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Ballots in Mail for May 16 Special Election

The Tucson City Clerk's Office today began mailing ballots for the May 16 mail-in special election asking voters to consider Proposition 101, a proposed half-cent city sales tax for roads and public safety.

If approved, the five-year sales tax increase would use $100 million to restore, repair, and resurface City streets, and $150 million would be spent on vehicles, equipment, and facilities for the Tucson Police and Tucson Fire departments.

Parks and Recreation Offers $2 Swim Lessons for Those Who Qualify

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department, in partnership with the American Red Cross Aquatics Centennial Program, will offer $2 summer swim lessons for the first 1,400 people (ages 6 months to 17 years) who qualify for the Discount Program. Find out if you qualify by viewing the Discount Program at the link above or by calling 791-4877.

Enhance Your Community with a Grant from C2E

Tucson Conserve to Enhance (C2E) is accepting grant applications from local organizations seeking to improve the community with water-harvesting and habitat restoration projects. Enhance your neighborhood wash or green spaces to reduce flooding, create habitat, and improve the health of our watershed. Awards are up to $10,000.

Submit your 2-page Step 1 application for consideration by May 31, 2017. Visit the link above for more information and to download the application.

Shelter Special for Rest of Month at PACC

With only two empty kennels yesterday in the tent, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) officials decided to launch a dog sale that encourages adopters to “Go Big and Go Home” with a new best friend. Now through Sunday, people who adopt a dog that weighs over 30 pounds will get to name their own adoption fee.

Shelter officials say large dogs make up 90 percent of the shelter’s current dog population, and they’re often the ones who get overlooked.

Grant Road - Sixth Avenue - Fontana Avenue Intersection Work

Tucson Police officers will direct travel through the Grant Road and Sixth Avenue-Fontana Avenue intersection on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, from 6 a.m. to about 4 p.m., to allow crews from Markham Contracting, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, to remove existing traffic signals and attach them to the temporary traffic signal poles at the intersection. The schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Speedway Boulevard Storm Grate Repair at the Union Pacific Railroad Overpass

On Monday, April 24, 2017 through Thursday, April 27, 2017, from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division, will close the eastbound curb lane on Speedway Boulevard just east of Interstate 10 to repair a steel storm drain grate.

The traveling public can expect delays when driving in this work area. Please obey all traffic control signs and watch for construction personnel and equipment in the work zone.



City of Tucson Environmental Services Customers will receive a credit of forty-five cents on
their April Utility Services bill. The credit reflects a fifteen cents reduction in the Recycling Surcharge for
January, February, and March. As of January 1, 2017, the Recycling Surcharge was reduced to thirty
A Recycling Surcharge of forty-five cents was implemented in July 2016. As recycling revenues
hit increments of $250,000, the surcharge is reduced by fifteen cents. As of January 1st, recycling

Tucson Earth Day Festival Tomorrow

Join Tucson Water, Environmental Services (Do More Blue), and more than 60 vendors/exhibitors on Earth Day tomorrow at Children’s Museum Tucson. Learn about air quality, renewable energy, alternative modes of transportation, waste reduction, and more.

The 23rd annual event will be held at the museum, 200 S. 6th Ave., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free.

Party for the Planet at the Zoo

Reid Park Zoo is joining approximately 130 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America — the 11th annual Party For the Planet™. Pedal to the Zoo tomorrow and show your bicycle at the front gate for one free admission until noon only.

Enjoy a variety of conservation-themed activities and informational displays from 9 a.m.–noon to help celebrate fun ways to help protect our environment.

Agave Heritage Festival Next Weekend

Tucson’s 8th annual Agave Heritage Festival at Hotel Congress and other locations explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, talks, garden tours, trade shows, and world-class culinary events.

For a complete listing of events, times, ticket prices (many events are free), and locations, please follow the link above.


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