NewsNet 06-17-15

PIMA COUNTY ADOPTS FINAL BUDGET WITH PROPERTY TAX INCREASES - The final $1.17 billion budget passed yesterday by the Pima County Board of Supervisors includes increases to the primary property tax rate and two of the county’s three secondary property tax rates. In all, the increases will add a little more than $30 to the tax bill of an average homeowner living in a property valued at about $152,000. County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says the tax increases are needed due to cost-shifting from the State of Arizona, putting more of a burden on taxpayers in Pima County. Meanwhile, the Tucson City Council will finalize municipal tax levies on June 23. Read more from Pima County and the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON RECOGNIZED AS 'PLAYFUL CITY USA' COMMUNITY - Tucson is being honored with a 2015 "Playful City USA" designation for the ninth time. The national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. KaBOOM! selected Tucson for its outstanding dedication to play. “Tucson Parks and Recreation is proud to be one of the first to be recognized as a Playful City and pleased to have continued that designation over the past nine years," said Parks and Recreation Director Fred Gray. "It is a testament to our staff’s dedication to serving the community and bringing play to Tucson.” As an example, more than 15,000 guests attended the ninth annual Family Festival in the Park Day last November, which featured free admission to Reid Park Zoo, train rides, a kid zone area, and family games. Tucson offers more access to play through a joint-use agreement between the City and schools that keeps parks open to children outside of school hours.

'DUMP THE PUMP' TOMORROW - Sun Tran and Sun Link are joining other public transportation systems nationwide for the 10th annual "Dump the Pump" day tomorrow. Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the day encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving a car. Established in June 2006, when gas prices were $3 per gallon, the Dump the Pump campaign emphasizes that public transportation is a great travel option that also helps people save money.

HOW TO KEEP YOUR PETS SAFE IN THE HEAT - With Tucson's very hot temperatures this week, it's important to keep your pets cool. Most pet stores sell dog booties to protect their paws from hot sidewalks and asphalt, but veterinarians recommend pets stay out of the heat during the hottest part of the day. If you can, it's best to leave your pets indoors and make sure they have plenty of water. Read more Tucson News Now.

SUMMER MOVIES CONTINUE AT LA PLACITA VILLAGE DOWNTOWN - Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 through August. Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the pleasant summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). Tomorrow's movie is King Kong (1933), starring Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Avenue, on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.