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Briefs Editor   Frosty Taylor    repcomm@cox.net
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Tuesday, June 23 

·       Citizens for Fair Taxation (CFFT) or Taxpayers Against Pinal County tax increases will meet at 4 pm., June 24 at the MountainView Club House, Ballroom at HOA#2 38759 Mountain View Blvd, SaddleBrooke, AZ. to discuss recalling four board members – Districts 1 , 3, 4, and 5 and to fight off the the Central Arizona College Board of Governors (CAC) May 19, 2015 vote to raise homeowners tax rate for the college district by 45.4 %.  More Recently, On June 9, 2015, The CAC voted to raise their tax rate by just 20 percent instead of the previous 45.4 percent. Contact:   Neil MacDonald 825 4361

·        A Public Hearing On The Tax Increase is scheduled at 9:30 am, June 24 in the Pinal County Board of Supervisors’ Hearing Room located at Pinal County Administrative Complex, 135 North Pinal Street, Florence, Arizona. In compliance with Section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, Pinal County is notifying its property taxpayers of Pinal County’s intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year’s level.

·       A group of Citizens For Fair Taxation met at 6 pm., this evening at the  oliday Inn in Florence to protest the local tax increases. Protest petitions were also made available.

·       LD17 Will Meet at 7 pm, Tues., June 30 at the Tri-City Baptist Church Seminary Building, (south side of parking lot), 2211 W. Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286 to hear Senate President Andy Biggs address “The Con of the Con Con” – The Case Against the States Amending the U.S. Constitution.

·       Congressman Matt Salmon will receive an award from Heritage Action in his district office, 207 N Gilbert Road #209, Gilbert at 2:30 pm., July 20 for his dedications to the continuous grassroots fight for conservative principles. See  Heritage Action Sentinel Award

·       Judicial Watch Will Host A Press Conference at the National Press Club on Wed, June 24 to announce a new federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of congressional districts in Maryland. The lawsuit will propose a straightforward method to allow courts to prevent politicians of any party from drawing legislative districts that dilute the power of voters and arbitrarily divide communities. Watch it live: www.judicialwatch.org/live

·       The Word Is Out That Justice Rebecca White Berch will be retiring in the Fall. She has been on the bench for 13 years since former Gov Jane Hull appointed her when Berch was on staff at the Attorney General’s office.

·       The  Lincoln Republican Women’s Club  will host Congressman David Schweikert as he gives a congressional update at 6 pm. dinner meeting, Mon. ,June 29 at the New McCormick ‘Millennium’  Resort,  Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch,  7401 N Scottsdale Road,  Scottsdale, AZ. Spouses invited. $35 per person.  Reservations required by June 25. Contact: Judy Eisenhower, 480-941-8162  egiaz@cox.net

·       Congresswoman Martha McSally and U.S. Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake introduced in the House and Senate, respectively, the Sonoran Corridor Interstate Development Act of 2015, legislation that would designate the Sonoran Corridor Interstate and connect Interstate-19 to Interstate-10 south of the Tucson International Airport. To view bill text, click here.

·       The Arizona State Library Division Of The Secretary Of State’s Office is urging children to participate in t he “Read On Arizona” program by reading at least 20 minutes per day during the summer to prevent  loss of reading skills aka “summer slide” during the summer break. “If students retain their reading level over summer break, teachers may spend less time reviewing skills and more time teaching,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan, whose office oversees the State Library. The State Library supports summer reading throughout the state to help students retain their skills during summer break. To motivate students, libraries statewide are hosting summer reading programs. If going to the library doesn’t fit into your schedule, many libraries have free eBook lending programs or try www.ReadingArizona.org.  See www.azlibrary.gov (602) 926-4035One program many libraries participate in allows readers of all ages to log their minutes read online at www.azsummerreading.org. Participants in the program may earn virtual badges by reading a certain number of minutes or from a particular book list.

·       Congressman Matt Salmon will speak to the AZ Red Mountain Patriots at 7 pm., Wed., July 1 at East Valley High School.

·       Thursday Evening, June 25, The Gilbert Town Council will be voting on a possible tax rate increase on your property taxes and a wellness center proposal.  The taxappears as agenda item #35. The wellness center if item #35a. The tax is in addition to the override and bond from the Gilbert School Board that will be on the ballot in November.# 35. BUDGET - conduct hearing and consider adoption of an Ordinance setting the Secondary Property Tax Levy for FY2015-16 at $21,221,243 to partially meet the current debt service requirements of the Town; the remaining debt service to be paid from fund balance. The second item 35A. HUMAN SERVICES – consider approval of: a) the Gilbert Wellness & Resource Center Proposal; andb) an Amendment to the 2015-2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Five year Consolidated Plan to Renovate Page Park Center for the Center operations. See https://general.gilbertaz.gov/townhall/boards/council/062515regular.pdf

