The Yuma City Council will hold a public hearing on and possibly adopt the final budget and property tax rate for fiscal year 2019-2020 this week.

Members will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday and a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, both in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1 City Plaza.

The city will conduct a combined Truth in Taxation and final budget public hearing on Wednesday before potentially adopting the $224.7 million budget, which includes a Capital Improvement Program budget of $42 million and an operating budget of nearly $183 million. 

The Wednesday agenda also calls for possible adoption of the 2019-2020 Primary Property Tax Levy and Mall Maintenance District Property Tax Levy.

The final budget is based in part upon an estimated primary property tax levy that is anticipated to raise more than $13.7 million in tax revenue. This estimate is derived from the assessed valuation as of Feb. 10, provided by the Yuma County Assessor, and multiplied by a tax rate of $2.3185 on each $100 of assessed valuation.

This tax rate is an increase from the 2018-2019 rate of $2.2747. There has been no secondary property tax levy since 1992.

The tax rate for the Mall Maintenance District is $4.7398 on each $100 of assessed valuation, which is slightly higher than the 2018-2019 tax rate of $4.6718. The levy is anticipated to raise about $120,000 in tax revenues for 2019-2020.

For the Tuesday work session, the council will hear a briefing by Col. David Suggs, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, on the station’s Air Installations Compatible Use Zones study, including recommendations and strategies.

Also, Marketing Specialist Carrie Ring and Joanne Fiser, heritage festivals coordinator, will present the activities and statistics of the Heritage Festival’s 2019 season.

The council will then review the agenda for the Wednesday regular meeting, which will kick off with a recognition of Yuma Police Sgt. Raul Fiveash by Congressman Paul Gosar’s office.

The consent agenda has several contracts, including a $406,681 award for the construction of the Harvard Street Sewer Project to DPE Construction of Yuma and a lease of 27 vehicles with Enterprise Fleet Management of Chandler at a cost of $128,556 annually for four years.

The council will also consider the purchase of 14 vehicles at an estimated cost of $608,422 from Bill Alexander Ford Lincoln of Yuma and Findlay Auto Group of Bullhead City and a boom truck for $170,397 from Altec of Phoenix.

Also on the agenda is the purchase and delivery of tires, tubes and services at an estimated annual cost of $200,000 from Ed Whitehead’s Tire Pros, Purcell Tire Company and Redburn Tire Company, all of Yuma.

Two agreements with two agencies are up for consideration, one with Crane School District 13 for the operation and maintenance of 16 solar-powered flashing speed zone beacons and another on behalf of the Yuma Regional Communications Systems, which provides a radio communications network for public safety agencies in Yuma County. The agreement authorizes YRCS to assume maintenance and support responsibilities for all hardware and software components and enabling shared use of the system and the data.

The agenda includes an intergovernmental agreement with Yuma County for demolishing, repaving and restriping of the parking lot located north of 2nd Street between Maiden Lane and Gila Street.

Three ordinances that would rezone property will be introduced. The properties are located at 1874 S. Avenue B, the northwest corner of the Avenue 5E and 32nd Street and the southeast corner of West 16th Street and South 44th Avenue  

In addition, a public hearing will be held on a request to amend the general plan’s land use designation for property located at the southeast corner of Mississippi Avenue and 44th Street from commercial to mixed use. The applicant is Yucca Land Company.

To view the staff reports and complete agenda, go to www.yumaaz.gov.

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