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City Manager Outlines Budget Proposal for Mayor and Council

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega last week gave the Mayor and Tucson City Council an overview of his plans for the next budget year. At a public retreat last Friday at Fire Central, Ortega unveiled preliminary proposals that include exploring diversified revenue opportunities, implementing plans for employee retention (including a 2.5 percent raise to begin this April), continuing to innovate and create operational efficiencies, and delivering great customer service.

In the Tucson 12 video linked below, Ortega also spoke of mandated payment increases to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and possibly extending the amortization period to pay it. He also discussed rising insurance costs, capital needs, possible revenue enhancements, and more. Mayor and Council ultimately will decide whether to accept all or part of Ortega's proposals.

More Kids to Get Arts Field Trips Thanks to New Partnership

With the help of a new collaboration, more than 7,000 Tucson students will be able to go on an arts field trip this school year. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced the partnership earlier this week, as Act One joins the mayor's Great Start program that provided more than 2,100 arts and cultural institution passes last year for distribution in Tucson schools for children who otherwise couldn't afford to visit.

Steve K's Newsletter 1/29/18

Topics in this issue...

  • Tucson Be Kind
  • Half-Staff
  • Bump Stocks in Arizona
  • Safety on our Roadways
  • Campbell & Grant
  • Broadway
  • Cyclovia
  • Transit Management
  • Craycroft Road Work
  • Budget Preview
  • Downtown Development
  • Volvo Property
  • Local First: Gem Show
  • Lecture Series Downtown
  • Nova Home Loans Bowl
  • Stormwater Solutions
  • Solar Tariffs
  • Naming Parks and Amenities
  • Events & Entertainment

Reid Park Zoo Celebrates Grand Opening of Animal Health Center

Reid Park Zoo is now leading the way in innovative animal medicine with the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Animal Health Center. Dedicated yesterday, the facility will provide the Zoo with more opportunities to teach curious young minds through additional educational programming. Also, students from the University of Arizona’s new Marley Foundation Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program will have the opportunity to train in whole-life animal care by observing and assisting at the new center.

Activate Your Commute Downtown Tomorrow

Downtown workers are invited to learn about alternative modes of transportation available to them at tomorrow's Activate Your Commute event, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

How-to-ride demonstrations, exhibits, and information booths will be set up on Jacome Plaza. From noon to 1 p.m., Sun Tran, Tugo Bike Share, Sun Rideshare, and Enterprise Vanpool will give 15-minute presentations in the lower level meeting room of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. There will be door prizes and some refreshments.

3-Day Transit Pass Convenient for Travel to Gem Shows That Start Tomorrow

Gem Show shoppers can skip the hassles of traffic and parking with a 3-Day Transit Pass. The pass provides unlimited rides on Sun Tran buses and the Sun Link streetcar, and it's valid for 72 consecutive hours once activated on a transit vehicle. Sun Tran and Sun Link routes connect to several Gem Show events and many of Tucson’s entertainment attractions.

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