Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will make its $77.8 million fiscal year 2009-10 budget official Monday, Aug. 17.

The board held its budget hearing Aug. 3 but delayed ratification of the budget until Aug. 17 because of the language on the agenda. Yavapai County District 1 Supervisor Carol Springer noticed the meeting agenda stated the board would approved budgets for special districts for fiscal year 2008-09 instead of FY 2009-10.

yavapai-county-sealCounty Administrator Julie Ayers said notices to the public mentioned the correct fiscal year.

The item appears on the board’s consent agenda for Monday’s meeting.

The board adopted a tentative budget in July setting the budget cap that looked very much the same as the final budget.

“There has not been any significant changes,” Ayers said. As of the Aug. 3 meeting, the state had not adopted a budget meaning county impact was still unknown.

Of the $77.8 million general fund, which pays for county operations, courts and law enforcement is where more than half of the money is spent, according to Ayers. Law enforcement and courts will account for 53 percent of the general fund expenditures.

The majority of the fund’s revenue is generated from property tax, which accounts for 44 percent. State shared sales tax makes up 22 percent and the remaining 44 percent of the fund’s revenue comes from numerous sources including the county’s 1/2-cent sales tax and vehicle licensing fees.

The county’s budget is down 5 percent from FY 2008-09 and Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis said the county may not need all the money.

“It’s not what we’ll necessarily spend,” Davis said. The county is still waiting on state numbers, which could impact spending, but for now, things look alright.

“Today, we feel like we’re in a good position,” Davis said.


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Yavapai County employees may soon enjoy a four-day work week.

New state legislation allows county departments to operate 10 hours a day, four days a week rather than eight hours a day, five days a week, according to Yavapai County Human Resources Director Alan Vigneron.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors asked Vigneron to gather written comments from department heads to help it make a decision.

yavapai-county-sealSome county departments are already using the four-day schedule, Vigneron said, including fleet management and public works, and it could work for others, but not for everyone. Courts, juvenile and adult probation, and the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office would not be able to adjust.

Yavapai County District 1 Supervisor Carol Springer said she would have a problem not allowing all departments to take advantage of the three-day weekend. She proposed collecting comments from each department head on how a four-day schedule would affect them.

“I personally support four-day weeks,” Springer said. They are an extraordinary benefit to employees; however, she does not want to make a decision without department input.

Some departments will be able to alter their operations and some won’t, Yavapai County District 3 Supervisor Chip Davis said. He favors adopting the policy with the stipulation each department must ask the board for approval.

Yavapai County wouldn’t be the first to adopt a four-day work week policy. According to Vigneron, Navajo County currently operates on the altered schedule, which changes office hours to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, rather than 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“There are positives and negatives to doing that,” Vigneron said.

Perks include longer office hours allowing the public to conduct county business before or after work, improved employee morale due to a three-day weekend and energy savings.

The downside is some departments would be closed Fridays, and it could complicate family schedules in terms of child care.

The new legislation also gave the county the option to adjust its holiday schedule. The board unanimously approved giving employees the day after Thanksgiving off rather than Columbus Day.

“I know some employees who wanted us to make this decision after Columbus Day,” Yavapai County District 2 Supervisor Tom Thurman joked.

Vigneron told the board he received very few comments from employees regarding the change, which will go into effect this year.

 

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Yavapai County roads ignored by the state and federal government for their scenic or historic value have a new chance for recognition.

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to establish the Yavapai County Scenic/Historic Route Program at its Monday, April 20, meeting.

Ninety-six servings of food were prepared by the Verde Valley School kitchen staff and delivered to the soup kitchen at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in West Sedona last week.

VVS students Nam Pham, Katja Beisheim, Ali Maricich and Lainie Benedict delivered the food along with Dale Domingue, a supervisor and wife of headmaster Paul Domingue.

Every year, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials honors emergency dispatchers during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, April 12 through 18.

Sedona’s Public Safety Answering Point is one of only two in the country run by the fire department instead of the police department.

That means any 9-1-1 call coming in from the area automatically goes to Sedona Fire District’s regional communication center in Uptown. Since the center dispatches for 12 other fire and medical agencies, SFD’s dispatch receives calls from almost 100 miles of Interstate 17.

April is here and the surrounding landscape is beginning its spring display of wildflowers. According to one of Sedona’s wildflower enthusiasts, the season is a little slow starting this year, but several wildflowers may be found while hiking some of the local trails or even driving along the highways. Some of the most prevalent to watch for are Eaton penstemon, blackfoot daisy, Gooding’s verbena, desert marigold and desert paintbrush, according to a press release.

Coconino County’s Board of Supervisors voted to quarantine house pets in and around Flagstaff after more than 20 wild animals tested positive for rabies in the area during the last six months, the Coconino County Health Department reported.

The quarantine, which could last as long as 90 days, restricts the movement of dogs and cats, prohibits feeding and interacting with area wildlife and forbids pet owners from leaving pet food outside after sundown. Compost bins and piles must be completely enclosed, the county reported.

Sedona City Council approved to pay its next possible city manager more than its last.

On Monday, April 6, council approved, 7-0, a contract for the city manager from Bullhead City, Tim Ernster, to become Sedona’s new city manager for a base salary of $167,500.

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