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Commemorating Black History with Juneteenth Events

Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. The holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Galveston, Texas, learned about the Emancipation Proclamation, making them among the last to be freed.

Concerns surrounding coronavirus caused the cancellation of the large Juneteenth event traditionally held in Tucson. This Is Tucson has posted a listing of smaller events the community can participate in starting today.

City Hosting Virtual Budget Presentations Next Week

The City of Tucson is hosting two virtual budget presentations with City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland. The first meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, and be followed by a second presentation on Monday, June 29, at noon.

The public can join the meetings using the links or phone numbers provided at The presentations will also be recorded and published to the City’s YouTube page.

Share Your Input on a Future Splash Pad

Tucson Parks and Recreation is seeking the community's input on the new splash pad planned for Gene C. Reid Park outside the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center, 3455 E. Zoo Ct, Tucson, Ariz., 85716 (near the Zoo). The department is looking for comments on the older children's splash area concepts and the toddler area.

The survey will be open until July 5. This project is part of the Tucson Delivers Parks + Connections bond projects using 2018 voter-approved bond funds.

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise in Arizona

As of this morning, June 18, there are now 4,682 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 43,443 in Arizona. Those numbers are up significantly from yesterday.

Keep in mind, though, that those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,271 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, up from, 1,239 the day before.

Tucson IDA Increases Limits for Mortgage Credit Certificate Program

The Tucson Industrial Development Authority (TIDA) has increased the household income limits and purchase price limits for its Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program. The increase makes more people eligible for the program, which is designed to reduce a first-time homebuyer’s federal income tax bill by providing an annual dollar-for-dollar federal tax credit of 40 percent of the mortgage interest paid, up to $2,000.

Another Webinar Scheduled for ‘Navigating the Impacts of COVID-19 for Small Businesses’

The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is inviting local businesses to join a free webinar on Monday, June 22, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This webinar will feature Tucson hotel operators, who will share their responses to the pandemic. In addition, hear how the region is faring with the latest trends and updates in our hospitality industry.

COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise in Arizona

As of this morning, June 17, there are now 4,385 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 40,924 in Arizona. Keep in mind, though, that those numbers include cases where people have recovered. State health officials do not track recoveries.

There have now been 1,239 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson created and maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.

Bighorn Fire Continues to Burn with Red Flag Warning

As of this morning, June 17, the Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 17,492 acres and is 40% contained. It's currently burning just west of Summerhaven and the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.

Mt. Lemmon and Mt. Bigelow are in the “Go” evacuation status north of the Organization Ridge Road area, including Summerhaven. Many other surrounding areas are in the "Set" stage.

Sign Up for New Utility Services Payment System

The City of Tucson’s new online utility payment system (water, sewer/wastewater, and trash/recycling) is now live. Register your new account now to set up or continue online and auto payments.

The new system allows customers to enroll in autopay, make one-time payments, view their bills electronically, set up email/text payment reminders, and manage multiple accounts. For security reasons, the City cannot transfer a customer’s account and financial information. A new account can be set up in as little as 12 minutes.

Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street Intersection Traffic Signal Improvements

Crews this week are scheduled to replace traffic signal heads with upgraded signals to accommodate flashing yellow left-turn arrows at the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street. Work at the intersection will take place tomorrow, June 18, from about 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Law enforcement officers will be on-site to direct travel through the intersection until the work is complete. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for officers and construction personnel in the area.


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