·       LDl2 2nd Vice Chair Patrick O’Malley:  Thursday evening (June 25), the Gilbert Town Council will be voting on a possible tax rate increase on your secondary property taxes. This possible rate increase is to cover the debt service on previous voter approved debt. The last annual bill Gilbert had to pay on the debt was $19.5 million. The next annual bill will be $21.2 million. The increase in the payment is not because of new debt, and is not a surprise.
There is a proposal to increase the secondary property tax rate from 1.07% to 1.15%. This includes using a staff selected amount of $1.6 million from the existing fund balance to reach the $21.2 million total needed. 
Another option was also put forward to use $3.3 million of the existing fund balance to pay the increase in the required amount this year. If this option was taken there would not be an increase in the tax rate or the amount levied.
Gilbert has an existing fund balance of $8.7million which could be used to help cover the difference between the current levy and the proposed levy. This fund can only be used to cover payments on debt service payments and for no other purposes. These debt obligations are for previous voter approved debt.The spike in the amount due this year to the lender was expected and per contract. The lender is allowed to vary the amount due each year under the contract with the Town of Gilbert.
The Debt obligations for 2017- 2023 will be under $18 million per year for each of these years. In 2023 all of the existing voter approved debt will be paid in full.
A few years ago the AZ Legislature passed a bill that limits local municipalities from raising the tax levy rates to collect more than their current liabilities and a small contingency.  This prevents any future accrual of funds in this type of account. 

·       Contact Gilbert Council Members as a group @CouncilMembers@gilbertaz.gov 
Or individually at :
Mayor John Lewis -
mayor@gilbertaz.gov
Vice Mayor Jordan Ray -
Jordan.Ray@gilbertaz.gov
Eddie Cook - Eddie.Cook@gilbertaz.gov
Jenn Daniels - Jenn.Daniels@gilbertaz.gov
Victor Petersen - Victor.Petersen@gilbertaz.gov
Brigette Peterson - Brigette.Peterson@gilbertaz.gov
Jared Taylor - Jared.Taylor@gilbertaz.gov
 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS .

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24
·        Pima County Republicans are sponsoring an organizational meeting of  “iConnectAmerica - Taking Back Our Republic, One Neighborhood At A Time”  meeting at 6 pm., June 24 for a no host dinner at the Cow Palace, 28802 S Nogales Hwy, Amado, AZ 85645 . Contact: Yale Wishnick, Pima County First Vice Chair 520- 398-8000 ywishnick@gmail.com 

·        The Estrella Conservative Republican Club and LD4 will hold their monthly meeting  at 7pm, June 24 at the Estrella Foothills High School. The guest speaker will be Arizona State Treasurer Jeff DeWit . Contact: Richard Newcomer rln2011@msn.com

THURSDAY JUNE 25
·        U.S. Patent Trademark Office (USPTO) Managing Attorney Craig Morris is appearing in Phoenix 3 p.m., June 25, at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives Building to talk about trademark basics.  Free admission. Limited seating. www.azlibrary.gov/events. For more information, contact the State Library of Arizona at research@azlibrary.gov or 602-926-3870.

·        Pima County Republican Women will meet at 5:30 pm. Thurs., June 25 at La Paloma Country Club, (not the resort) 3660 E Sunrise Dr., Tucson, to hear three Tucson City Council candidates. $25 per plate. Contact Wendy Reuter at 548-1323. Contact: hq@pimagop.org  (520) 321-1492.

SATURDAY JUNE 27
·        A Re-Election Reception For Congressman Paul Gosar is scheduled between 3-5 pm., Sat., June 27 at the Double Tree by Hilton, 1175 W Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001.  RSVP:  Leslie.R.Foti@gmail.com   Contribution: $200 suggested  ($5,200 per person maximum for Congressional elections). Checks payble to Paul Gosar for Congress, PO Box 2967,  Prescott, AZ 86302.

·        The Tempe Republican Women Luncheon with Gov. Doug Ducey has been rescheduled to 11 am, June 27 at the Tempe Sheraton, 1600 S 52nd St., Tempe. Guest admission is $50, which includes a plated lunch and a Free membership to Tempe Republican Women. RSVP:june-13th-2015-luncheon-wdoug-ducey  AzGuns of Chandler has donated a gun to be raffled at the luncheon. Raffle tickets $5 each.

MONDAY JUNE 29
·        The Lincoln Republican Women’s Club will meet Mon, June 29 with Congressman David Schweikert to hear him address “Making Cents out of Politics” at the New McCormick/”Millennium” Resort, Scottsdale-McCormick Ranch, 7401 North Scottsdale Road,  Scottsdale, AZ  85253-3548  (Between E. Cheney and E. McCormick Rds on the East side  of Scottsdale Road). Spouses invited 5:30 pm – meet and greet, 6 pm – business meeting, 6:20 pm – dinner  and 6:45 pm program.  $35 per person.  Reservations required by June 25 to Judy Eisenhower,   egiaz@cox.net

JUNE 30
·        LD17 Will Meet at 7 pm, June 30 to discuss existing county bylaws and make recommendations for the county committee to considering reviewing the current county bylaws. Speaker for the meeting will be State Sen President Andy Biggs. LD17 will not meet in July, Meetings will resume Aug 25. Meeting locations: Tri-City Baptist Church Seminary Bldg, 2211 W Germann Road, Chandler, AZ 85286.

THURSDAY, JULY 2
·        The Colorado River Tea Party – Yuma will feature LD13 Rep Darin Mitchell at 6 pm., Thurs., July 2 in the Community Chritian Church,6480 E Hwy 95, Yuma. Contact: Chr Sally Kizer coloradoriverteaparty@reagan.com   928-210-1219  www.coloradoriverteaparty.org

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