Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Valuation Notices to be Mailed by Assessor on February 28

FLORENCE, AZ – Valuations for the 2012 tax year will be mailed on Monday, February 28 to all individuals who own property in Pinal County.  Valuations are set through formula prescribed by state statute.  The formula has a lagging indicator meaning that the formula factors in sales of property in 2009 through June 2010. 
 
In general, the valuation most property owners will receive will reflect a decline in value over prior years.  It is not a reflection of what the value of your property is at this moment in time in 2011.
 
If you do not receive a valuation notice, please check to see that the Pinal County Assessor's Office has your current address.  You can look up your property online using Parcel Search at http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Assessor.  If your address changed, please submit a change of address form using the Change of Address Form online.  This form is also posted on http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Assessor.
 
If your address is correct and you did not receive a Notice of Valuation you should contact the Pinal County Assessor's office at 520-866-6361. 
 
If you feel your valuation or property classification is erroneous, please call 520-866-6361 or 888-431-1311 to request a Petition for Review of Valuation form. There is a 60 day window to file a Petition for Review of Valuation.  The appeal deadline is April 29, 2011.

Monday, February 14, 2011

President's Day Holiday Schedule

All City of Casa Grande offices, services and both branches of the library will be closed on Monday, February 21 in observance of President's Day.  Emergency services will remain operational.

Trash normally collected on Monday, February 21 will be collected on Tuesday, February 22. Trash collection normally made on Tuesday, February 22 will be collected on Wednesday, February 23.

Recycling collection normally made on Monday, February 21 will be collected on Tuesday, February 22 along with normal Tuesday pickup.

The Casa Grande Landfill will be closed on Monday, February 21. The landfill will return to normal operating hours, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Ramps to close as paving starts Thursday on Interstate 8 west of Casa Grande

TUCSON The Arizona Department of Transportation will begin repaving 12 miles of Interstate 8 this week west of Casa Grande, requiring the closure of ramps from Bianco to Smith roads. Crews will work weekdays from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

This $6.8 million pavement improvement project is part of ADOT's continued investment in Arizona's interstate highway system. It includes removing a layer of the existing pavement, applying a new layer of asphalt, placing new roadway markings, and repaving the ramps at Bianco, Montgomery and Stanfield roads.  The project is scheduled for completion this summer.

 

The following ramp closures and detours will begin this week and continue into the week of Feb. 14.

  • From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Monday (Feb. 10, 11 and 14), the Stanfield Road ramps will be closed with no access to I-8. Flaggers will direct traffic and drivers can expect delays of up to 15 minutes. For those wishing to access I-8, Stanfield Road traffic will detoured to State Route 84 and then to Montgomery Road.

 

  • From 5 a.m. Monday until 5 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 14 and 15), Bianco Road ramps will be closed with no access to I-8.  For those wishing to access I-8, Bianco Road traffic will be detoured to State Route 84 and then to Montgomery Road.

 

  • From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 15 and 16), Montgomery Road ramps will closed with no access to I-8. For those wishing to access I-8, Montgomery Road traffic will be detoured to State Route 84 then to Thornton Road

 

Traffic alerts to let drivers know about planned traffic impacts will be issued as the work progresses. Motorists may go to www.azdot.gov to sign up to receive traffic alerts regarding the project. The website also provides information about other projects throughout the state.

 

The construction project schedule is subject to change due to a variety of reasons, including weather, material availability and mechanical difficulties. As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel. Please be aware that speed limits will be reduced to 25 mph on cross roads and 45 mph on I-8 when work is taking place. Speeding fines will be doubled when workers are present.

 

To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Letter to the Editor from David Snider

Since February is such a short month – and there's such an awfully lot to do in these 28 days – let's get right to it.  But first, a brief interlude to remind us all that this is American History Month, Black History Month, American Heart Month, Valentine's Day (Feb. 14 and don't blame me if you forgot!) and Arizona's birthday on Feb. 14th,  as well as President's Day (Feb. 21). 
 
There is a fair amount of passionate discourse in our state today concerning health care, AHCCCS, and organ transplants.  Last month, a special group of Arizona's leaders in the private sector came together to form TAP, the Transplant Assistance Project.  TAP's mission is to raise the $6.4M required to pay for the nearly 40 transplant operations that are pending in Arizona.  Led by such notables as Eddie Basha, Senator Leo Corbet, Governor Rose Mofford, Nina Roosevelt Gibson (granddaughter of FDR and a heart transplant recipient, TAP is working with the New Life Society which is already organized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit.  I'm proud to say one of Pinal County's employees, Tim Kanavel (a multiple transplant recipient), is also involved in this campaign.  TAP's motto is: "Because Tomorrow Is Too Late."
 
In mid-January, Ak-Chin Indian Community members went to the polls to elect two of four candidates to its tribal council.  Gabriel Lopez, currently Council Vice-Chairman, stood for re-election along with Councilwoman Leslie Carlyle-Burnett while Delia Carlyle and Terry Enos sought to return to Council.  Both Ms. Carlyle and Mr. Enos are former Tribal Chairs and Council members.  After deliberation and a solid exchange of viewpoints, the voters chose to return Mr. Lopez and elect Ms. Carlyle.  I very much look forward to working with both newly elected officials and incumbent Tribal Council members in the coming years as we plan together to meet our common challenges.
 
