Mail election suggested for Queen Creek Irrigation District

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on June 27 is slated to vote in a consent agenda on a Nov. 13 mail-ballot election for the Queen Creek Irrigation District, according to an agenda. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Supervisors’ Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson in Phoenix. The irrigation district election is to […]

Community health worker intern funding before supervisors June 13

An agreement to be voted on June 13 by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors includes funding for an online community health worker certificate internship program offered by Central Arizona College in Pinal County. The supervisors, at a meeting that begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the Supervisors’ Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson in Phoenix, are […]

Taxation hearing precedes supervisors’ budget vote June 25

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will vote Monday, June 25, on its budget for the 2019 fiscal year, a $2.45 billion spending plan given tentative approval last month. The board, which also governs the Flood Control, Library, and Stadium districts, will have a public hearing on the budget 10 a.m. June 25 in the […]

Maricopa County honored to win 48 national awards, Chairman Chucri says

Maricopa County is being recognized by the National Association of Counties for visionary county leadership that improves  residents’ quality of life. Maricopa County received 48 NACo Achievement Awards this year. Programs recognized include air quality’s fireplace retrofit program, risk management’s secure data shredding program and the justice courts’ video appearance center. “It’s an honor to […]

State budget deal includes relief for Maricopa County

Maricopa County supervisors expressed gratitude to the governor and Arizona lawmakers May 3 for a budget that frees counties of many of the financial burdens passed onto them since the Great Recession. Since 2008, mandated cost shifts or direct contributions to the state of Arizona have cost Maricopa County more than $300 million.  The state […]

Maricopa County outpaces all U.S. counties in growth

Maricopa County is growing in ways no other county in the country can match, new data from U.S. Census Bureau showed. In 2016-17, Maricopa County added 73,650 people – slightly more than 200 per day. That is not only the largest numerical increase of any county, it’s also the largest percentage growth – 1.7 percent […]

Maricopa County park and recreation fees to rise April 1

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved adjustments to a variety of fees at regional parks, including those for day-use entry, camping and special use applications. In addition to the adjustments, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department also sought approval to add a new service — a hike/bike/equestrian annual pass aimed at […]

Maricopa County maintains top bond rating

Three major credit rating agencies have decided to continue Maricopa County’s AAA bond rating, citing its modest debt burden, financial flexibility and growth prospects. A strong credit rating from Fitch, Moody’s, and S&P means county bonds can be issued with lower interest rates, county officials stated in a release. “This is what I mean when […]

Chucri elected chairman of Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Chairman Steve Chucri outlines vision for 2018   Speaking as the newly elected chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Steve Chucri, District 2, pledged “a new commitment to the hard work involved in building a smart, sustainable future,” according to a press release. Focusing on the challenges that “stretch beyond the present day,” […]

Maricopa County to eliminate criminal conviction question from job applications

Required background checks will still catch those with criminal past prior to hire, officials say   Maricopa County will become a “second chance employer” by removing from most job applications the question related to prior criminal convictions. The Board of Supervisors approved the policy unanimously, as a way to lower recidivism rates and provide increased […]