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AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: BUDGET PRESENTATION ON FUNDS OTHER THAN GENERAL FUND - An hour is set aside on today's M&C Study Session agenda for a presentation from staff on financial planning for funds other than the General Fund. These include the City's Self-Insurance and Golf funds, both of which are in deficit positions, as well as the HURF and ParkWise funds, which staff say are on track for future deficits if corrective action is not taken. Download the presentation here, M&C memo on this item here.
PAG'S NEW DOWNTOWN OFFICES TO COST MORE THAN ESTIMATED - Tenant improvement expenses on new office space for the Pima Association of Governments have resulted in a more expensive lease than what the agency's board originally expected. From today's Star.
STITELER ASKS RIO NUEVO DISTRICT TO CONTRIBUTE $2.5M FOR DOWNTOWN HOTEL PROJECT - Downtown property developer Scott Stiteler is asking the Rio Nuevo board for $2.5M in tax abatement on a 135-room, six-story hotel planned for a lot on Fifth Ave. just north of Congress St. Stiteler is also seeking property tax abatement for the hotel project, through the City's GPLET program. Read the story from today's Star here. Read Tucson Urban's application for COT incentives on the 5th/Congress project here.
NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS PUSH FOR TOUGHER CODES - At least a dozen neighborhood association leaders attended a public meeting last night to weigh in on proposed changes to the City's Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance, which contains restrictions on types of vehicles that can be stored in yards, and the number of yard sales that can be held per year. Story from KOLD/KMSB.
DM TRANING EXERCISE STARTS TODAY FOR U.S. MILITARY HELICOPTERS - Today through next Wednesday, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will host six CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters from Marine Heavylift Helicopter Squadron 465 out of the Marine Corps Air Station at Miramar, Calif. The Super Stallions and their crews are here to conduct training in nearby desert mountain terrain, in preparation for overseas deployments. The Super Stallion is the largest helicopter in the U.S. military inventory. In today's Star.