Diabetes is a pervasive disease that strikes more than 17 million Americans, and in Pinal County, that translates into close to 8% of our county's residents.  Mary Gonzales, Coordinator for Pinal County's Health Department's Diabetes and Prevention Program, is focused on encouraging residents to organize monthly support groups for diabetics.  There are currently groups active in Casa Grande, Maricopa, Eloy, Mammoth, Florence, and Apache Junction.  I won't go into the symptoms and complications that make diabetes such a debilitating disease because Mary does a much better job of it than I.  Her focus on diabetes is more than just her job – she also chairs the Pinal County Diabetes Coalition which mounts programs and events throughout the year and all around Pinal County.  Please call Mary at 520.866.7687 or email her at mary.gonzales@pinalcountyaz.us for more information.
 
The Chambers of Commerce in Casa Grande and Maricopa held their annual awards dinners last month to honor members of their local business communities. The one thing all of these individuals have in common is their drive for excellence, their commitment to the larger good, and their willingness to go the extra mile (or more) for their chosen communities and causes. 
 
The Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce praised the contributions and accomplishments of: Fernando Cornejo, Eva's Fine Mexican Food as Business Leader of the Year and Community Leader of the Year was awarded to Donna McBride, Pinal County Juvenile Court Services and advisor to Casa Grande's Youth Commission.
 
The Maricopa Chamber of Commerce chose to celebrate the accomplishments of the following individuals and/or companies: Business of the Year was Ace Hardware; Non-Profit of the Year went to Against Abuse, Inc.; Bob Gillespie of Benchmark Home Loans and in-coming Chamber President, was selected as Volunteer of the Year; the Ambassador of the Year went to Dr. John Donohue; and the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award was given to former Maricopa Mayor Kelly Anderson.
 
My congratulations, admiration, and gratitude goes out to all of these exemplary individuals and businesses – they are the stuff of which our greatness is made and sustained.
 
Everybody loves a parade –right?  Well, the weekend of February 19th is blockbuster!   
First up on Saturday is the 66th Anniversary of the raising of the U.S. Flag on Iwo Jima in Sacaton.  Sponsored by the Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84, this wonderful parade features lots of military units, veterans' organizations, Native American Code Talkers, antique cars, and a military fly-over.  Immediately following the parade, the veterans muster in Ira H. Hays Memorial Park for addresses from those who fought in World War II.  After that, there's a Pow Wow with lots of Native American dancing that will last well into the night.  This annual event is a wonderful tribute to those who served and died for our country as well as celebrating those who currently serve in harm's way in defense of our country.
 
That same weekend, the annual O'odham Tash event – starting on the 18th and running through the 21st – is resplendent with arts and crafts activities and booths, as well as a variety of rodeo events.  This year's festivities are configured differently.  All of the usual events (i.e. craft booths, the rodeo, etc.) can be found at the Pinal County Fairgrounds – the rodeo will take place in downtown Coolidge on Saturday the 19th.  For more information, click on the Pinal County website (http://pinalcountyaz.gov) or check your newspaper for details.
 

David Snider, Supervisor
Pinal County District 3

TEEN MODELS NEEDED

The Casa Grande Teen Center needs female and male Teen Models between the ages of 13 and 18 to Model Prom dresses and tuxedos at the Prom Fashion Show and Canned Food Drive. The event takes place on March 5th at 2 pm at the Teen Center (540 N Camino Mercado, in Palm Center Plaza behind Cracker Barrel). The deadline to reserve your modeling position is Thursday, February 17th. To reserve your spot contact 421-8677 ext 4560.

Pinal County Seeks Public Comment on Use of $3.16 million in Federal Funds

FLORENCE, AZ – Pinal County is seeking public comment on its application for federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP3) funds.  The public comment period ends February 18.  The entire application can be found on the Pinal County website at http://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Departments/Housing/Pages/Home.aspx.  
 
Pinal County aims to participate in the third round of funding through the U.S. Housing & Urban Development Program's Neighborhood Stabilization Program.  The program provides targeted emergency assistance to state and local governments to acquire, redevelop or demolish foreclosed properties.
 
The County proposes to use its $3.16 million allocation to address foreclosure issues in four "areas of greatest need" that meet strict criteria outlined by the HUD grant program.  The areas chosen are select neighborhoods within the cities of Apache Junction, Coolidge and Casa Grande.  The areas were chosen based on criteria set forth by the NSP3 program as well as input from municipal employees within the county.
 
Adeline Allen, Pinal County Housing and Community Development Director, explained that selecting areas of focus was made difficult by the limitations imposed on use of the funds.
 
"No area of the county has been immune to foreclosures and these funds aren't enough to make the problem go away," said Adeline Allen, Pinal County Housing & Community Development Director. 
 
Allen said the NSP program developed a tool to identify areas of greatest need, along with estimates on how to make a positive impact in those areas.  Large areas had to be reduced in size because there wasn't enough money to make a positive impact.
 
"We hope to show that concentrating funds in a smaller area can make a positive impact on neighborhoods," Allen said.  "We would like to show that the infusion of these targeted grants can halt declines, stabilize communities and aid in recovery."
 
Much of the funding will be used to help qualified home buyers with down payment, closing cost assistance and financing.  Because of the focus on foreclosed homes, the county also will use some NSP3 funds to repair the homes to a livable standard.  In addition, the county will work with a non-profit organization in the Apache Junction area that will construct homes for income-qualified families.
 
Prior to final submittal, the application with any proposed changes resulting from the public input will be submitted to the Board of Supervisors for review and approval, most likely at the February 23 meeting.  The application must be submitted to federal officials by March 1.
 
To comment on Pinal County's planned use of the NSP3 funds, please write or email your comments to:
 
NSP3 Program
970 North Eleven Mile Corner Road
Casa Grande, AZ  85194
 
Phone:  520-866-7236
E-Mail:  nsp3@pinalcountyaz.gov