1. The city began the year searching for a new City Manager.
“After six years with the City, Michael Lamar resigned his position to pursue other opportunities. His last day will be February 14, 2023. We thank Michael for his service to the City and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
2. Effective Jan. 1, the City of Prescott’s transaction privilege (sales) tax rate has decreased from 2.75% to 2%.
“The combined tax rate (state, county and city) for Prescott will decrease from 9.10% to 8.35%. The Prescott City Council voted on Oct. 11, 2022, to adopt Ordinance No. 2022-1801 eliminating the 0.75% transaction privilege tax dedicated to paying down the City’s unfunded liability in
the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement
3. The City will continue protecting the land around the airport from encroachment by residential development.
“We will work with the entitled property owners to make sure there is an appropriate buffer around the airport, keeping future homes out of crash impact zones and out of intense aircraft noise contour areas.
“The work we do now will benefit the entire Prescott region, especially those who use our air service, as well as the airport operations for years to come.”
4. Public safety infrastructure must expand.
“Our first responders have done an admirable job keeping up with the increased demands of our growing population. However, it’s time to invest in this growing demand. City Council will work with our public safety leadership to identify areas for new stations so our citizens can continue to enjoy a consistently high quality of service as our city continues
5. The City of Prescott and the entire region has a special opportunity to expand
open space and preserving thousands of acres for recreational use.
“The City is working with several partners including Yavapai County and Prescott Valley, and in coordination with Arizona State Parks and with assistance from the Governor’s Office, to acquire a combined 3,200 acres on and around Glassford Hill.
“This land will be acquired in pieces, with each partner purchasing a number of acres. Thanks to a grant from the Governor’s office, some of the land purchase costs will be offset. However, there is much more work to do in the coming year to assure this open space is available to benefit generations to come.”
More information at PrescottChamber/Facebook.com, www.prescott.org and 928.445.2000.