The current pension/spiking system is broken. You are seeing less services, and higher fee and tax increases because of the broken pension system. Less police officers on our streets, less services for our seniors, fewer library hours, and cuts to after school programs — and it will be getting worse. Phoenix recently instituted a new water tax in order to cover the pension costs. Last year, pension spiking was over $19 million of our budget. An additional increase of $18 million just to cover pension costs was in the budget. City staff has already forecast an additional $18 million to cover pension costs for next year.
Phoenix Public Library invites young artists in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit original artwork for a new children’s book about water conservation by Sasha and Rodney Glassman, “Jeremy Jackrabbit Saves Every Drop.” Selected artwork will illustrate the book to be published by the Glassmans in April 2015. More than 50,000 copies of the book will be distributed free of charge — one for every kindergarten student in Maricopa County.
Most of us homeowners get our yearly property tax total, but do not see the actual break down. So I thought that I would share how my 2014 bill is broken down for those who do not. The comparison is 2013 to 2014.
Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. Maybe we set it up with an air bed once in awhile for guests, or shove out-of-season clothing boxes in there, or use it as a holding zone for stuff we’re not sure what to do with.
The Old Testament Law contains 613 individual commandments. The majority of these are negative: “Thou shalt not” do such or so. These commandments prohibit activities ranging from coveting your neighbor’s cow to wearing pants made from two different materials. The remaining commandments are positive: “Thou shalt.” These order adherents to perform in determined ways and means.
Homeowners association members and board members alike may learn something useful at the HOA Legislative Update meeting hosted by the city of Phoenix from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26. The meeting will be held at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., in the lecture room on the fourth floor.
This spring, as tragic reports surfaced of veterans dying while waiting for care at the Phoenix VA, I hosted a town hall forum at Burton Barr Central Library where the families of four veterans who passed away stood before a packed room to tell their stories.
When Mesa residents need to borrow a book, they can turn to the Mesa Public Library. But what about when they desire a little exercise in the park or want to bake a cake? Now, not only can residents check out their favorite classics on paper and disc from the library, they can also check out sports equipment and bakeware.
What do Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have in common? Besides the fact that they are both splendid, waterfront communities, probably not much. Except this: Seventy-five years ago this week, these towns were the first public release points for one of the greatest films ever. “The Wizard of Oz.”
The beginning of the school year provides opportunities for fresh ideas and positive changes to enhance learning experiences for all children. During the spring and summer, the Kyrene School District Governing Board and district leaders were hard at work considering ideas that would impact the budget for the 2014-15 school year. The final budget approved on July 8 was not only balanced, it also represents an investment in spending for whole-child programs such as art, music, physical education, library, math/literacy coaches who provide support and a change to the start times for Kyrene middle schools. This budget also demonstrates the board’s commitment to invest in one of our most valuable resources — teachers and staff who received a cost of living increase.
Attorney General candidates Republican Mark Brnovich and Democrat Felecia Rotellini debate at the East Valley Tribune office in Tempe on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2014.Question 2: What are your thoughts on the restriction on RU486 and should the state continue to pursue the case to the Supreme Court?