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="ExternalClass2711FC69F2244C9182870D8D4241A10B"><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 target="_blank" href="/bond/reports-presentations">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 target="_blank" href="/bond/meetings">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 target="_blank" href="/bond">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, GOBond, Adam Waltz602-781-1334602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govcityofphoenixaz



Applications Open for Partner With a Principal Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2436Education8/5/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/qef0h3DIgJIApplications Open for Partner With a Principal Program<div class="ExternalClassD7259CFFD8184EC6B2C91F23334F529B"><html> <p></p> <p>Business and community leaders will be on their way back to school for the Partner with a Principal program. During the weeks of Sept. 19 through Oct. 14, local corporate executives and community leaders will work alongside Phoenix public, charter and private school principals to actively participate in the school's administration for one day. </p> <p>After experiencing the life of a school principal for a day, the principals and their executive counterparts will discuss how local businesses, community leaders and schools can form lasting partnerships to improve the quality of education, workplace readiness and leadership development programs in Phoenix.<br></p> <p>Last year, 29 businesses partnered with 10 Phoenix school districts and three charter schools. Local businesses invested in Phoenix schools and provided resources to students such as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) opportunities. <br></p> <p>Those interested in participating in the Partner with a Principal program, can register online at <a href="/education" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/education</a>. Applications open on Aug. 8 and the deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 2. All participants must attend a virtual information session also on Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. ​<br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationVideo
MLK Awards Program Accepting Nominationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/1458Equal Opportunity8/5/2022 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1458/Newsroom_EOD_013.jpgMLK Awards Program Accepting Nominations<div class="ExternalClass82D7F9EF3EB44F0584464F02A61AA990"><html> <p>If you know someone, including youth, who has made an impact on the quality of life of Phoenix residents, we urge you to nominate them for an award.</p> <p>The Living the Dream Award recognizes individuals who embody the ideas of Dr. King through their continued personal commitment to human relations and social justice.</p> <p>The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional individuals who have made Phoenix a better place to live through a lifelong dedication to promoting social and economic justice, defending civil rights, and enhancing the dignity of all people. Nominations must emulate the lifelong dedication of Calvin C. Goode.</p> <p>The deadline to submit a <a target="_blank" href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUMkZCNlZaTlpVVFhQV0hXTjNHMzdSRjFOSC4u">nomination form</a> online is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.</p> <p>For more information, call 602-534-1279. </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
Applications Open For Backyard Garden Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2435Environment & Sustainability8/3/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2435/raised bed garden 2.jpghttps://youtu.be/Uj3hPslz1LYApplications Open For Backyard Garden Program<div class="ExternalClass2E69FAB9CB8548B8BC9F48356C8C7A19"><html>​ ​The City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs is beginning the next cohort of the <a href="/oep/backyard-garden" target="_blank">Backyard Garden Program​</a>, where participants will receive, at no cost to them, a garden system, including training, support, and maintenance (as needed) for one year.<br><br>Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the program already supplied 92 garden systems to community members in the first year. In year two, the program will provide 178 households with either a traditional raised bed garden (provided by <a target="_blank" href="https://tigermountainfoundation.org/non-profit-community-garden/">TigerMountain Foundation</a>), a regenerative agriculture system called a '<a target="_blank" href="https://lehrgarden.com/">LEHR Garden</a>,' or an aquaponics system (provided by <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html">NxT Horizon</a>).<br><br>“Literally I can go outside, harvest what I need, use it to cook that night. That's really convenient and inexpensive," said Xavier Jones, who has a city-funded aquaponics system in his backyard. He grew more than ten pounds of produce in the first few months.<br><br>Aquaponics systems grow produce on rafts floating in water. Inside the water are fish that provide nutrients for the plants, which in turn clean the water for the fish. Aquaponics expert and instructor Dr. George Brooks, Jr. makes the whole process simple for backyard gardeners.<br><br>“To see them as their individual plants start to grow and prosper and vine out and bloom and then produce fruit has been great," he said.<br><br>The City of Phoenix is looking for passionate community members with an interest in growing food and who are willing to make a yearlong commitment to backyard gardening. Gardens will be installed in either the fall of 2022 or early spring of 2023. <br><br>“It doesn't feel like work to me. It doesn't feel like a chore. It's something I'm passionate about," said Jayleen McGehee of working in the raised bed garden that was installed in her backyard for free. “I go outside, get sun, grow things, and I provide for my family, because food is expensive right now."<br><br>This program is for residents living in single-family homes only. Check out the <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/bgp_2_en">application</a> for the full requirements. Applications for the Backyard Garden Program are open until 11:59 pm on August 30, 2022.​<br><br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideo



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