Thursday, May 22, 2014

Bits and Pieces

OVPD Finds Suspect Manuel Chavira

"The Oro Valley Police Department would like to thank the public for its assistance in the May 16 incident involving Manuel Chavira. The suspect has been identified and charged. Please see the original media release below

ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (May 16, 2014) - The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) is seeking the public's help in locating a felony suspect.

Manuel Chavira broke into his ex-girlfriend's home through the garage by utilizing a keypad entry. This was witnessed by a neighbor. Chavira stole a watch from the residence and immediately pawned it. It is suspected Chavira may have stolen and pawned other items from his ex-girlfriend throughout the relationship, to include a wedding ring. Chavira is wanted for four counts of trafficking in stolen property and has a $5,000 bond.

Manuel Chavira is a 45-year-old Hispanic male, 5'6" in height, 150 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes." (Source: The Oro Valley Police Department Press Release)
Your County Taxes Are Going Up

Pima County Supervisors voted earlier this week to increase your property tax rate.  Lots of reports on this already. However, we think the analysis to which we linked is the most honest.  Its a 12% increase in the rate that will cost the "average $100,000 home" an added $51.  Bad news, for Oro Valley homeowners.  Our property values are much higher than the average. In fact, it is people like us who fund the tax and spend county.

According to the article: "Despite a poor economy, the County administrator Chuck Huckelberry says the increase begins to increase funding for core services. The County has tapped its cash reserves and its bond rating is at risk.

The Board similarly approved nine separate decision packages to make targeted investments in such areas as Sheriff’s services, indigent defense, road repairs and wildcat dumping enforcement."

Don't you love the euphemism: "Investment."  Is sounds so much better than "spending."  Just ask Oro Valley Town Manager Greg Caton,  He insists that Oro Valley's outrageous increase in its spending per the 2014-15 budget represents "Investment."  However, we know its simply "spending."
Oro Valley Shows Slow Population Growth

According to the US Census Bureau, Oro Valley's population grew from 41,011 to 41,627 or 1.5% in the three years ended 2013.  During the same period, Marana's population grew more than 9% and Sahuarita's grew 6.4%.  The population growth rate for Arizona was 3.7%.  (Source)

Oro Valley will probably catch up when the 1,000 or so apartments go on stream later this year and early next year.


Richard Furash, MBA said...

Nombe should be chiming in any minute now. He loves those mug shots!

Richard Furash, MBA said...

In re OV population growth: With the property taxes getting so far out of hand, I would expect to see population loss over the next reporting period.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Righto, nice looking guy.