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NewsNet 11-20-13

RIO NUEVO BOARD ACCEPTS GENERALLY POSITIVE STATE AUDIT - The Rio Nuevo Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to accept the Arizona Office of the Auditor General’s conclusions in its recent audit of the downtown redevelopment district's finances. “They recognized the work that we’ve done to get on top of our finances and get the house in order,” said Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker. The audit, performed by C.H. Johnson Consulting, determined the district is financially stable and praised the current board for ending its fight with the city. From the Star.

CITY OF TUCSON EXPANDS DOWNTOWN INCENTIVE DISTRICT TO HELP LOCAL BUSINESS - Tucson’s Downtown Financial Incentive District (DFID), in which some new developments may qualify for reductions on building permit fees and construction sales taxes, has grown in size. The DFID's westward expansion moves its western edge from Meyer Avenue to a little past the Santa Cruz River. It now aligns with the Downtown Core Sub-district of the Infill Incentive District, a planning district that grants regulatory relief on requirements like parking, loading, setbacks and landscaping for qualifying projects. From Inside Tucson Business.

ARIZONA AMONG STATES WITH HIGHEST RATES OF UNINSURED CHILDREN - The number of children without health insurance dropped nationwide between 2009 and 2011, but not in Arizona, according to a new study by Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families.  The report, released Tuesday, shows Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured children in the country.  Nearly 210,000 children in Arizona do not have health insurance, which amounts to 13 percent of the state's children. Only Texas and Nevada had higher rates, the researchers found. From the Star.

NEW RTA DIRECTOR FACES ONGOING FUNDING CHALLENGE - The new director of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) and the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) will pick up the ongoing budget challenges his predecessors faced. Farhad Moghimi started as director of both agencies Oct. 14, after 10 months as an interim director. The recession and federal government decisions mean some changes in funding for the remainder of the RTA plan will be required, he said. The RTA is tasked with overseeing a 20-year, $2-billion transportation plan for Pima County, funded by a half-cent Pima County sales tax. From Arizona Public Media.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: FINANCE MANAGER, TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION - The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a highly-qualified individual to join the executive management team to be responsible for development, preparation and submission of the department's annual operating and capital budgets, monitoring expenditures, projecting revenues, and monitoring grant expenditures. The application deadline is Sunday, Nov. 24.
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