Clarkdale News Update

Clarkdale property tax hike goes public July 26

CLARKDALE - A public hearing on a proposed property tax hike is scheduled for 3 p.m. July 26 at the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Men's Lounge, 19 N. Ninth St.

If approved, the proposed 2 percent increase in Clarkdale's primary property tax rate would amount to $3.42 on a $100,000 home, going from $169.73 currently to $173.16 if the tax is approved.

"We need that in order to balance the budget. We had local sales tax coming in a little low this year," said Finance Director Kathy Bainbridge, Town of Clarkdale.

"Spec homes don't get taxed until they're sold," she said, referring to new home construction at subdivisions such as Mountain Gate and Crossroads at Mingus. "We've been seeing some construction and hope to see more next year but we can't plan on that."

Bainbridge also cited increases in health insurance and public safety retirement as factors in the $9,991 budget deficit this fiscal year.

- Tom Tracey

Vacancies hit 15 on Clarkdale's boards

CLARKDALE - A total of 15 vacancies currently exist on the Town of Clarkdale's various public boards, with town officials hoping for civic engagement by the Aug. 8 application deadline.

Current vacancies include three positions on the Board of Adjustment; four positions on the Community Services Commission; two positions on the Design Review Board; two positions on the Planning Commission and four positions on the Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board (two of which are civilian).

"Some are vacancies, some are terms expiring," said Town Clerk Mary Ellen Dunn. "I had a couple new people apply and some of our incumbents are re-applying. We usually have enough, but occasionally, we will run with a vacancy."

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals to administrative decisions and variances, as well as interprets zoning district boundaries and permits nonconforming uses. Meanwhile, the Design Review Board sees proposed new buildings, alterations to existing buildings and proposed developments to assure they are compatible with the town. The Planning Commission advises council on long-range plans, including the General Plan and rezoning, as well as conducting an initial review of larger plats.

The Community Services Commission advises council on planning and programming for libraries, parks and recreation. The Public Safety Personnel Retirement Board determines eligibility and service credits, reviews financial reports and issues directions concerning benefits to be paid.

Serving on a board generally involves attending a meeting once a month (except the pension board, which meets once or twice a year). Those interested in serving on a board should e-mail Maryellen.Dunn@clarkdale.az.gov or phone 928-639-2400.

- Tom Tracey

Clarkdale moves ahead with food trucks

During a work session held July 12, Clarkdale Town Council gave the green light for staff to develop an amendment to the Town Code providing guidelines for mobile food vendors.

Mary Ellen Dunn, deputy town clerk, said that, while no formal action was taken by council, the town has received inquiries from existing restaurants interested in expanding their services to mobile-based units. She noted that current town code does not address mobile food vendors. Specifics regarding worker health and food safety regulations would still be administered through the Yavapai County Health Department.

According to the town, a mobile food trailer was approved for Nate's Cowboy Cafe at 1481 W. SR 89A last month because it was connected to an existing permitted use on commercially-zoned private property. The mobile food trailer is setback from the highway in the parking area and serves cold beverages and food items.

- Tom Tracey

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