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Proposed Rate Increase for Phoenix Water Services and Stormwater Excise Taxhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2694Water Services3/16/2023 7:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2694/Newsroom_Water_WaterRatesIncrease.pngProposed Rate Increase for Phoenix Water Services and Stormwater Excise Tax<div class="ExternalClass01A7DAC224164FCDB74A006D3B206F98"><html> <div>The Phoenix Water Services Dept. is proposing a rate increase to address rising costs for water and wastewater services. While the increase is necessary to meet inflationary pressures affecting utilities across the nation, Phoenix will still have some of the most affordable water services compared to other large cities, and customers who conserve water will be able to lessen the impact of the higher rates. There is also a request to increase the Stormwater Excise Tax to fund the City's compliance with new requirements for preventing pollution from entering waterways.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Water and Wastewater Rates</strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Preliminary estimates show the average residential customer will see an increase for water service (Water Usage Fee) of approximately 6.5% or $2 in October 2023, with additional increases in March 2024 (6.5%) and March 2025 (13%).</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>For wastewater service, the average residential customer will see an increase of approximately 6.5% or $1.60 in October 2023 with additional increases in March 2024 (6.5%) and March 2025 (7%).</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Changes to the water and wastewater rates impact everyone differently, and there are many factors that determine how much each customer pays.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr style="text-align:center;"> <td style="width:25%;" class="ms-rteTable-default">​<strong>Date</strong><br></td> <td style="width:25%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"> <div style=""> <strong>​Water </strong> </div> <div style=""> <strong>Increase</strong> <br> </div> </td> <td style="width:25%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"> <div style=""> <strong>​Wastewater </strong> </div> <div style=""> <strong>Increase </strong> <br> </div> </td> <td style="width:25%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"> <div style=""> <strong>​Stormwater </strong> </div> <div> <strong>Excise Tax</strong> <br> </div> </td> </tr> <tr style="text-align:center;"> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">October 2023<br></td> <td style="" class="ms-rteTable-default">​6.5%<br></td> <td style="" class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span style="font-size:13.3333px;">6.5%</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">​$0.25/month<br></td> </tr> <tr style="text-align:center;"> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">March 2024<br></td> <td style="" class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span style="font-size:13.3333px;">6.5%</span><br></td> <td style="" class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span style="font-size:13.3333px;">6.5%</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">​----------------<br></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align:center;" class="ms-rteTable-default">March 2025<br></td> <td style="text-align:center;" class="ms-rteTable-default">​13%<br></td> <td style="text-align:center;" class="ms-rteTable-default">​7%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">​        -----------------<br></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Water Allowance and Conservation</strong> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The proposal also includes changing the water allowance structure to encourage water conservation, which could result in some customers paying an additional amount of approximately $4 more beginning in October 2023. The Phoenix Water Services Dept. has a seasonal structure for rates where charges are higher in the hotter seasons and lower in the cooler seasons. It is designed to encourage water conservation and discourage excessive water use in the summer when outdoor water use increases. The City of Phoenix declared a <a href="/newsroom/water-services/2363" target="_blank"><strong>Stage 1 Water Alert</strong></a> on June 1, 2022,​ and that alert is still in place. With conditions on the Colorado River expected to worsen, Phoenix Water customers must prioritize conservation.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:50%;" class="ms-rteTable-default"> <strong>​</strong> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>Current Volume Allowance</strong> </span> <br> </td> <td style="width:50%;" class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><strong>P</strong><strong>roposed Volume Allowance</strong></span><br></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​4,488 gallons (6 Units) - October through May (Cooler Months)<br></p></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​3,740 gallons (5 Units) - October through May (Cooler Months)<br></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​7,480 gallons (10 Units) – June through September (Warmer Months) <br></p></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>​5,984 gallons (8 Units) – June through September (Warmer Months) <br></p></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span style="font-size:13.3333px;">1 Unit = 748 gallons</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTable-default">​</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Stormwater Excise Tax</strong> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Stormwater Excise Tax funds the City’s compliance with a required Clean Water Act Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for operation of the storm drain system. This permit is required to prevent pollution from entering our washes and rivers and requires actions by the City, such as infrastructure maintenance, water quality monitoring, and inspections. As of 2021, the City is operating under a new permit with new and expanded requirements. An increase of $0.25 per month for single family residences (5/8 or 3/4 size water meters) is being proposed to fund the City’s compliance with these legal requirements. This increase equates to an additional $3.00/year for these accounts. The proposed increase for larger meter sizes is scaled at a graduated rate using the equivalent dwelling unit methodology.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Public Outreach</strong> <br> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>City of Phoenix Water Services staff will attend public meetings to gather comments and provide information on the proposed increases. For the meeting schedule and more information about the proposed rate increase, please visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov/proposedrates" target="_blank"><strong>phoenix.gov/proposedrates</strong></a>.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>We understand that any rate increase may be a burden for some customers, especially during these challenging times. We want to assure you that we are committed to providing high-quality water service at the lowest possible cost. We also offer various assistance programs and payment options for customers who may need help with their bills. For more information, please visit <a href="/humanservices" target="_blank"><strong>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices</strong></a><strong>.</strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Michael Gertzman</div> <div>Senior Public Information Officer </div> <div>Water Services</div> <div>Cell: 602-245-4143 (call or text) </div> <div>E-mail: michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNewswater-servicesGraphic of faucet with water coming outWater DeptMichael Gertzman602-534-1209michael.gertzman@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/96/Michael_Gertzman_2022_200_300.jpgPHXWater

 

 

