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City Council Approves Next Step in Expanding Business Incentive

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday authorized the next step in expanding the Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) abatement area. The GPLET provides up to eight years of property tax abatement for projects located in the Central Business District that result in a property value increase of at least 100 percent.

Catch Up On City News You May Have Missed

Learn about the responsibilities of the City's IT department for communications towers, desktop computers, and dispatch; go behind the barricades for a look at the road construction process; and before you head out to a City lake, you’re going to need more than just bait to go fishing.

Those stories are featured in the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.

Traffic Alert: North Rillito Interceptor Sewer Rehabilitation Project

A series of traffic alerts will be issued throughout the construction of the North Rillito Interceptor (NRI) Sewer Rehabilitation Project. These alerts will announce construction, detour and street closure information as it affects residents, businesses and traffic within the area. The 10-mile long NRI project is being completed in phases; the current phase’s construction boundaries are along River Road from Palo Verde to just west of Campbell Avenue.
 

Toole Avenue - Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue Travel Lane Closure

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, Toole Avenue from Fifth Avenue to Sixth Avenue will be reduced to one travel lane between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Crews from Day’s Excavating, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will be paving this section of Toole Avenue. Flaggers will help direct motorists through the work zone.

Commemorative Trees Available at Pantano River Park for Spring 2016 Dedication

In cooperation with the City of Tucson and Pima County, Tucson Clean & Beautiful is offering residents the opportunity to purchase commemorative trees to be planted along Pantano River Park.

The trees are available to buy through Tucson Clean & Beautiful for $225 each (partially tax deductible). The price includes the tree, irrigation lines, number marker installation, name dedication at a commemorative plaza, dedication certificate, and guaranteed replacement.

USPS Commits to Take Fresh Look at Postal Plans Plans to Consolidate Postal Facilities Remain in “Deferred Status”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Postal Service (USPS) on Friday responded to U.S. Rep. McSally’s calls to update studies used to propose the consolidation of postal facilities around the country, including the Cherrybell Postal Processing facility in Tucson. In the response, Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman confirmed that the current studies will be updated and reviewed before any future decisions are made, something Rep. McSally called for in a letter earlier this month. The USPS response also confirmed that previous plans to close down facilities continue to be deferred.

City Manager to Provide Budget Update to City Council

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega will update the Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow on his latest plan to help balance the budget for the new fiscal year that begins July 1.

Ortega and City staff continue to come up with ways to reduce a projected $25.6 million deficit heading into the budget year. A hiring freeze, an early retirement incentive, and other cost cutting measures helped whittle down the estimated shortfall from more than $42 million back in December.

Tomorrow is Election Day in Arizona

The Presidential Preference Election in Arizona is tomorrow, and it's too late to mail in your ballot if you haven't done so already. You can still cast that ballot and drop it off at any of the Pima County Recorder's Early Voting sites - 240 N. Stone Ave., 6920 E. Broadway Blvd. (Suite D), and 6550 S. Country Club Road. You can also drop off your ballot at any polling location tomorrow during the 6 a.m.-7 p.m. voting hours.

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