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New Service Supports Sky Harbor Customers Who Are Blind or Have Low Visionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2417Aviation7/18/2022 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2417/AIRA Newsroom.jpgNew Service Supports Sky Harbor Customers Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision<div class="ExternalClass27A3632B9C3443678B993DD3644E6AC2"><html> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">PHOENIX – Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has added a new service to support customers who are blind or have low vision as they travel. This new service, called Aira, provides guidance through a mobile app to assist passengers with a variety of needs, including moving through crowds, avoiding obstacles, finding gates, using self-service kiosks and navigating through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“Aira is great addition. It offers a whole new level of assistance for passengers who are blind or have low vision and builds on Sky Harbor's ongoing efforts to be a welcoming place for all our residents and visitors," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "I'm proud to know that Phoenix Sky Harbor, America's Friendliest Airport</span> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <em> <sup>®</sup> </em> </strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, continues to be a leader in airport accessibility experiences for all travelers."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>To provide this assistance, the Aira mobile app connects users with professionally trained visual </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">interpreters, who use live-streamed video to translate visual information into descriptive audio at the touch of a button, providing better efficiency, engagement and independence.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“The addition of Aira service started with a constituent request to my office, asking to see how we could improve accessibility at Phoenix Sky Harbor," said Councilwoman Debra Stark, Chair of the city's Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Subcommittee. “I'm proud that the Aviation team took this to heart, and made it happen. It's really a success story for their commitment to customer service."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>The Aira app is free to download and available in the Apple App and Google Play stores. While accessing the service for personal use can require a monthly subscription, Phoenix Sky Harbor will offer the service for free to users at the Airport.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>Phoenix Sky Harbor has partnered with the nonprofit Foundation for Blind Children to help </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">promote the addition of Aira service at the Airport. Airport experience tours are one of the </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ways the Foundation helps their participants develop the skills needed to travel independently with confidence.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>“Our organization was founded to help people who are blind or visually impaired achieve greater independence, where vision loss is a diagnosis and not a disability" said Marc Ashton, Foundation for Blind Children Chief Executive Officer. “By making this commitment to, and investment in greater accessibility, Phoenix Sky Harbor is truly helping to advance that vision."<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>In addition to Aira, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers a variety of tools and programs for people with disabilities. Most recently, the Airport implemented hearing loops in renovated areas of Terminal 3 and the newly-added Terminal 4 Eighth Concourse, to improve accessibility for hearing-aid users to airport announcements and the overhead paging system. Phoenix Sky Harbor also provides a sensory room for individuals with autism, dementia or other sensory-related conditions.<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>"At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, we're committed to providing all of our customers the best possible experience, which includes making sure accessibility is a top </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">priority," said Director of Aviation Services Chad Makovsky. “I hope that with the addition of Aira service, our passengers will be empowered to travel the way they want when they choose Sky Harbor."</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br>More information about the Airport's accessibility and assistance programs is available at </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="https://www.skyharbor.com/beforetraveling/Accessibility" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/beforetraveling/Accessibility</a> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">.</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span>​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNewsaviationNew AIRA Service APP Aviation#SkyHarbor #accessibility#aviation #AIRA Sky Harbor, accessibility, low vision, AIRATamra Ingersoll602-341-0928tamra.ingersoll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/7/Tamra_Ingersoll.jpgPHXSkyHarbor

 

 

