Tentative budget shows decreased spending, flat tax rate, money for Melendres Compliance

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2019, decreasing spending “year-over-year” without raising the tax rate. According to a press release, while spending is expected to decrease 1.7 percent, the tax rate remains flat. The public is welcome to comment on the tentative budget between now and 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 […]

Phoenix approves crosswalk plan in support of LGBTQ community

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council have voted unanimously to install rainbow-painted crosswalks at two proposed locations to show support for the LGBTQ community. The vote came in response to community groups expressing interest as several cities throughout the United States have installed rainbow crosswalks as a symbol of inclusivity with the LGBTQ […]

Hundreds ditch cars, celebrate Bike to Work Day in downtown Phoenix

More than 400 bicyclists from Maricopa County, city of Phoenix, state of Arizona and other downtown organizations participated in this year’s Bike to Work Day. Most of the riders opted for a 3-mile, police-escorted group ride from midtown Park Central Mall to downtown CityScape. Others chose to ride solo, according to a release. The event […]

Funding solution provides permanent housing for homeless

State and county officials will redirect funds previously designated toward the temporary overflow shelter to offer permanent housing solutions to the homeless in Phoenix. For more than two years, temporary sleeping mats have been available for the homeless population on the Human Services Campus at 11th Avenue and West Jackson, according to a press release […]

County attorney’s office focuses on diversion program monitoring

The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has started a Diversion Programs Bureau that will administer and monitor programs that offer offenders facing charges the ability to defer the charging process.  The office can offer offenders the ability to participate in five different diversion programs and an additional set of juvenile diversion programs provided in conjunction with the juvenile probation department, according to a release.   […]

U.S. celebrates 50 years of fair housing law

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968 nearly 50 years ago, and fair housing became law. “Now, with this bill, the voice of justice speaks again. It proclaims that fair housing for all, all human beings who live in this country, is now part of the American way of life,” the president […]

Maricopa County planning group names new executive director

The Maricopa Association of Governments has a new executive director who has a decades-long connection to the regional planning organization. The MAG regional council has ratified a recommendation from the MAG executive committee to name MAG transportation director Eric Anderson to succeed Dennis Smith, who is retiring Friday, April 6, after 41 years of service […]

East Valley high school graduate completes Air Force program

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ariel N. Hudson has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also […]