AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: FINAL ADOPTION OF FY14 BUDGET - A special session has been scheduled during the regular meeting Tuesday, May 21 for final adoption of the City's Annual Budget for Fiscal 2014. This budget, totaling approximately $1.27B, was tentatively adopted by M&C on May 7. A final public hearing on the budget is also scheduled for next Tuesday during the regular session, immediately after which M&C will recess and convene a special meeting for the purpose of the budget's final adoption. Read the M&C memo re: final budget public hearing here. Read the M&C memo re: adoption of FY2014 budget here.
TPD TO BEGIN ZERO-TOLERANCE SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT NEXT WEEK - As part of the national "Click it or Ticket" campaign, the Tucson Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies are partnering with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to increase seat belt usage throughout the state. The Arizona campaign, called "Buckle Up Arizona… Its the Law!," is based upon high visibility and aggressive traffic enforcement with a zero-tolerance approach towards seat belt and child safety seat usage. The enforcement mobilization will run from May 20, 2013 to June 2, 2013. Read the news release from TPD here.
JUDGE DENIES REQUEST FOR PRETRIAL RULING IN TUCSON'S CHALLENGE TO NEW ELECTION LAW - A lawsuit challenging a 2012 state law that would require Arizona's local governments to move their elections to even-numbered years will now go to trial. The new law, which takes effect in 2014, affects about half of Arizona's cities and towns, is being challenged on constitutional grounds by the cities of Tucson and Phoenix. Judge James Marner denied motions for summary judgmemnt filed by the case's plaintiffs and defendant, asking Marner to either overturn the law or dismiss the suit. Marner said conflicting evidence presented by the state and cities regarding voter turnout and cost savings needs to be heard in court. From the Republic.
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SEQUESTER SPOTLIGHT: 1,300 CIVILIAN DM EMPLOYEES TO BE FURLOUGHED - Due to federal budget cuts, about ten percent of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's workforce will be forced to take one day off per week for 11 weeks, starting July 8th. Military employees may pick up some of the work civilian employees were doing, in order to keep those priorities functioning, including training A-10 pilots. From Arizona Public Media.
REMINDER: OPEN ENROLLMENT UNDERWAY - City employees' annual opportunity to make changes to their insurance benefits is now underway, and will last until May 31st. Employees who do not wish to make changes to their current benefits do not need to do anything, however; employees who make personal contributions to health savings accounts must re-enroll. For more info, see the City's Open Enrollment page.