World Atlatl Day 2024https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3112S’edav Va’aki Museum5/25/2024 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3112/WorldAtlatlDay_SVM_001.jpgWorld Atlatl Day 2024<div class="ExternalClassDA51B92BB34B4991877310DCB7803D4A"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On June 2</span><sup style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">nd</sup><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, the C</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ity of Phoenix will officially celebrate it's first 602 day. Like other cities throughout the country, area code day gives Phoenix the opportunity to promote the city as a </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">great place to live, work, and enjoy live. The goal of 602 day is to partner with businesses, cultural organizations, and other groups to provide events and community engagement opportunities that cultivate. civic pride</span></p> <p>In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum on Saturday, June 1st! S.A.L.T. (Study of Ancient Lifeways and Technologies), will be conducting an atlatl demonstration from 9 a.m. to noon. <br></p> <p>The atlatl is a weapon predating the bow and arrow. Used worldwide for thousands of years, it proved an effective weapon. It is a stick with a hook on the end to hold the dart/spear, that  increased the distance, speed, and force of the dart/spear. ​<br></p> <p>This FREE event is open to the public with free museum admission from 9 a.m. to noon; donations are welcome. Pre-registration is not required and no experience is needed to join the demonstration. For more information on this or other events at S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">      </span></p> <p>The goal of World Atlatl Day is to increase awareness and appreciation of this ancient technology and have as many people throw an atlatl on a single day as possible. S.A.L.T. is a local Arizona group whose mission is to teach, share, learn, and practice the skills that allowed ancient people to not only survive but to thrive in their respective environments.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Phoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3111Public Transit5/24/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3111/Central Station East Tower Newsroom.pngPhoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completion<div class="ExternalClass8E328A4B8DC04CBF995AF00B775D0E7E"><html> <p> Central Station redevelopment, the mixed-use, transit-oriented development project hosted a topping-out ceremony for the east tower May 23, 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of Central Station.</p><div> </div> <div> Located in the heart of downtown, next to the historic Security Building, Civic Space Park, and ASU's Downtown Campus, Central Station is set to become a new city landmark consisting of two residential towers that will offer student and workforce housing, two levels of below-grade parking, City of Phoenix public transit hub, and retail/office spaces.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Slated to open in early 2025, Central Station will transform how users experience the city's primary downtown bus and light rail transit center, which serves two million passengers annually. Central Station is a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix retaining ownership of the land and the development partners entering into a long-term ground lease for the project.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Representatives from the City of Phoenix, including Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with members from the development and project teams, GMH Communities, CBRE Investment Management, Medistar Corporation, Layton Construction, and Multistudio attended the topping out to celebrate this important milestone.  </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews
Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increasehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/budget-and-research/3110Budget & Research5/24/2024 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3110/Phoenix City Hall.pngTruth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increase<div class="ExternalClass90890A8C2D23431CB2A2ED63C2A90F26"><html> <p> <strong>​Tax Notice Explained</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>The accompanying Truth in Taxation notice is required by state law. The required notice addresses the city's primary property tax, which supports the General Fund services such as police and fire, parks and recreation, libraries and senior and community centers. </p> <p>The City of Phoenix's proposed primary property tax rate for 2024-25 of $1.2658 per $100 of assessed valuation is reduced from its 2023-24 rate of $1.2851 per $100 of assessed valuation. However, overall increases in assessed valuation result in a 2% increase in primary property taxes for the average City of Phoenix property owner. Individual experiences may differ based on unique property variances. </p> <p>State law requires the notice below any time the average primary property tax bill increases, even if the primary property tax rate is reduced.  </p> <p>The Truth in Taxation notice prescribed by state law does not address the City's secondary property tax. The City's secondary property tax rate for 2024-25 will be unchanged from its 2023-24 rate of $0.8141 per $100 of assessed valuation. Secondary property taxes pay the bonded debt service for facilities like libraries, police and fire stations, storm drains and parks. </p> <p>For more information, call 602-262-4800, or visit phoenix.gov/budget. </p> <p>Truth in Taxation notice publication dates and locations: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – May 24, 2024 and June 3, 2024. </p> <p>Additionally included in published estimates of revenues and expenses: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – June 10, 2024. </p> <p> <strong>Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Tax Increase</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>In compliance with section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, the City of Phoenix is notifying its property taxpayers of the City of Phoenix's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level.  The City of Phoenix is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $4,177,285 or 2.00%. </p> <p>For example, the proposed tax increase will cause the City of Phoenix's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $126.58 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase). Without the proposed tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home would have been $124.10. </p> <p>The proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides. </p> <p>All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held June 12, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the City of Phoenix Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/budgetNews

 

 

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