Yavapai Gaming - August 2014

Home | Classifieds | Place an ad | Obituaries | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | 928 Media Lab | Contact Us | Subscribe | Yellow Pages
Prescott Valley Tribune | Prescott Valley, Arizona

home : latest news : local August 19, 2014

6/11/2014 8:00:00 AM
Jail District Tax Plan captures council interest
Trib file graphic
Trib file graphic

Briana Lonas

A discussion about a sales tax increase topped the Prescott Valley Town Council work-study session last week as Yavapai County Administrator Phil Bourdon explained just why such an increase would help build a much needed jail facility.

Bourdon presented the Jail District Sales Tax Plan that would increase the current quarter-cent tax to a half-cent, a move that would bolster construction plans for a $26 million facility that could take up to five years for completion.

Without the increase, there would be general fund cuts, Bourdon said. "Reducing the general funds would greatly reduce law enforcement protection," he said.

Currently, the 600-bed jail in Camp Verde is at full capacity.

Bourdon named some of the ways in which the county has worked to reduce jail district costs by reducing inmate population by way of the Early Disposition Court created to expedite court proceedings. In addition, jail bed rentals are available, for outside agencies such as the U.S. Marshals Service, that bring in revenue to the jail district.

Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher also spoke and explained that in April, during a Board of Supervisors study session, he made it very clear that the current jail system is near capacity and recommended moving forward with a new jail.

He explained that the current jail on Gurley Street would cost more to operate and maintain because of the age of the building and code upgrades. The existing jail is not practical for the use of housing inmates. The county has no plans to sell the aging building, rather it's in full use for the Sheriff's department and Yavapai County Attorney's office, he said.

Town Councilmember Stephen Marshall said that he had been on the fence with regard to this issue, but now agrees the tax increase is better than raising property taxes.

The council also listened to Public Works Director Norm Davis request that a long-standing engineering agreement with Dava and Associates see renewal. Dava and Associates performs services to include system planning engineering, evaluations, studies, and project design work, surveys and construction coordination.

The town has budgeted $55,000 for the contract costs beginning at the new fiscal year 2014/15.

Council also looked at a photo presentation regarding the town's annual Chip Seal Maintenance Program, one the Public Works Department budgets for every year from Highway Users Revenue Funds received from gas tax dollars to maintain the town's streets.

Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty stood up and congratulated the town as it recently received a 2014 Playful City designation by KaBOOM! a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America's children, in conjunction with the Humana Foundation.

Witty explained that the Town partners with the Humboldt Unified School District and other entities to provide healthy, enjoyable play opportunities.

According to the town's Website, "Playful City communities know play can help young people manage stress, spark creativity and resilience, make friends, and improve health and wellness."

    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
They're Here: Gangs a Yavapai reality, says task force (2 comments)
Dewey-Humboldt council, mayoral candidates introduce themselves (11 comments)
Should Dewey-Humboldt get into the water business? (2 comments)
Letter: Ethanol is not good for car engines (4 comments)
Photo: Prescott Valley's ambassadors of good will (1 comment)

Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Prescott Valley, AZ
Click for weather forecast

Find It Features Blogs Milestones Extras Other Publications Local Listings Submit
Classifieds | Place an ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Opinions | Real Estate Search | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
Yavapai Gaming - August 2014

© Copyright 2014 Prescott Newspapers, Inc. The Prescott Valley Tribune is the information source for Prescott Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. Prescott Newspapers Online is a service of Prescott Newspapers, Inc. By using the Site, pvtrib.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Prescott Newspapers Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved