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6/30/2013 6:00:00 AM
County officials set to approve $191M budget Monday
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will give tentative approval to a $191 million fiscal year 2013-14 budget at its Monday meeting with a plan to "minimize impact to taxpayers."

The FY 2012-13 budget was for about $205 million total, but the county actually spent $184 million.

"A tentative budget is the maximum amount, by law, you can spend," County Administrator Phil Bourdon said, and "some of the expenditures that didn't occur, are occurring next year," and some were simply cuts.

The board will make up a $4.3 million revenue gap by increasing the primary property tax levy by 7.78 percent, which is the same levy it used in fiscal year 2010-2011. The change will generate $43.1 million in revenue, or $3.6 million more. That means a home valued at $100,000 will have an increase of $13.93 on its tax bill.

But because "the board wanted to see us minimize impact to taxpayers," Bourdon said, it authorized cuts to the Flood Control district and Library districts, so those entities will lower their levies by the same amount.

"They've built in (to their budgets) how they can address" the cuts, Bourdon said.

Bottom line: homeowners will see no change in their property tax bills.

Couple that increase with some internal shifting of other funds, and the budget balances.

Other items the board will hear:

-A plan to move ahead with Phase III of the downtown Prescott county courthouse renovations. The board is expected to approve a $112,700 contract with Otwell Associates Architects.

-A contract for services related to floodplain analysis in the Doce fire burn area ahead of predicted monsoon rains.

-A presentation on "dog-friendly patios" in which Community Health Services will propose a change to the food code to allow

dogs on restaurant patios.

Monday's meeting starts at 9 a.m., at the County Administrative Building Services building, 1015 Fair St. in Prescott, and can be viewed by teleconference at the County Administrative Services Complex in Cottonwood at 10 S. 6th St.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Kat Dream Weaver

There are already several restaurants in the Prescott area with patios that allow your pets to accompany you ! This is nothing new. The dogs that I've encountered at these restaurants have better manners then a lot of the human guests that eat there. So this is nothing to get your tail feathers ruffled over! This has been happening for years.

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2013
Article comment by: Dogs in Restaurants?


It's not enough to have canines on the Square, riding in shopping carts and having their own park. Now they'll have access to eating establishments?

I, for one, will cease to eat at restaurants that allow this third-world practice.

We've become like the Egyptians of old, where animals are more revered than humans.

Shame on the "health" department for even considering this.

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