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Town’s Golf Investment priority continues to run “off course.”

Below are the financial statistics for the Community Center and Golf since its inception in May 2015 through the last available financials in November 2018 (four months into the fiscal year). Purchase Price Total – $1,000,000 Total transfers from the General Fund to the Community Center Fund (CCF) FY 2014/15 $1.2 million to start the [...]

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Is It Time For New Town Outside Auditors?

11 years as auditor and counting The town’s current outside audit firm, Heinfeld Meech,  has been auditing the town’s books for 11 years. That’s a long time. Too long, in fact. Not because the firms may or may not have been doing a good job. But because 11 years is just too long a time [...]

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Guest View: Diane Peters ~ The “Art” of Time Management

As you begin reading this article, you might ask yourself…what does this have to do with Oro Valley? Bear with me for a moment and it will become clear. Have you ever been on the Internet, perhaps Facebook, and you’ve clicked on a video that is of interest to you? Maybe it was a heartwarming [...]

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Outside Audit Finds Errors In Town’s 2018 Reported Financial Result

Town financial internal control procedures in question According to an audit report of the Town’s 2018 financial statements, the internal controls surrounding the recording of economic transactions that occur outside the Town of Oro Valley’s finance department have been found to be insufficient. This finding was part of the annual audit report by independent town [...]

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Guest View: Kathryn Hull-Butkus ~ An open letter to the mayor and council

Shelve Main Streets La Canada location I would like to continue my encouragement for the town to shelve Main Streets – La Canada. I will remind everyone that the constituency voted by a large margin for change; not more of the same. I can guarantee you that you will get push back, and if I [...]

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LOVE Is Right! Water Is An Issue… The Water War Is On

Water Is Problem LOVE has been "carping" about water being a strategic issue that Oro Valley must consider. It was not considered as part of the 2016 General Plan because it was simply overlooked. Water is an issue because CAP water is going be restricted.  When will restrictions take place? As soon as 2020. Arizona [...]

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Oro Valley In Pictures: Available Commercial Land

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The Watchdog Report: November 2018

The Town is doing something different with the monthly financials During the Hiremath regime, the financials were always on the Consent Agenda and rarely pulled for discussion. Now, with a new council majority, Town Manager, Mary Jacobs decided that staff will now give a brief presentation of the financials.  This will allow for greater transparency [...]

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Council Member Solomon: Campaign Promises Don’t Matter

Disagreeable Two more years of listening to Council Member Solomon are going to be hard for Oro Valley residents. Solomon is simply disagreeable. He is insulting. How disagreeable? How insulting? Watch last week’s council meeting and listen to his remarks as he discusses appointments to the five Oro Valley commissions. But, if you don’t have time to [...]

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Town Council: New and Old Go "Toe To Toe"

11 faces on 5 Oro Valley commissions The Oro Valley Town Council appointed 11 new members to five of its boards and commissions at last week’s town council meeting. This represents a sea change by bringing fresh insight and energy to Oro Valley’s citizen involved community. Favoritism no more This contrasts sharply with the Hiremath years. During [...]

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