NewsNet 02-19-15

MAYOR AND COUNCIL APPROVES TAX INCENTIVES FOR MAJOR EMPLOYER - The Tucson City Council voted yesterday to offer the Primary Jobs Incentive to bring a HomeGoods facility to Tucson. The Massachusetts-based company is considering Tucson and a couple of other cities as locations for its new warehouse and distribution center, which would open next year with 410 jobs. The company has made an offer on property near the airport, 3649 E. Corona Road, but hasn’t closed on the sale. The Primary Jobs Incentive provides up to a 100 percent credit of construction sales tax for certain qualifying expenses when specific conditions exist. The City also will waive building permit fees. Pima County previously agreed to offer a tax break to HomeGoods, for a combined offer of more than $6 million in tax breaks over 15 years. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

NANDI CELEBRATES 1/2 BIRTHDAY - Nandi, the baby African elephant at Reid Park Zoo, turns six months old tomorrow. Born on Tucson's birthday (Aug. 20), the Zoo has been chronicling her progress, as has Tucson 12. Please watch this video to relive Nandi's milestones and learn more about her training. The Zoo's education team will be at the elephant exhibit on Saturday morning at 11:15 to give Nandi a few birthday presents and answer questions.

PUBLIC MEETINGS CONTINUE FOR INPUT ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and makes recommendations about possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. A public meeting will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock at City Hall (255 W. Alameda, 1st floor). Potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. Comments can be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office, cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov or mailed to: City Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726. Two public hearings are scheduled for next month. The comment period ends March 20. Read the news release for dates and times.

REGISTRATION UNDERWAY FOR SPRING SOFTBALL LEAGUES - The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the Spring 2015 Softball Leagues. You can register from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays through March 6 at the Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. The season begins March 13.

REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.