Friday, April 24, 2015

Bits and Pieces: Pima County Bond Election and More

Pima County bond election coming. Hold on to your wallet."
You will have a chance to watch zero liability voters increase your property bill.

"On April 21, 2015 the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved Resolution No. 2015-19 ordering a bond election to be held on November 3, 2015, and approving seven ballot propositions. If voters were to approve all seven propositions, the County would be authorized to sell $815,760,000 in general obligation bonds to fund projects that meet the purposes stated in each proposition." (Source)

And you will pay for these projects with an increase of major proportions to your property tax.

As we have already observed:
Oro Valley and Foothills property owners pay much more than they should for projects they could finance on their own. This is is because their property values are far greater than the rest of the county. And, as we have observed, Oro Valley would probably not do it on their own because it would require an Oro Valley property tax. 
Better the property tax should come form Pima County and not Oro Valley?

Wait till you find out what it will cost you!

More will follow.

Meet the Oro Valley Police Department this Sunday at Noble Hops. 
The site is located at the southeast corner of La Canada and Lambert.  There is a special menu for this event. "Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by the United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The goal of this program is to break down barriers between the public and police officers." (Source: Town Of Oro Valley press release)

Source: Oro Valley Police Department Statistics
Be alert at Oro Valley's traffic light intersections
The Oro Valley Police Department  released its latest crime statistics.   Included in these is a graph of the top accident intersections for the 4th quarter of 2014.   The intersection of Tangerine and La Canada had, by far, the most traffic accidents.   Every one of the intersections  on the report have traffic lights.  Apparently, people are in for too much of a rush to pay attention to the rules.

Oro Valley's Basis School #1 ranking
The Washington Post has rated Oro Valley's Basis High School as the most challenging high school in the United States. This was determined by an index that the post created.

"The index score is the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year." Basis' index was 20.444.  This would mean that there were more than 20 college level tests given at the school per graduating student. This was 3 more than the #2 school.

Also noted... the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E)." Basis' score: 100%
(Source) (Read the Arizona Daily Star Report)

Can your homeowners association take your home?
Your home may be taken if you are a member of the homeowners association. This was brought to our attention by the Sun City communications Blog.  They link to an posting that is difficult to understand. According to the article: "HOA members are not protected...from the ... HOA right to foreclose on a member’s home." Is this fact?

Oro Valley bond rating stays at "AA-"
Bond rating agency Fitch has affirmed Oro Valley's bond rating of AA-. This is considered to be a good rating. The rating observed that: "Management maintains a solid financial cushion despite recent draws on fund balance for one-time capital projects" and that "Additional operating and capital spending pressures are likely over the intermediate term given recently strengthened economic trends and population expansion through build-out." (Source)

Cheap fees offered at Golf Club at Vistoso
$2 Tuesdays are available at this beautiful course. $2 per hole. That's $36. This is a lot less than Oro Valley Town  El Conquistador Country Club plans to charge per round.

Is it safe to assume that the many private golf clubs in Oro Valley are going to fight for players against the town's offering?

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