City Sees Significant Growth in Purchasing Card Program

The City of Tucson recently received a rebate of more than $849,000 for its participation in the JP Morgan Purchasing Card (P-Card) program. The program allows the City to buy items through a credit card, instead of the traditional purchasing and payment process.

The City receives a percentage of total spending as a rebate at the end of the year. The rebate contributes to the City’s General Fund, which is used for public safety, parks, and other services.

Shred-It Event This Weekend

Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal are partnering with Pima County Public Library to host a Shred-It service during the Freecycle™ Post-Holiday Swap at Woods Memorial Branch Library.

The events will take place this Saturday, 2-4 p.m., in the parking lot of  the library, 3455 N. 1st Ave. Individuals may bring boxes of documents to be securely shredded onsite at no cost.

Read the news release.

Tucson Ranked as City With Active Lifestyle

Tucson is ranked the 7th best city in a WalletHub study of "2016’s Best and Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle."

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities based on 24 key metrics to identify those that help their residents stick to their health goals. Items taken into consideration include the average monthly fitness club fee, number of sports clubs per capita, percentage of residents engaging in physical activity, and more.

Tucsonans to Be Surveyed About Potential Tax Hike Ballot Question

The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted yesterday to hire an outside pollster to survey Tucson residents about whether they would support a half-cent city sales tax increase. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said the poll would cost $10,000-$20,000, but he said outside groups may be willing to pay the costs.

A half-cent sales tax increase would bring in about $50 million a year, but it must be approved by voters. The tax hike would bring the city rate to 2.5 percent, matching Oro Valley and Marana.

City Exploring Switching to LED Lighting

The Tucson Department of Transportation says it can deliver better lighting that saves energy and money without adding light pollution.

An energy audit conducted for the City by the vendor selling the lighting system says Tucson could save $180,000 a month on electrical costs and reduce overall lumens by 62 percent.

Unlike the current lighting system, the new lighting would be able to be dimmed or turned up as needed.

Any change would need to be approved by the Tucson City Council.

Public Comment Encouraged for Review of City Magistrate

The City of Tucson Magistrate Merit Selection Commission is reviewing an application for reappointment from City Magistrate Michael P. Pollard.

Public participation is encouraged from those who have had direct experience with the magistrate's courtroom. All comments should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, to:

City Magistrate Merit Selection Commission
City Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726-7210