NewsNet 04-30-15

STUDY SAYS TUCSON BEST PLACE TO START BUSINESS IN ARIZONA - The WalletHub website lists Tucson as the No. 1 place to start a business in the state. On a national scale, the study ranks Tucson 67th. The website compared five-year business survival rates, cost of office space, and workforce education to come up with the rankings. If you're thinking about opening a business in Tucson and have questions, the City offers a service to give you the answers you need. Read the story below for details. Read more from Tucson News Now.

NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR SUBMITS RECOMMENDED BUDGET FOR NEXT FISCAL YEAR - Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry today submitted his recommended Fiscal Year 2015-2016 budget to the Pima County Board of Supervisors. While the overall $1.16 billion budget is $23.5 less than the current year, Huckelberry is recommending a 2.6 percent increase in Pima County's primary tax rate and a 3.2 percent total tax rate increase. In a memo to Supervisors, Huckelberry says the reason he's requesting a tax increase is due to $23 million in State costs Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature transferred to the County. The Board of Supervisors is expected to hold its first public hearing on the recommended budget May 12. The final budget has to be approved in June, in time for the start of the Arizona's fiscal year, which begins July 1.

MAY IS TUCSON FITNESS MONTH - This weekend is the launch event for Tucson Fitness Month, an initiative of Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. There will be plenty of free fitness classes during the month of May, courtesy of the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, Tucson Fire Department, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tucson YMCA and other organizations. The opening event takes place Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon, at the DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center at Reid Park. For a complete list of events, view the Tucson Fitness Month calendar.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. There is a fee of $10 for each television and $2 for each monitor brought in without a computer.
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Watch archived video about HHW, produced by Tucson 12