Queen Creek Town Council approves 2018-19 budget

At a June 6 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council approved a budget of $251.9 million for the 2018-19 fiscal year, beginning on July 1. The priorities of the budget continue the focus on new and improved roadways, public safety and new water/wastewater infrastructure, according to a press release. “It’s important that residents and businesses […]

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$213.1 million budget poised for approval in Queen Creek

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Queen Creek Town Council approves 2016-17 budget

At their  June 15 meeting, members of the Queen Creek Town Council voted 6-0 to approve a budget of $184.1 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year which begins on July 1. Voting in favor of the budget were Mayor Gail Barney, Vice Mayor Dawn Oliphant and council members Craig Barnes, Robin Benning, Jeff Brown and […]

Queen Creek Town Council to discuss budget at June 1 meeting

The town of Queen Creek is taking a fiscally conservative approach to its 2016-17 budget to ensure it has enough money to serve its residents while providing an adequate contingency fund to dip into should an economic emergency arise.

“We’ve prioritized the needs of the community,” Mayor Gail Barney said during an interview, adding that the two top expenditures in 2016-17 will be for roads and public safety.

“We need to keep our police force at a strong level. We reduced our police coverage by one beat during the recession,” he said, adding that law enforcement services — which the town contracts from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office — is back to five beats.