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Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega stands to get a $75,000 per-year raise after seven years on the job.

The Tucson City Council is set to vote Tuesday on paying City Manager Mike Ortega $300,000 per year, but the they're being needlessly shifty about it. Plus a plethora of other local government meetings this week. Read more»

Oro Valley may be the first jurisdiction in the Tucson area to take up some regulations on short-term rentals like those secured on Airbnb.

Oro Valley staff will present Town Council members with the option to (maybe) regulate short-term rentals. Violations could carry a punishment of $3,500 or suspension of a license to operate such a business. Read more»

Teacher performance pay is on the agenda for Marana Unified School District's Governing Board.

Marana's proposal would include professional development, student achievement and school quality to give teachers an overall performance grade. If the math were only that easy. Read more»

The Pima County Early Education Program Scholarships were started in 2021. Oro Valley's terms of participation are about to change.

Oro Valley has agreed to a tweak of their deal to take part in Pima County's early childhood education program. Did they get the socialism memo? It's the one from Hugo Chavez's ghost. Read more»

Eviction notices on an apartment window. The Tucson City Council is ready to start evictions in public housing if arrangements with past-due tenants can't be reached.

Tucson city staff will ask for an informal nod to move to start working with 190 families who owe $135,000 in back rent, while local school district budgets are set for adoption after state runs late on its spending plan. Read more»

Sales taxes collected at the point of purchase let governments ride economic booms upward. Unfortunately for school districts, their budgets are largely funded by property taxes, which increase slowly even if housing prices spike.

Sales tax revenues can ride a fiscal rocket during good times. Amphi, Vail and Catalina Foothills schools rely on property tax revenues and miss out on the windfall. Plus more in the Sentinel's roundup of what's on the agendas for local government meetings this week. Read more»

Catalina Foothills voters may be asked to re-up a budget override for schools in November.

Catalina Foothills-area voters are likely going to be in a position to decide whether to continue a 13 percent increase in school funding above the state expenditure limit. Read more»

Sahuarita Town Council members will consider and maybe vote on a replacement for their former colleague Gil Lusk, who resigned earlier this year.

The Sahuarita Town Council has a list of six finalists to choose from, who seem to have a consensus that better community engagement and growth management are key concerns for the community. Read more»

This isn't the image of Marana anymore. It's more than dirt roads with ranches flung about them. It's probably time for the town to be able to budget accordingly.

Marana may have outgrown its constitutional spending limit as it is no longer just some scattered houses in the desert, while Tucson police argue their salaries are no longer competitive. Voters and arbitrators will have the final say. Read more»

Oro Valley is proposing a 5 percent water rate hike to maintain its system and provide for expected growth.

Oro Valley's across-the-board water rate increase was planned but kind of lets big users off the hook, while the South Tucson's game of "Guess where our budget went" is not how to run a city. Read more»

Sahuarita is sitting on a mountain of cash heading into the new fiscal year.

The political world loves "rainy day funds," but Sahaurita's excess cash is borderline insane. Meanwhile, a Tucson Unified School District's audit committee woes are the fault of a community that doesn't want to step up. Read more»

The Catalina Foothills and Tanque Verde school boards will vote on sending ballot questions to voters seeking  more money to operate and invest.

The Tanque Verde and Catalina school district governing boards will vote on a pair of November ballot questions aiming to raise more money. Read more»

Pima County set to hold public hearings on $1.9 billion budget for FY 2022-23.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will hold four budget hearings next Tuesday and Wednesday to go over a proposed $1.9 billion spending plan — complete with a sneaky tax hike — department by department. Read more»

The Tucson City Council will get a first look at a proposed Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget, with a huge surplus.

Tucson's $158 million "fund balance" creates opportunities for the City Council to spend on transportation and public safety priorities. Plus, more in our quick look at what's planned for local government meetings this week. Read more»

The first step to Sahuarita securing its future in water may run through prominent pecan farm.

Sahuarita, which doesn't have its own municipal water utility, wants to control its hydrated future and is taking some interesting steps to reach that promised land. Read more»

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