Phoenix Looking for Community Input at GO Bond Committee Meetingshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/budget-and-research/2402Budget & Research7/1/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2402/Phoenix-Skyline-with-Crane-in-Background.jpgPhoenix Looking for Community Input at GO Bond Committee Meetings<div class="ExternalClass60FCE313BF074633964A512B7DC329C5"><html> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On June 7, 2022, </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">the Mayor and City Council approved moving forward with a proposed General Obligation (GO) Bond program of $500 million</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">. GO Bond programs help to fund critical infrastructure and rehabilitation needs of City facilities such as parks, libraries, fire and police stations, affordable housing, streets, and storm drains. GO Bond Programs require City Council and voter approval.</span> </p> <p> <strong>What is a General Obligation Bond?</strong> </p> <p>General obligation (GO) bonds are municipal bonds which provide a way for local governments to finance large capital improvements. A bond program includes both the authority to issue bonds and a listing of the purposes for which the funds may be used. General Obligation Bond Programs, such as the City of Phoenix's Bond Program, require voter approval. The City of Phoenix is the fifth largest City in the country and has not had a GO Bond Program since 2006.</p> <p>The City Council appointed a citizen's GO Bond Committee on June 1, 2022, to evaluate and prioritize <a href="/bond/reports-presentations" target="_blank">proposed projects</a> identified in the Capital Needs Study, and to hear from residents what they would like to see in the next GO Bond Program. In addition to an Executive Committee, there are eight subcommittees: Arts & Culture, Economic Development and Education, Environment & Sustainability, Housing, Human Services & Homelessness, Neighborhoods & City Services, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety, and Streets & Storm Drainage. </p> <p>Subcommittees will receive presentations about proposed projects from City departments, hear from the public, then rank the projects that will be recommended to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is charged with making recommendations to be considered by City Council. The City Council will then decide if a GO Bond Program will go to the voters. If approved by Council, voters will ultimately choose whether or not to adopt the GO Bond Program, in November 2023.</p> <p>Committee meetings will take place between August 2022 and December 2022 and will be open to the public for comment. The Executive Committee will meet for the first time on August 8, 2022, then the first subcommittee meeting will take place on August 12, 2022.  More information on committee meetings and how residents can participate is available online at Phoenix.gov/bond. </p> <p> <strong>What type of projects will be proposed?</strong> </p> <p>General Obligation Bonds pay for major capital improvements that serve a public purpose, such as renovating and building new parks and libraries, investing in the Phoenix Housing Plan, the Climate Action Plan, street and storm drainage projects and even public safety infrastructure like a new fire station or police precinct. </p> <p>Money from GO Bonds cannot be used for ongoing operating costs such as administrative expenses and employee salaries. </p> <p> <strong>Does the proposed 2023 GO Bond Program anticipate an increase in secondary property tax rates?</strong> </p> <p>No. The GO Bond Program does not include a planned increase in the City's secondary property tax rate, which is used to calculate secondary property tax revenues dedicated to paying the debt service on GO Bonds. This means that future property tax revenues at the existing secondary property tax rate are projected to be sufficient to repay the bonds, absent unanticipated legislative and/or economic changes. </p> <p> <strong>How to share your Input</strong> </p> <p>Community input is encouraged at the City's <a href="/bond/meetings" target="_blank">GO Bond Committee meeting​</a>s. Anyone interested in speaking can sign up online to speak, or attend in person, at one of our hybrid, in-person and virtual, meetings. </p> <p>Residents can also engage with the City on social media by using the #GOPHX2023, or by using the interactive GOPHXTOOL, an online tool that allows residents to tell the GO Bond Committee which projects they would like to see recommended to City Council. Residents may also call or submit comments electronically.</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href="/bond" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/bond</a> or call (602) 262-3111.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/budgetNewsbudget-and-researchPhoenix Skyline with Construction CraneBudgetbond, GO Bond, GOBondAdam Waltz602-781-1334602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govcityofphoenixaz



Nominate Someone: 2024 Disability Awards https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/2775Equal Opportunity5/28/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2775/Newsroom_EOD_035.jpgNominate Someone: 2024 Disability Awards <div class="ExternalClass45DB9EB98E384B5AA4FE4D2175B36DBC"><html> <p>Recognizing ability, advocacy, accessibility, and achievements since 1993, the Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues has a proud history of honoring champions in the disability community that make a tremendous impact in the Valley.  <br></p><p>The Phoenix Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues and the City of Phoenix are proud sponsors of the Disability Awards and Recognition Event (D.A.R.E.). The event honors exceptional individuals, organizations, and businesses for their dedication and service to people with disabilities.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>The award ceremony is held annually to recognize award winners that made a commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents and communities of Phoenix. It is our hope this will inspire others to emulate the honorees and provide inclusivity for the community of Phoenix.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>Award categories include Architectural, Business, Community Service, Outstanding Educator, and the Det. Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award. Self-nominations are encouraged! Nominate yourself or others/businesses that demonstrate a commitment to community. D.A.R.E. award nominees represent the very best of Arizona.</p><p>Showcase the amazing work of individuals and businesses by nominating someone for the D.A.R.E Awards today! Nominations need to be submitted <a href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUQlY3QUU0VkpFT1NMV001NzVIOVdMSjRYTC4u&wdLOR=c74825640-F7DE-4979-9E8E-0BE38E5B8BBE" target="_blank">online</a> by July 31. For more information, call 602-534-1279.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
Enjoy World Atlatl Day 2024 on June 1 at S'edav Va'aki Museumhttps://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.jpgEnjoy World Atlatl Day 2024 on June 1 at S'edav Va'aki Museum<div class="ExternalClass40C168040722424893A66EDF1A4DE7F0"><html> <p>​On June 2nd, the City 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  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<br></p> <p>In celebration of 602 Day weekend, the S'edav Va'aki Museum invites families to join us for World Atlatl Day and test their prehistoric hunting skills at S'edav 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'edav Va'aki Museum, visit phoenix.com/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901.      </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> </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="ExternalClass3ABEAA7FF79940658F34287C8A5A0B52"><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> <p> 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. <br></p> <p> 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. <br></p> <p> 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.  </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews



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