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Self-Guided Tours Available Via Smartphone at Sweetwater Wetlands

Tucson Water and Arizona Project WET are offering a series of self-guided tours at the Sweetwater Wetlands, 2551 W. Sweetwater Dr. The new Discovery Program engages visitors through a journey along the path that surrounds the ponds and recharge basins. Guests can use a QR code reader app on any smart device to view the Wetlands in a scientific way as they navigate around the 60-acre site.

Pima County Sets Tax Levy

The Pima County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved the property tax rates for the current fiscal year. The total rate is set at $5.96 per $100 assessed value. Homeowners with an average property value of $152,000 will pay $906 per year in county property taxes. That's an increase of about $30 per year.

On another matter, Supervisors voted down a proposed 3 percent rate increase for Pima County's sewer service.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

More Secure Bike Parking Available at Local Shops

Two new bike corrals provide secure parking for Tucsonans who like to bike to 5 Points Market and Restaurant, Cafe Desta, and Bon, as well as the new Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market. The businesses requested bicycle parking through the City of Tucson's Bike Rack Distribution Program, which provides free bike racks to area businesses. A Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program employee will work with business owners to determine the best size parking rack and the perfect rack location.

Pedestrian Safety Campaign Seeks to Reduce Fatalities and Injuries (Video)

The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) has a "Walk Safe Drive Safe" pedestrian safety campaign, including a 30-second video (below) to help tell a story that encourages people to watch out for each other and themselves.

An average of 250 pedestrians are injured each year in collisions with vehicles and about 20 of those don't survive, according to crash analysis data prepared by PAG.

Job Opportunity: Recreation Assistant

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking motivated, dependable team players to assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of recreation programs for children, youth, and active adults. Recreation Assistants also help with the operation of facilities, special events, and provide front desk customer service to our customers.

This recruitment will establish a civil service list to fill vacancies occurring within the next six months. The deadline to apply is Aug. 23.

View Status of Road Bond Projects

The City of Tucson has an interactive map to track the progress of the Road Recovery bond project. The five-year plan voters approved in 2012 spends $100 million to improve roadways in our community.

You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project, and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search.

A Dozen Tucson Companies to Receive Mentoring

Twelve Tucson companies will be the next participants in Thryve Next, a 10-week business-expansion mentoring program offered by Startup Tucson under a federal contract. Startup Tucson's Thryve Next is funded through a $1.44 million, five-year contract award issued last fall by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program, which is aimed at growing existing businesses.

City Council Member Honored

Ward 5 Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres was honored last week at the 80th Anniversary of Social Security Grijalva Award Luncheon, hosted by the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans. Fimbres is a Tucson native who served 32 years in the Pima County Sheriff's Department before retiring earlier this year. He also served as the director of the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety prior to becoming a member of the Tucson City Council in 2009.

Ronstadt Center Development Project Questions and Comments Online

Two developers shared their proposals last month for the Ronstadt Transit Center Joint Development Project. Both proposals would keep the Ronstadt Center as a bus hub, while adding housing and retail spaces. Questions and comments submitted to the developers are now online and have been provided to the two proposing teams for their review and responses. Answers should be posted later next month.


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