NewsNet 04-08-15

CITY COUNCIL ADVANCES TAX INCENTIVES FOR DOWNTOWN MARKET - The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted to move forward with finalizing a tax incentive agreement with the Johnny Gibson Downtown Market. The owners of the redevelopment at 11 S. Sixth Avenue will save more than $55,000 a year on property taxes for eight years. The market, expected to open next month, features a grocery story, a distillery, a bar, and another retail space. Mayor and Council directed City staff to bring a lease agreement formalizing the Government Property Lease Excise Tax incentive (GPLET), which requires the property owner to increase the value of the property by at least 100 percent. In addition, an economic analysis must show the benefit to the City is greater than the benefit received by the property owner. The economic analysis projects $2.9 million in direct tax revenue for state and local governments and school districts, and at least 50 new jobs. City staff will return to the City Council with a GPLET lease agreement in 60 days. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
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KIDCO HIRING FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS - Tucson's Parks and Recreation Department is hiring for its KIDCO summer program. KIDCO is an after-school program for kids 5-11 years old. The summer version includes sports, games, performing arts, and special events. Teens and young adults interested in applying for jobs (must be at least 16 years old) can do so online through Sunday. Interviews will take place on April 27. For information about enrolling your children in KIDCO, please call (520) 791-4877. Registration opens online at 6 a.m. on April 25. Read more from Tucson News Now.

SUN LINK CONNECTS YOU TO THE ARIZONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - The Sun Link streetcar is an easy commuting option to the 24th annual Arizona International Film Festival Thursday-Sunday. All of the films being shown are at venues along the streetcar route. Park, dine, explore, and ride the streetcar to the festival's 33 features and 76 short films from 20 countries, hand picked for Arizona audiences.
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TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS WEEK FOR DANCING WITH THE STARS TOUR - Dancing with the Stars: Live! is coming to the Tucson Convention Center's (TCC) Music Hall on July 16. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft will host the stage show, featuring pro dancers Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and troupe dancers Alan Bersten, Brittany Cherry, Sasha Farber and Jenna Johnson. The dancers will perform in a 90-minute live show. Tickets will be available at the Tucson Convention Center Ticket Office (260 S. Church Ave.), Ticketmaster, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CRIME SCENE SPECIALIST - The Tucson Police Department is seeking applicants for the position of Crime Scene Specialist. Duties include collecting, examining, preserving, photographing, and investigating all types of crime scenes. The deadline to apply is this Sunday.