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Arizona's economy won't recover until more people move here, but more people won't move here until the unemployment rate drops.
Nearly a year ago, I hosted the first Downtown Development Summit at the Mesa Arts Center. We invited developers and financiers from Arizona and around the country to come see what downtown Mesa had to offer. We highlighted development opportunities and showcased available properties through downtown and along the light rail corridor.
WASHINGTON — It's a big question for marketers: What kind of a buyer are you? And, as important, what are you willing to pay?
Apple Inc. qualifies for a $10 million grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority if it opens its proposed new plant in Mesa and meets job creation and capital investment targets.
“Another reason for low health care sign-up numbers: We’re a nation of procrastinators. How many of us turn in anything early? We are a country that sees a deadline and thinks: I bet I can turn it in a little late.”
A potential impediment to Apple developing a facility in Mesa was cleared on Monday night after the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board agreed to sign a letter of no objection to allow for the re-zoning of the property for tax purposes.
The deal that would bring Apple to Mesa has hit a snag due to a decision by the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board to hold off on an agreement that would provide incentives to the company and provide the district millions in tax revenue.
I believe the City of Apache Junction made a major mistake when they agreed to the erroneous street plan for Apache Trail North. Now we have portable speed limit signs flashing fifteen (15) miles per hour, much like a school zone, at the north and south entrance to a road that could have been two lanes of traffic in each direction with a center turning lane, which (in my opinion) would have been much more practicable.
I am a college senior at the top of my class preparing to start a career in Elementary & Special Education and am extremely disappointed in Gilbert’s disinterest in improving the quality of its school system. Teacher pay in the Gilbert Public Schools has been frozen for years and stripping funding from them at this juncture will only ensure that this trend continues!
As part of my duties as President of the United States Conference of Mayors, I have the opportunity to talk to leaders across the nation about a number of important issues. Many of the topics affect nearly every city, large or small. Airports is a topic that is right at the top of this list.
On Nov. 5, voters across the East Valley will vote on several items concerning additional city- and school-district funding that would add millions of dollars to continue funding education efforts or to continue city and school-district improvements.
“Gilbert Public Schools portion of my property tax bill is 72 percent of the total bill. NO OVERRIDE. They get enough of my money already.”
I’ve heard the most potent arguments in favor of the tax increase known as the “override,” and, as a conservative, I’m not convinced.
Last November the voters of Gilbert School District resoundingly defeated the override. This year, the GPS board has voted to give raises, increase the primary property tax rate, and is now asking for another tax increase, at a taxpayer cost of $328,000.
To parents and residents living within the Gilbert Public Schools geographic area:
In response to Mr. Chiazza’s recent letter to the editor (Tribune, Oct. 20, evtnow.com/5z0), I, too, find it quite disturbing that radicals are putting up signs saying “Destroy Public Education.” However, the group that placed these signs are not those who oppose the override. They were placed by people who want the property tax override to pass. They hoped that their deception would cause voters to jump to an inaccurate conclusion, just as Mr. Chiazza did.
Budget overrides for Gilbert Public Schools as well as the Chandler Unified, Higley Unified, Queen Creek Unified and Tempe Union School Districts were voted down soundly a year ago. But that isn’t stopping the five districts — and a few others in the East Valley — from giving voters another chance to keep education budgets at their current mark.
PHOENIX — Federal officials said Thursday they're willing to reopen national parks with state dollars — but only in a way that may make it financially impossible.
I don’t usually write about sports, and you can all relax, because I’m not going to today.
AZ Lending Experts, a Mesa-based mortgage firm, is hoping to protect potential home buyers in the Valley’s challenging, and growing, real estate market by providing foresight with its new service, the “Phoenix PreList.”
Education administrators from the East Valley and the state highlighted their success and the challenges they face in their efforts to improve Arizona’s test scores during an event hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce last week.
This Tuesday, Aug. 27, will be the final day to vote in the Phoenix City Council election.
Should the Arizona Corporation Commission require the customers of APS to provide yet another subsidy to solar energy production? That’s the question at the heart of the argument between the utility and it’s net-metering customers.
If you’ve been considering making the jump from renter to homeowner, here’s some news that could help make up your mind. According to online real estate company Trulia, buying remains cheaper than renting in most communities across the country as long as mortgage rates stay below 10.5 percent. Even with the recent increase in the 30-year fixed rate to 3.9 percent, it’s still 41 percent cheaper to buy a new home than rent one, nationally.
Last week there was some good news and some not so good news for East Valley cities.