Phoenix Trail Closure Program Expanded by Parks Boardhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2852Parks and Recreation9/1/2023 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2852/Camelback-Mountain.jpgPhoenix Trail Closure Program Expanded by Parks Board<div class="ExternalClass2F364BF028364580AE8DF308641A0DDC"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board voted Thursday evening to expand the City’s heat safety trail program that closes popular trails during the hottest days of the year. <br></p><p>The program will now be in effect all year long (previously May through October). Access will be restricted to Echo Canyon and Cholla Trails at Camelback Mountain and all trails associated with Piestewa Peak from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days when the National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Warning. <br></p><p>The approved changes are effective immediately.<br></p><p>During times when trail access will be restricted, parking lot gates will be closed, and signage will be posted. Phoenix Park Rangers will be visible at those locations to remind and educate trail users about the restrictions. Closure information also will be communicated through the <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Parks and Recreation Department’s website​</a> and social media accounts, and to local resorts and hotels. <br></p><p>"Ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our hikers and first responders while accessing our trails is our top priority," said Kelly Dalton, Chair of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board. "The action we took tonight is another important step in protecting individuals from the devasting effects that can result from hiking in extreme heat."<br></p><p>“The central focus of Phoenix Fire is the safety and wellbeing of the customers we service,” Captain Rob McDade added. “It has become clear some hikers need rescuing even when they start their hike before 11 a.m. As a result, we believe the extended closure of trails will better protect everyone involved.”<br></p><p>During the Valley's warm weather months, and regardless of an Excessive Heat Watch being in effect, it is recommended that trail users hike during the early morning or evening hours when it is cooler and there is more shade.<br></p><p>Residents can <a href="/parks/trails/take-a-hike-do-it-right" target="_blank">sign up to receive email alerts</a> when trails are closed due to excessive heat. </p><p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation, and Fire departments have worked in partnership since 2015 to share the “Take a Hike. Do it Right." hiking safety message and continue to lead with education about responsible hiking. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking guidelines:<br></p><div><ul><li><p>Watch the Weather: Yes, "it's a dry heat" – but Arizona's temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it's cool outside, try early mornings and evenings when there's more shade.</p></li><li><p>Dress Appropriately: Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen.</p></li><li><p>Bring Water: Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</p></li><li><p>Keep in Contact: Carry a mobile phone.</p></li><li><p>Team Up: Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</p></li><li><p>Be Honest: Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</p></li><li><p>Don't Trailblaze: Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</p></li><li><p>Take Responsibility: Don't be "that person" – the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!<br></p></li></ul></div><p>For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <a href="https://www.azhumane.org/pet-safety-tips/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw9MCnBhCYARIsAB1WQVWIzI3UuS_DWyHekHfNx318dJdpC-saMWQL9EVjDHl6poz8kyNjtVUaAjBjEALw_wcB" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months. </a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNewsparks-and-recreationCamelback MountainParks & RecAdam Waltz602-781-1334602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/14/Adam_Waltz.jpgPhoenixParks



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
City of Phoenix Investments Increase Number of Sheltered Individuals, Decrease Unsheltered in Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/3109Homeless Solutions5/22/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3109/Newsroom_OHS_009.pngCity of Phoenix Investments Increase Number of Sheltered Individuals, Decrease Unsheltered in Phoenix <div class="ExternalClassA35D87CDE4054B29B1AA049DA3A9F208"><html> <p>Today, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) released <a target="_blank" href="https://azmag.gov/Portals/0/Homelessness/PIT-Count/2024/2024-PIT-Count-Report.pdf?ver=djMlOCF-KPo72ljiQxWHeg%3d%3d">data from its 2024 Point-in-Time (PIT) Homelessness Count</a>, showing a significant increase in the number of sheltered individuals in Phoenix and a significant decrease in the number of unsheltered individuals in the city. This positive change is a direct result of the City of Phoenix’s ongoing investment in creating new shelter beds and connecting people with services in Phoenix.  <br></p> <p>“This year’s Point-in-Time count demonstrates that the work we’ve done to expand shelter options is making a measurable difference,” Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Although the number of those living unsheltered in our community is still too high, and we certainly have more work to do to get people into permanent, stable housing, it’s reassuring to know that we are making steady progress getting residents off the streets and into safer situations.” <br></p><p> The Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is an annual street and shelter count that determines the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County during a given point in time, as part of a national effort to identify the extent of homelessness across the country. According to the 2024 PIT Count:  <br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>The number of unsheltered individuals in Phoenix decreased by 19% from 3,333 people in 2023 to 2,701 in 2024.  </li><li>The number of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered increased by 15% from 3,569 in 2023 to 4,115 in 2024.  </li><li>The total population of people experiencing homelessness in Phoenix decreased by just over 1% from 6,902 in 2023 to 6,816 in 2024. </li></ul> <p>“I am proud to see that the City’s investments in shelter are paying off for our community,” said Rachel Milne, Homeless Solutions Director. “While we know shelter alone does not solve homelessness, it is a crucial first step for many people to connect with the right resources and support to end their homelessness. Our commitment to addressing homelessness is stronger than ever. We will continue to collaborate with our community partners and invest in creating more shelter, housing and supportive services for those in need.” <br></p> <p>The City of Phoenix has prioritized creating more indoor shelter than ever before in the last several years, adding 592 new permanent beds in 2022 and 480 temporary beds in 2023. The City continues to build permanent solutions, with another 790 new beds planned for 2024 and 2025, including a 280-bed navigation center planned in West Phoenix.  <br></p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/solutions">Learn more about the City’s efforts to address homelessness. ​</a> </p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness/Data/Point-In-Time-Homelessness-Count">Learn more about the PIT Count. </a></p><div><p><strong>WATCH</strong>: <a href="/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2994" target="_blank">Phoenix Point-In-Time Homelessness Count Completed​</a> </p><span style="font-size:10pt;"> </span></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/solutionsNews



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