor Pool loaner only on the days that a vehicle is needed which has resulted in a savings of approximately $200,000.

The primary property tax levy in Yavapai County is set at 85% of its maximum allowable levy meaning we are $7.8 million dollars below the maximum allowed.

The tentative county budget adoption is scheduled for July 6, 2016.

Although we face challenges in balancing the budget due to impacts from the State Budget we continue to meet the needs of the community. Fiscal responsibility is essential to creating a healthier, stronger, more successful county for the next generation.

Community Meeting

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
I will be conducting a Community Meeting on June 29, 2016 beginning at 6pm at Stepping Stones Conference Room 6719 E 2nd St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314 I will answer your questions and provide an update on current projects in the County. All are invited to attend.

Notice of Fire Ban

Monday, June 13, 2016
Fire Ban Effective Date and Time: June 15th 2016 at 8:00 A.M.

In accordance with Yavapai County Ordinance No. 2012-1, Section V. The Yavapai County Emergency Management Officer has determined that a fire emergency exists in Yavapai County.

Board of Supervisor Chairman, Jack Smith has signed an interim order to enact a fire ban within Yavapai County.

This determination is based upon the implementation of fire restrictions by the following jurisdictions: Prescott National Forest, BLM, Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management, Groom Creek Fire District, Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority, Prescott Fire Department, Mayer Fire District, Crown King Fire District, Black Canyon City Fire District, Chino Valley Fire District, Walker Fire Department, Southern Yavapai Fire District, Yarnell Fire District, Congress Fire District, Wickenburg Rural Fire District, Seligman Fire District, Camp Verde Fire District, Montezuma Rimrock Fire District, Williamson Valley and Bagdad Fire District which they will impose on June 15th at 8:00 A.M.

The restrictions are due to recent wildland fires in the area, a high Energy Release Component (ERC), low fuel moisture levels, and low relative humidity levels which have resulted in a high risk potential for large fire events. The fire ban covers the unincorporated areas of the County. Each fire department or district has the authority to apply fire restrictions for their respective jurisdiction. Please check with your local fire jurisdiction for more information.

The county ban prohibits all open fires and campfires. Other types of outdoor fires banned are those that produce open flames such as lamp oil in tiki lamps. Fireworks and other pyrotechnic displays are expressly prohibited. The ban also prohibits the outdoor use of equipment that generates open flames or a spark. This restricts the use of welding equipment and chain saws. Variances for businesses however, can be requested.

The determination includes the following Fire Ban Zones: All of Yavapai County to include the Central Zone, Southern Zone, Northern Zone, and Eastern Zone.

Yavapai County fire ban information can be obtained at www.regionalinfo-alert.org or www.facebook.com/YCOEM. Know before you go - for current information on fire restrictions, closures or wildfires on the Prescott National Forest. Check current fire information and restrictions at www.wildlandfire.AZ.gov or at www.firerestrictions.us or call 1-877-864-6985.

Fire Ban Order

Monday, June 13, 2016
Today I signed an order enacting a Interim Fire Ban be in place across all four fire zones of Yavapai County. Excessive heat has led to rapid curing of fuels across Yavapai County and scientific indicators identified by the Prescott National Forest point to the potential of extreme fire behavior. For more information go to www.regionalinfo-alert.org

Coffee Chats

Monday, June 6, 2016

I will be hosting a series of Coffee Chats as an opportunity for you to discuss the important issues facing our community.

The Coffee Chats will be held the 2nd Wednesday of each month beginning June 8, 2016 from 8am to 9am at the Step One Coffee House located at 6719 E 2nd St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314.

I remain committed to being open, accessible, and responsive to my constituents. Whether it is at a Coffee Chat, on the phone, via email, or out in the district, I want to encourage everyone to share their ideas.

All are welcome to attend.

Groom Creek Dumpster Program 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Thanks to the support from the Prescott Area Wildland Urban Interface Commission Groom Creek will be able to start the 2016 dumpster program May 23, 2016 and have been given the funding for 6 weeks with 1 dumpster each week. They are still waiting to hear on a different funding source to enhance the number and frequency of the dumpsters being provided.

As in years past, please put only un-bagged leaf litter and needles in the dumpster. Small diameter branches are acceptable, but if you have a large amount of branches, please contact the fuels mitigation crew who can chip that material so that it takes up less space in the dumpster or can be used elsewhere.

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