VOL. 21  ISSUE NO. 40   |  October 7, 2015

By Linda Bentley | october 14, 2015

Why hold voters to lower standard when it comes to tax increases?

Citizens and taxpayers are responsible for holding CCUSD93 officials accountable for the dollars they choose to spend

PHOENIX – Last week Boaz Witbeck, policy analyst for the Arizona chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFP), issued a rebuttal of sorts to the policy letter Maricopa County Treasurer Charles “Hos” Hoskins included with Maricopa County property tax bills about why residential property taxes have gone up.

By Linda Bentley | october 14, 2015

Carefree touts court consolidation as a point of pride for both towns

Bodega 13 owners air troubles before council

CAREFREE – Council voted unanimously to approve the consent agenda during the Oct. 6 meeting with the exception of the paid bills, which Councilman Mike Farrar had pulled.

Farrar questioned various payments associated with the fireplaces and noted the budget was $30,000 but they had already spent $50,000.

He also questioned the “large slope” at the south fireplace and asked, if the town knew it was going to place furniture there, why it wasn’t graded so it was level.

By Linda Bentley | october 14, 2015

Is it time to adopt English as our official language?

WASHINGTON – ProEnglish is the nation’s leading advocate of adopting English as the official language of the United States and of individual states.

ProEnglish is guided by the principle that in a nation, such as the United States, the function of government should be to foster and support the similarities that unite us, rather than institutionalize the differences that divide us.


october 14, 2015

Assessor Petersen reveals beta version of new website

PHOENIX Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen is proud to announce the beta version of a new design for the Assessor’s website. Beginning in the summer of 2014, Assessor staff began to research award-winning government, and private sector websites, with a focus on ease of use, responsive design, and mobile friendly displays. Additional emphasis was made to ensure that users frequent site users would find the website redesign appealing, while keeping intact all the functionality and effectiveness that makes the Assessor’s website the most visited within Maricopa County government. The results of this study and research have been incorporated into the new Assessor beta website.

october 14, 2015

Arizona receives $24 million grant to develop outstanding charter schools

PHOENIX – The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has announced that the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has been awarded $24 million as part of the ED Charter Schools Program (CSP). The funding will allow ADE to run a state-level grant competition to support new and expanded charter schools.

october 14, 2015

Dielectric film has refractive index close to air for photonics applications

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a dielectric film that has optical and electrical properties similar to air, but is strong enough to be incorporated into electronic and photonic devices – making them both more efficient and more mechanically stable.

october 14, 2015

CBP Officers, canine find crystal meth in spare tire

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations officers seized almost 37 pounds of crystal meth Tuesday, worth an estimated $331,560, hidden in the spare tire of a vehicle attempting to enter the United States through Arizona’s Port of Lukeville.

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