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Stimulus Check Information for Seniors and Low Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that even people who typically do not file a tax return will need to file to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax but must still file a return with the IRS. The IRS is developing a simplified form that should become available very soon.

Here is an excerpt from the IRS website:

City Of Tucson Closes Playgrounds and Additional Amenities at Parks

The mayor, city manager, and Parks and Recreation director announced last night, March 31, that pursuant to Tucson Code Section 21-2(b), Tucson Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed all ramadas, gazebos, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, courts for basketball, bocce, and volleyball, as well as horseshoe pits, and splash pads.

Rio Nuevo District Offers Small Business Administration Loan Process Assistance

The Rio Nuevo District is providing free assistance to small businesses to help navigate the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Paycheck Protection programs. These loans help cover payroll costs, paid sick leave, employee salaries, health insurance premiums, rent, utilities, and mortgage interest payments.

Only Ride Transit if It's Essential

The City of Tucson is urging residents to ride public transit only if necessary for essential services, which also complies with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's stay-at-home Executive Order issued this week. The City is currently waiving fares on Sun Tran, Sun Link, and Sun Van. Transit is an essential service and will remain available during this time.

Today is Census Day

Today, April 1, is Census Day, meaning all Americans are asked to fill out their census forms. You should have already received an invitation, and you can respond online, by phone, or by mail. When people respond to the census, their answers are kept anonymous and are used only to produce statistics.

Gov. Ducey Issues Stay-at-Home Order

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order yesterday, March 30, requesting that people "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. The latest action by the governor follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and comes as a recommendation from public health officials who are tracking data specific to Arizona. The order promotes increased physical distancing, but it also encourages social connections among citizens.

Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard Elías Died Suddenly Over the Weekend

Pima County continues to mourn the Saturday morning death of Supervisors' Chairman Richard Elías, who was first elected to the board in 2002 and just last week filed papers to run for another four-year term. Elías was a fifth-generation Tucsonan and a champion for environmental issues, working families, children, and seniors.

TPD Warns of Consequences for Failure to Observe Coronavirus Precautions

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus is warning of consequences for people who thoughtlessly host large social gatherings while state and local emergency orders are in place. House parties are not listed as an “essential activity” in Gov. Doug Ducey's Executive Order issued yesterday, March 30.

Activities other than those deemed essential by the governor are specifically prohibited (attendees not remaining in their own homes nor maintaining the prescribed distancing). Attendees at a party could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor.

Reduced Service and Operations at City Court Extended Through April 17

Tucson City Court instituted operational changes on March 20 to protect the staff and public and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. There will be limited in-person access at the Court building until further notice. People seeking injunctions or appearing for related hearings are allowed in the building, but attendance is limited to counsel, court staff, law enforcement, and interpreters.

City Holiday Closures

The City of Tucson will observe César Chávez Day next Monday, March 30. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. The Los Reales Landfill will be open, but it is not accepting cash due to the spread of COVID-19. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.

Pima County Extends Emergency Declaration

The Pima County Board of Supervisors yesterday, March 26, voted to extend restrictions for some businesses in unincorporated Pima County to April 10 as part of the board’s effort to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 in the community.

Using its emergency powers on March 19, the board ordered all restaurants in unincorporated Pima County to stop on-premises dining and closed numerous types of businesses, including bars, bowling alleys, yoga studios, and gyms.

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