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It is tough for the group who worked diligently for weeks to find out in heartbreaking fashion that thousands of signatures were thrown out on a technicality. Needing just over 1,100 signatures, the group trying to get the council’s approved purchase of a $1 million golf course, and let’s not forget the coveted community center, overturned by voters in a special election turned in more than 3,100 signatures.
The Town of Oro Valley is at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to purchase 324 acres of land in the heart of our community, a 31,475-square-foot building which could be converted into a community and recreation center, 31 tennis courts, 45 holes of golf and two swimming pools, all for $1 million in cash over a three-year period.
Opponents of the Town of Oro Valley’s decision to buy the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities are suing the town clerk for rejecting the petition they filed to send the purchase to the ballot.
Tax season is here, and that means like any year, Tax– particularly those filing without the help of a professional – will be exposed to a number of complexities when filing before the April 15 deadline.
I wonder if any of the readers in Oro Valley were paying attention to Gov. Ducey’s State of the State speech? One of the things that really jumped out at me was the fact the State has uncollected sales taxes of 300 Mil. from usinesses. But when it comes to making sure everyone pays his fair share, Ducey’s is of two minds. John Arnold the governor’s budget director said”Ducey doesn’t want to hire more auditors to go out and check the books of businesses to ensure they are collecting and remitting what is due”.
Organizers of the referendum petition drive that could reverse the Town of Oro Valley’s planned purchase of the El Conquistador country club and golf courses handed the town clerk more than 3,000 signatures Thursday.
(BPT) - Men and women are not the same when it comes to retirement planning. Consider this: A husband and a wife of the same age, earning the same salary and looking to retire during the same year need to account for different factors in retirement planning. This is true even if they share a household, hold joint responsibility for their finances and equally contribute to the amount of incoming funds.
On Dec.17, the mayor, with the votes from three other Oro Valley Council Members passed an Ordinance and a Resolution to raise our sales tax and to buy the El Conquistador Country Club facility, including three golf courses for $1,000,000. This was done without Voter Approval.
Making a list of resolutions is as much a part of some people’s New Year’s traditions as watching the ball drop at midnight. We set goals to exercise more, eat less and eliminate unhealthy habits. Unfortunately, nearly 80 percent of those who to make resolutions fail to keep them – particularly promises that involve quitting or giving up something, according to psychologists.
There is a lot written about the cost the Town might incur with the proposed purchase of the El Conquistador Club. One thing I believe is overlooked is that golf is a sport, much like baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, archery, swimming and lacrosse. The Town currently funds the upkeep and maintenance of numerous sports activities/facilities at a cost to the residents and those who use the facilities. Why should golf be any different? Golf is an excellent recreational sport for all ages, whether you are young and interested in an individual oriented sport or older and looking for exercise and companionship.
In the wake of the Marana Town Council’s 6-1 vote favoring a half-cent sales tax increase for the construction of a new police facility – a measure widely supported by community members – town officials will next seek bids to complete architectural and schematics plans for the project, which is anticipated for completion in the latter part of 2016.
The Town of Sahuarita was recently recognized at the Metropolitan Pima Alliance’s (MPA) 10th annual Common Ground Awards Ceremony for the successful Sahuarita Road Improvement Project.
On Dec.17, the mayor, with the votes from three other Oro Valley Council members passed an ordinance and a resolution to raise our sales tax and to buy the El Conquistador Country Club facility, including three golf courses for $1,000,000. This was done without voter approval.
In the wake of the Marana Town Council’s 6-1 vote favoring a half-cent sales tax increase for the construction of a new police facility – a measure widely supported by community members – town officials will next seek bids to complete architectural and schematic plans for the project, which is anticipated for completion in the latter part of 2016.
Forcing more than 4000 Sun City residents to subsidize a new and unfairly competing golf operation in our community is unfair.
The El Conquistador golf courses and environs could potentially have seen some redevelopment had a private buyer have stepped in instead of the Town of Oro Valley— but the town’s zoning shows there’d be hoops to jump through, and a key line in the property’s appraisal shows that redevelopment of at least some the fairways wouldn’t be legal.
From the back of a packed Oro Valley Town Council chambers, near the doors ordered open by the town fire marshal, one of the many skeptics of the town’s proposal to purchase the Hilton El Conquistador’s country club couldn’t contain his irritation.
I was very disappointed to discover that a small group of citizens is planning a legal move to block the Oro Valley acquisition of the El Conquistador Country Club (ECCC) property, which jeopardizes a much-wanted community center. Sadly there is also a group of Sun City residents who have joined in. This group is only concerned with their own interests and not the greater good of Oro Valley.
Oro Valley residents who oppose the Town Council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities for a town community center have filed an application for a referendum petition, potentially allowing local voters to ultimately decide.
A split Oro Valley Town Council voted to move ahead with negotiations to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses for a municipal community center Wednesday.
(BPT) - Small business owners can easily get caught up in the December rush. But once the holiday sparkle fades, business owners and entrepreneurs will need to refocus and make decisions likely to impact their business in 2015.
The Oro Valley Town Council will vote tonight (Dec. 17) on whether to purchase the golf and other recreational amenities of the El Conquistador resort, spending $1 million to acquire the property and committing to a half-cent sales tax increase for improvements and its continued operations.