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(StatePoint) Heating your home can be a costly endeavor. But you don’t have to make your family suffer in shivering silence to save some money. There are plenty of steps you can take to optimize your heating efforts, as well as prep your home for several months of cool weather.
(BPT) - As the temperature drops, your lawn and garden will start settling into a dormant state. As you prep your landscaping and garden for a winter’s slumber, it’s a good idea to review the tools you used all summer. Taking care of this task now will ensure they’re in good shape come spring when it’s time to use them again.
(NAPSI)—Parents who hope to provide their children with a college education may feel overwhelmed by the cost of higher education and reports have stated that only about half those who start college graduate. But rather than giving up, they may want to investigate further, because beneath the headlines lies a more complex reality. What’s more, parents who start saving early—and strategically—can amass a sizable college fund without busting the family budget.
Voters will decide in the November election whether or not to approve a $22.34 million bond to fund upgrades for the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC).
The American dream of homeownership is alive and well, just as it was before the housing crisis hit. Despite the extreme fallout from the Great Recession, people still want a place to call their own. A place where they can raise a family, make memories and live comfortably. And, while purchasing a new home provides tremendous opportunity for families looking to improve their lives, the implications are even greater to the economy as a whole.
Marana Unified School District is going to the voters in November to ask for $125 million in bonds.
Oro Valley has voted and the results are in. A few months ago, I wrote to your paper about sustaining life in Oro Valley when the town board was all for unlimited growth.
The editor in her “We Say” said that she was tempted to write a column during the primary election. This reader wished she had. During the primary there were a number of off the wall statements, and flip-flops by the candidates. Some of the statements by the candidates where Doug Ducey, in the Arizona Daily Star, said he wants to eliminate the personnel and corporate income taxes.
Democrats wanted to make college affordability a big political issue this year almost as much as NBC wanted David Gregory off “Meet the Press.”
(BPT) - Whether welcoming a newborn, adopting a child or becoming a stepparent for the first time, bringing a child into your life means big changes - and a big impact on your finances.
University of Arizona student researchers are now sharing their work in a public, nonacademic forum: on the radio.
The impact of Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale will be viewed heavily through an economic lens, and while many will look at the scoreboard or tax dollars for results Wayne Kostroski will be measuring the outcome by the number of needy people he feeds.
Today Ron Barber invited Martha McSally to join him in two debates in Southern Arizona. One debate will be hosted by the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce and the other by Arizona Public Media, giving Southern Arizonans in both Cochise and Pima Counties, the opportunity to hear straight from the candidates.
Some might say it was the greatest temptation since Eden.
In the Oro Valley primary election, incumbent Mayor Satish Hiremath was reelected over challenger Pat Straney.
Like many Tucsonans, Victoria Steele was moved by the events on January 8, 2011. Unlike most, Steele saw it as a call to action and ran for the State House of Representative, winning a seat in District 9.
An Aug. 18 Board of Supervisors decision means the majority of homeowners in Pima County will see an increase in their property taxes in the new fiscal year.
(BPT) - Hand-planed, reclaimed hardwood floors? Beautiful but pricey. Custom drapery? The cost can be blinding. When it comes to home decorating, it’s easy to blow your budget on one or two upgrades – and maybe that would be OK if those improvements also amped up the drama in your decor. Too often, however, costly decorating ploys disappoint, wearing out or becoming dated before you’ve paid off the financing.
(BPT) - It’s impossible to anticipate what life will throw your way. But still many families spend countless hours considering life’s many “what ifs.” What if we have kids? What if they are not healthy? What if we build a life that requires two salaries to make ends meet? What if we haven’t saved enough for the future? What if something happens to one of us?
In your 20s, you may think you have all the time in the world to save for retirement. It can be tempting to spend your entire paycheck, particularly if you’re entering the workforce and have debt or other spending priorities. This is the time to create the savings behaviors that could boost your retirement readiness in the future.
The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has been actively developing a program to train veterinarians in Arizona and help improve animal and public health. Thanks to a foundational gift of $9 million from the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, the UA will soon be the home of the state's first public veterinary medical and surgical program to train doctors of veterinary medicine.
(NAPSI)—In many parts of the country, last winter’s low temperatures broke long-standing records. In fact, it was so cold that, nearly a year later, some people are still paying off their fuel bills.
Even though the recession took a hard hit to cities throughout Arizona, residents can remain hopeful and optimistic – especially those in the town of Marana.
Like President Obama, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has shown that he will aggressively use his pen and phone to push his agenda. In his July feature, “Understanding transportation spending in Pima County”, Huckelberry penned an article telling us that yet again, he has no real solutions for our atrocious roads and no intention of using general fund money for our desperately needed road repairs. He has used his phone to contact our State legislators to request they raise our gas taxes. He has even sent letters to residents who have complained about the status of their roads, telling them to reprioritize their own spending because they spend too much on their cell phones and too little in gas taxes.