Monsanto Drops Property Tax Proposal With County

Monsanto Co. yesterday sent a letter to Pima County stating that it has decided to withdraw its Foreign Trade Zone Payment in Lieu of Taxes Agreement proposal. The company still intends to build and operate a greenhouse near Marana on a 155-acre property it purchased last October. The foreign trade zone designation would have dropped the property's assessment ratio from 15 percent to 5 percent, saving Monsanto approximately $370,000 in county property taxes after investing $96 million in development.

University of Arizona Baseball Returns to Hi Corbett Field

The University of Arizona baseball team makes its debut this Friday at 6 p.m. against Eastern Kentucky at Hi Corbett Field. The start time for Saturday's second game against Eastern Kentucky will be at 1 p.m.

The Wildcats are coming off a 49-24 season in 2016 and an appearance at the College World Series Finals.

This year, Hi Corbett field will feature a new backstop, new seats behind home plate, and several field improvements.

Ina Road to Close at I-10 for Two Years Beginning Tomorrow

For the next 25 months or so, motorists will not be able to pass under Interstate 10 on Ina Road or exit from the interstate in either direction. Ina Road at I-10, including the east and westbound on- and off-ramps at Ina, will close at 1 a.m. Wednesday. The westbound I-10 frontage road from the Orange Grove on-ramp to Cortaro Road is scheduled to close at the same time, according to an Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) news release.

More than 200 Jobs Coming to Tucson's South Side

Dave & Buster’s now is accepting applications to fill 230 jobs at its new Tucson location near South Park Avenue and Interstate 10. The company says the restaurant/video arcade is expected to open April 3. The company is hiring all positions, which include managers, game techs, servers, hosts, bartenders, cooks, front desk, and back of house jobs.

If you're interested in applying, please follow the company link above.

Read more from KVOA.

New Jobs Report Shows Positive Signs of Growth

The Tucson area is expected to add 7,100 jobs this year, according to a report from Picor Commercial Real Estate. The report says the projected job growth could mean a steady rise in home prices and commercial properties in the area.

New or expanding retail absorbed more than 386,000 square feet of space in 2016, the Picor report shows. Industrial activity also showed growth last year, as did the number of building permits.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

License and Transaction Privilege Tax Reporting Workshop This Week

The Arizona Department of Revenue (ADOR) this year became the single point of administration and collection for the Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax. Learn your rights and responsibilities for remittance by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by ADOR. Class participants will receive assistance registering with and completing the ADOR transaction privilege tax forms. ADOR and City of Tucson staff will be available to answer questions.

Water Line Repairs on East Glenn Street

A 30” reclaimed water line break over the weekend at the 5400 block of East Glenn Street is causing the complete closure of Glenn Street between North Woodland Avenue and North Sidney Boulevard. The location on Glenn Street is two blocks west of Craycroft Road. A detour for local traffic is in place from Glenn Street along North Woodland Avenue, to East San Francisco Boulevard and North Sidney Boulevard.

Stone Avenue at Speedway Restrictions Tomorrow

Both northbound and southbound travel on Stone Avenue at Speedway Boulevard will be prohibited tomorrow to allow crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), to complete the final paving at the intersection. The Stone Avenue closure will be in place from approximately 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. Eastbound and westbound travel on Speedway at Stone will be allowed, but travel will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Speedway.