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Reminder: City of Tucson Tax Code Changes Begin Friday

As part of the plan to structurally balance the 2017 fiscal year budget, the Mayor and Tucson City Council this month adopted changes to the tax code, which take effect July 1. The Public Utility Tax will increase from 4 percent to 4.5 percent, and the City of Tucson Bed Tax will increase from $2 to $4 for each 24-hour period of occupancy.

Read the news release.

Fire Crews Training for Swift Water Rescues

Tucson Fire Department (TFD) crews are training for swift water rescues to enhance their skills during the summer thunderstorm season. This past weekend, TFD responded to seven calls to help drivers stuck in flash floods.

Dozens of first responders spent this morning at Hi Corbett Field to practice teamwork, extending ladders, using rescue equipment, and simply getting comfortable with equipment that no doubt will be used again this summer.

Tucson Fire Rescues Family From Vehicle During Thunderstorm

The Tucson Fire Department yesterday (TFD) rescued four people from their SUV, near Lee Street and 9th Avenue, after they were swept downstream and were trapped in the vehicle with water up to the windshield. Ladder 01 was en route to another call when the crew noticed the headlights from the stranded vehicle. They were able to see the family still in the vehicle and immediately began performing a rescue. The ladder was extended to the SUV and the four people were pulled out of the door and onto the roof of the vehicle.

Job Opportunity: Contract Officer

Are you interested in working in a busy City of Tucson department that works directly with city departments, businesses, and citizens? The Department of Procurement is recruiting for a contract officer, an entry level professional position involved in contracting for materials, equipment, services, engineering, and construction services for the City of Tucson.

The deadline to apply is July 13.

Spotlight on Andean Bears

Have you seen Reid Park Zoo’s two Andean bears? Worf (male, born 1992) and Lucy (female, born 1994) have shared a habitat since the South America loop opened in 1996. They have two offspring that have gone on to start families at other zoos.

Andean bears, sometimes referred to as spectacled bears, are the only bears found in South America. Learn more about Worf and Lucy by visiting Reid Park Zoo or reading the blog on the Zoo's website.

20th Annual "A" Mountain Fireworks Celebration

With special thanks to Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment for its
generous donation, the 20th Annual “A” Mountain Fireworks
Celebration will start at approximately 9:15 p.m., Monday, July 4.

"A big thanks, once again, to Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment
for generously sponsoring the fireworks. Thanks also to 94.9 MIXfm for
providing the soundtrack," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "The
4th of July is a time for family and a time for all of us to reflect on
what it means to live in a democracy."

Westbound Valencia Road Travel Restrictions at Headley Road Near Midvale Park

Westbound Valencia Road at Headley Road, near Midvale Park will be restricted to one travel lane on Saturday June 25, 2016 from 6 a.m. to about 11 a.m. The travel lane restrictions will be in place so that crews from PACE Electrical, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), can remove and replace a damaged traffic signal pole, mast arm and traffic signal.

Old Spanish Trail Work Nearing Completion

The final phase of the Old Spanish Trail Reconstruction Project from Melpomene Way to Harrison Road will take place tomorrow. Old Spanish Trail from 22nd Street approximately 450 feet west will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow work crews to mill (remove asphalt) and repave the roadway. All of the driveways for business access from Old Spanish Trail will remain open.

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