Award-Winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Returns July 17https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/3164Aviation7/12/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3164/newsroom_aviation_105.jpgAward-Winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Returns July 17<div class="ExternalClass187F835ED3DB40DDB08C1200662AB328"><html> <p>With summer upon us, Arizonans might be looking to escape the summer heat. However, an airport is not an easy experience for everyone and can be overwhelming for an estimated seven million people in the United States experiencing dementia. To help alleviate that stress, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is thrilled to offer our award-winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop for the third time.<br><br>The Guest and Employee Experience Team at Phoenix Sky Harbor recognizes the importance of the Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop, as it continues to help passengers with dementia and their care providers plan and learn how to navigate a busy airport.<br><br>“We understand that navigating an airport is not the same experience for all, and when you add in the variable of dementia, it can be even more challenging.” said PHX’s Guest and Employee Experience Superintendent, Misty Cisneros-Contreras. “This workshop has proven to provide a valuable service to our community and an opportunity for our passengers dealing with dementia to be prepared and ready to fly next time they visit Phoenix Sky Harbor.” <br><br>The Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop is a unique opportunity that puts representatives from the airport and TSA all in one room to share information and tips while answering questions from family members of those with dementia and care providers.<br><br>The Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 17, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Those interested in learning more or wishing to attend the workshop can email <a href="mailto:skyharbor@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">skyharbor@phoenix.gov</a>. Include in the subject line “Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Registration.” Those interested in attending should register in advance as seating for the event is limited.<br><br>Phoenix Sky Harbor was the first airport in the country to offer this type of workshop and was recognized by Airports Council International – North America as the best Customer Experience Program for Large Airports as part of their Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience Awards in 2023.<br><br>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $44 billion. On an average day, more than 1,000 aircraft and more than 130,000 passengers arrive at and depart from Phoenix Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNews
S'ed̲av Va'aki Museum Temporary Closurehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3163S’edav Va’aki Museum7/11/2024 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3163/MuseumClosure_SVM_003.jpgS'ed̲av Va'aki Museum Temporary Closure<div class="ExternalClass5ADF6F13D8724658B6CD3CCF53FB4BC7"><html> <p> ​Beginning July 15th S'edav Va'aki Museum will be temporarily closed to the public for renovations. </p> <p> <span style="font-family:hind;">After 50 years, the entrance lobby will get a new floor and a custom-made front desk. In addition, the space will become an inviting introduction to the O'Odham people, the descendants of the original inhabitants of the site, and our neighbors.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:hind;">In addition, after 20 years, the “Dig It" gallery will be transformed into a changing exhibit space so that the Museum can present many new and exciting topics to our visitors. For example, when we reopen, or inaugural exhibit in the new Connections gallery is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><em style="">Following Their Roots</em></span> – a comprehensive look at indigenous farming techniques across the diverse ecosystems of Arizona. This will include a timely discussion of sustainable farming practices and indigenous food sovereignty.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:hind;">Depending on renovation work, we anticipate opening our <strong style="">outside trail only</strong> for visitors in early August.  Visitors will be able to cool down and have access to restrooms in our Community Room area. The Museum will remain closed through September.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:hind;">Please check back for specific details about trail openings, Museum reopening date, and exhibit opening dates.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:hind;">During the closure, if guests want to learn more about what the S'edav Va'aki Museum has to offer visit our </span> <a target="_blank" href="/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaaki/education/virtual-programming"> <span style="font-family:hind;">Virtual Programming</span> </a> <span style="font-family:hind;"> page. Prospective visitors can also take look at our </span> <a target="_blank" href="/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaaki/exhibits/upcoming-exhibits"> <span style="font-family:hind;">Online Exhibits</span> </a> <span style="font-family:hind;"> page which has several platforms to view permanent and past exhibits or even take a virtual tour along the </span> <a target="_blank" href="https://www.google.com/maps/%4033.4455837%2c-111.984458%2c3a%2c75y%2c178.83h%2c79.38t/data=%213m6%211e1%213m4%211sgq7cyYddvHHSqHlQrH_WGw%212e0%217i13312%218i6656?coh=205409&entry=ttu"> <span style="font-family:hind;">Interpretive Mound Trail</span> </a> <span style="font-family:hind;">. </span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
Review Motorcycle Safety Tips https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3161Police7/11/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3161/IMG_9517.pngReview Motorcycle Safety Tips <div class="ExternalClassD9E33E584D13479F91A9A79E98BF164A"><html> <p>​​With National Motorcycle Day on the second Friday in July, the Phoenix Police Department would like to remind riders to enjoy their ride, but to be safe while doing it.</p> <p>Here are some tips for staying safe while out on a motorcycle:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li> <strong>Wear proper gear.  </strong>Wear protective clothing such as a well fit jacket, gloves, riding boots and long pants, as well as a DOT approved helmet.</li> <li> <strong>Maintain your motorcycle.</strong> Like any vehicle, riders should make sure the motorcycle is in good running condition. Check the tire pressure, breaks, fluids, lights and mirrors.</li> <li> <strong>Stay visible. </strong>Do not ride in the blind spots of other vehicles. Always have headlights on, even during the daytime hours.</li> <li> <strong>Do not ride under the influence. </strong> Do not ride after drinking alcohol or taking drugs, including some prescriptions.</li> <li> <strong>Avoid inclement weather. </strong>This includes stormy weather and extreme heat.  </li> <li> <strong>Stay alert. </strong>Pay attention to the vehicles around you. Keep an eye out for debris in the roadway.<br></li> </ul> <p>The Traffic Education Safety Squad of the Phoenix Police Department likes to remind riders of the <strong>2-4-12 Rule</strong>.</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li>Keep a <strong>2 second</strong> distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.</li> <li>Look ahead <strong>4 seconds</strong>.</li> <li>Scan ahead <strong>12 seconds</strong>.</li> </ul> <p> <br> <br> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNews

 

 

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