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5/21/2014 1:24:00 PM
$13.5 million water, sewer bond gets Council go-ahead
With a can of roofing tar from his truck, Mayor Chris Marley jokes that he is ready for an old-fashioned tar and feathering by angry citizens over asking for a property tax to pay for a proposed $13.5 million bond.
Review/Salina 
Sialega
With a can of roofing tar from his truck, Mayor Chris Marley jokes that he is ready for an old-fashioned tar and feathering by angry citizens over asking for a property tax to pay for a proposed $13.5 million bond.
Review/Salina Sialega
Salina Sialega
Chino Valley Review

Chino Valley Mayor Chris Marley joked about having a gallon of roofing tar in his truck during the May 13 Chino Valley Town Council meeting in case upset citizens wanted to "tar and feather" him after a bond vote that night.

"A citizen told me if I ever spoke about property taxes, I'd get tarred and feathered, so I thought I'd get ahead of the curve and bring my own tar," he said. "I believe this is a responsible way to hit the restart button on our town and give us a good chance for a future," Marley said of the bond benefits during the Mayor's report early in the meeting. He pointed out that he wanted to show support of the bond before the council discussed and voted to place it on the election ballot later in the meeting.

The council unanimously voted to take the next step in procuring a $13.5 million general obligation bond to pay for three water and sewer projects they believe will lower utility bills, triple fire protection, reduce operating costs of the Town wastewater treatment plant, provide more money for road repair, and draw more businesses to Chino Valley by extending Town water lines between Road 2 North and Road 3 North.

A temporary annual property tax will pay for the bond, based on the value of each resident's property, and ranging from $30 to $220 per year, with the average resident's taxes going up about $115 a year.

"I realize that an additional tax burden is asking a lot of residents," Marley said, "but at the end of the day, I believe this is a small price to pay for a dramatic increase in the economic health of our community."

The Town hopes to have the bond resolution placed on the Nov. 4 election ballot for voter approval. The ballot wording is due in August, written by "bond counsel" or specialized attorneys.

In addition to paying for the water line extension construction, the bond will also be used to buy existing two water distribution systems in Chino Valley from the City of Prescott and the Wilhoit Water Company, and to acquire the operations of the Town's wastewater treatment plant from Fann, which currently operates the plant.

Gary Warren, chair of the State Route 89 Utility Project Citizen Committee, reported on the eight-member committee's recommendation to the council regarding the proposed bond.

Warren compared the committee's work on this recommendation to its recommendation last year for a $9.5 million bond. He said the last recommendation involved a larger area for water and sewer expansion, from Road 3 North south to at least Center Street or further south, if possible. The new committee, he said, focused on more aspects involving costs to homeowners and business owners, and on a smaller area for water and sewer expansion (only between Road 2 North to Road 3 North).

"The committee again still feels that this (bond) needs to go before voters and let them choose their destiny in the town," Warren said. Three committee members also attended the meeting.

The committee, Warren said, had concerns about charging water and sewer customers both the hook-up fee and the additional tax from the bond, and voted 7-0 to have the council decide, which he said was within its authority, such as waive the hook-up fee or limit them, to make it "fair to all."

Vice Mayor Darryl Croft said citizens have the choice, via the bond question, to have a town of "progress and planned growth or a community at a standstill and resulting economic stupor."

No citizens made comments on the bond measure.

Town Manager Robert Smith said the committee went "above and beyond the call of duty" to get through a large amount of detailed information to be able to have a bond report ready for the meeting.

In other council business, members voted to:

• have Town staff apply for funds to repair owner-occupied housing for low- to moderate-income households in town. The purpose of the program is to repair code issues, such as faulty wiring and plumbing, leaking roofs, and replace obsolete mechanical systems. People who meet income and other requirements may be eligible for assistance in repairing their homes. To apply in person, go to the Development Services Department at 1982 Voss Drive, #203 in Chino Valley, or download an application at www.chinoaz.net. Call 636-4427 for more information.

• after a short public hearing, the council adopted Chino Valley's General Plan, the result of two year's work by a citizen committee which reviewed updates and revisions to the plan in the areas of land use, circulation/transportation, open space/recreation, water resources/environment, cost of development and economic development and considerations for creating a "sense of place" in Chino Valley, including new commercial construction. Planning Consultant Dava Hoffman gave the report.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014
Article comment by: yabba dabba doo

Yeah, we get it Wilma. You are a Town employee with a stake in whether this thing passes or not.
So lets add it up, this Bond: "will lower utility bills, triple fire protection, reduce operating costs of the Town wastewater treatment plant, provide more money for road repair, draw more businesses to Chino Valley" and provide "a dramatic increase in the economic health of our community."
That is a whole lot of sunshine. The only thing missing was "a chicken in every pot".
I wonder if buying the City water system also means buying the city's obligations to provide water via the intergovernmental agreement with the irrigation district? Does it buy the City production wells and the water rights being pumped? If not it is still a long ways from being a cheaper solution to those receiving the water. Extending water lines is the least of the worries considering the sewer is the big deal when it comes to the remedies proposed. Water is nothing but a cash cow for the Town.

If you want change then it must first come from within the Town administration and staff who have notoriously stifled growth with their egos. The politicians don't really matter, they are all essentially bobble heads that move which ever direction staff wants.


Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014
Article comment by: Rodeo George

Let me be the second to cast the NO vote.

Even IF the sewer lines are extended into neighborhoods that are currently on septic, I'll bet the cost to connect to the sewer system will be astronomical!

My feelings are that the Town of Chino has problems managing what they already have, and want to take on another large project that will I'm sure require "additional funding" for management down stream.


Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014
Article comment by: Wilma Flintstone

Chino's been smart, alright. Sold its water rights to Prescott, who now charges Chino residents 30% more for water, locks fire hydrants and doesn't pressurize them for the fire department. Finances the wastewater treatment plant on the backs of the poor, and fights the KOA tooth and nail. Do you know what the KOA is now? A pot farm. Is that what you want for this town? The medical marijuana grow capital of the west?

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Article comment by: Craig A.

hahaha.... Gary Warren wants this to be "fair to all"..... yet ONLY current property owners pay for this "temporary" tax??? These are the very residents who have already PAID to figure out their current water and sewage needs! There's a lot of FAIR talk going on in our Country right now, "Everybody gets a FAIR shot", seems to be the LIBERAL message slammed down our throats around every corner. Chino has proven to be smarter than this. Looking forward to another beat down of additional taxation... but I'm sure the plan is to keep coming at us requesting more and more until finally....

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Article comment by: GONE FISHING

WELL Mr MAYOR LET ME BE THE FIRST TO CAST MY VOTE ON THE CITY'S NEW DEBOCKLE. THIS SMELLS WORSE THAN THE KOA DEAL GONE BAD. MY BALLOT WILL HAVE A NO TO TO WAIST OF TAX PAYER MONEY.
WE LIVE ABOUT 2 MILES WEST OF HWY 89 AND I JUST DON'T SEE HOW YOUR WATER AND SEWER LINE @ AN INCREASE OF APX.
$ 200.00 IN TAXES WILL IMPROVE MY WAY OF LIVING.. WHAT IF THEY DON'T COME ? THEN WHAT JUST LIKE KOA




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