NewsNet 12-16-14

CITY OF TUCSON AND STATE OF ARIZONA HOLD WORKSHOPS ON LICENSE AND SALES TAX REPORTING - Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil. A workshop for retail and contracting questions will be held this Thursday, 10:30 a.m. - noon, at the Eckstrom-Columbus Branch Library, 4350 E. 22nd St. Later that day at the same location, 1:30-3:30 p.m., the State of Arizona will explain statutory contracting changes that take effect Jan. 1. Read the news release.

NEW PARKING METER INSTALLATIONS CONTINUE - Park Tucson continues to install new "smart parking meters," which accept coins, credit cards, debit cards, and will soon accept stored value cards. A new smartphone app will be available soon that will allow parking customers to pay through their cell phones. The new meters relay data to Park Tucson to monitor meter operations, revenue, occupancy, and other data to assess future parking needs. The solar-powered meters were first installed at Pennington Street and 6th Avenue, the first of more than 850 parking meters expected to be installed downtown this month, with another 200 at Main Gate Square and locations near the University of Arizona campus. Next month, more than 350 meters will be installed in the 4th Avenue business district. Read more from Arizona Public Media.

HAVE COFFEE WITH A COP TOMORROW - The Tucson Police Department's Operations Division East will hold its first-ever Coffee with a Cop event tomorrow morning. There is no planned agenda, other than a simple time to meet the police officers that serve the area. The gathering will take place from 8-10 a.m at the Bread and Butter Cafe, 9431 E 22nd St. If you have questions about the event, please call the Rincon Substation at 791-5700.
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ENVIRONMENTAL MINI GRANTS AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS TO PLANT TREES - Tucson Clean & Beautiful, the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society and the Arizona Native Plant Society-Tucson Chapter, are accepting applications from schools and programs serving youth for cash grants of up to $500 for environmental improvements. Schools may also apply for a grant of planning assistance and up to 30 trees for a school site planting project from Trees for Tucson, a program of Tucson Clean & Beautiful. Applications are due by Jan. 30. For more information, or call (520) 837-6832.

'THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS' COMES TO TCC - This holiday spectacular from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) aims to bring joy to thousands of adults and children, and just like last season, the forecast is calling for snow in the Tucson Music Hall. The TSO and guests play Christmas carols, sing, dance, and tell the story of Christmas. Santa Claus will also make an appearance. "The Magic Of Christmas" will have performances this Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.