About Town August E-Newsletter
What is Home Rule and How Does it Impact QC?
Queen Creek voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Home Rule renewal on Aug. 28, 2018.
What is Home Rule?
It is part of the State of Arizona Constitution that restricts the Town’s expenditures based on a state-imposed limitation. The formula takes the Town’s 1979-1980 expenditure level (estimated by the State for Queen Creek since it was not an officially incorporated town until 1989) and multiplies it by a population factor and an inflation factor.
Home Rule is valid for four years, with the previous ballot measure being approved in 2014 (effective through June 30, 2019).
What Home Rule is Not
The state-imposed limitation is not an issue about taxes or revenues, as the Town would already have the revenues. Instead, it limits the ability of cities and towns to spend money. Home Rule is not a new tax. It allows the Town to create a balanced budget and spend revenues collected.
What does it mean?
- A “yes” vote means you are voting for the Home Rule renewal, setting the Town’s budget at the local level adopted by the Town Council, which allows for flexibility and local control to address Town priorities and needs. It means the Town can spend the revenues collected for projects and services as prioritized in the balanced budget.
- A “no” vote means you are voting against the Home Rule renewal, and the Town will be required to operate under the state-imposed budget limitations, which are significantly lower. The state-imposed formula is approximately 25% of the Town’s projected FY 19/20 budget, meaning the Town would have to substantially reduce and eliminate programs and services, despite having the available revenues.
To learn more, visit QueenCreek.org/HomeRule.
MCSO Queen Creek Encourages Motorists to Slow Down
Schools are back in session and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) District 6 Queen Creek reminds the community to Drive to Arrive by slowing down, avoiding distractions and obeying posted signage.
Safety tips for motorists:
- Avoid distractions including cell phones
- Take extra caution in school zones and slow down
- Be alert – children are often unpredictable
- It is illegal to pass a school bus that has its stop sign extended
- Be aware of your surroundings
Safety tips for youth:
- Always walk on a sidewalk and use crosswalks
- Be aware of your surroundings
- Don’t listen to headphones while walking or riding a bike
- Never walk while texting or talking on the phone
- Use the buddy system
- Never cross the street while using an electronic device
If riding a bike:
- Know the traffic rules – cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists
- Ride with the flow of traffic
- Always wear a helmet
Visit QueenCreek.org/DriveToArrive for more information.
Drowning Impact Awareness Month
August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month and the Queen Creek Fire and Medical Department wants residents to stay vigilant. Drowning is preventable and can be avoided by following the ABCDs of water safety: Adult supervision, Barriers between children and water, Classes in CPR for adults and swim lessons for children, and Devices near water including rescue rings, hooks and lifejackets. Learn more.
Know What’s Below Before Digging
Aug. 11 is National 811 Day – the perfect day to remind you to always call before you dig! Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a contractor or homeowner has put safety first and had utility lines identified prior to excavation. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk, but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. The Town and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online using E-Stake to request a utility line locate at least two full working days prior to digging. Be safe…always know what’s below before digging!
Free Water Workshops for Queen Creek Utility Customers
Waterwise Gardening Made Easy – Aug. 11
Take advantage of this timely workshop to get your garden growing in our unique desert environment. You’ll discover the importance and details of soil preparation and how to overcome the challenges of our environment. Taught by a Master Gardener, you’ll learn how to select, plant and care for vegetables / herbs / fruits and citrus for a bountiful harvest.
Right Plant, Right Place – Aug. 25
Some plants do better in our desert environment than others. To keep your yard looking its best, learn how to select and care for plants that thrive well in our desert conditions.
Both workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Historic Town Hall, 22350 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Calling All Vendors – Various Fall Events in Queen Creek
The fall is an exciting time of year for the Town of Queen Creek with a variety of events!
Vendors are invited to participate in the following events:
- Founders' Day, Sept. 22
- Pan de Vida, Oct. 13
- Trunk or Treat, Oct. 20
Fees and deadlines vary; visit QueenCreek.org/SpecialEvents for additional information regarding Town events.
Prevent Hot Loads in Your Trash Cart
Some things don’t mix, specifically in your trash cart. Never place items such as hot ashes (wait for them to cool), motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, paint, varnish, pesticides, pool chemicals, household chemicals, auto batteries, rechargeable NiCad or lithium batteries or liquid cooking oil into your trash or recycling cart. For paint and electronics, the Town offers recycling events throughout the year. Visit QueenCreek.org/RecyclingEvents to find out when the next event is happening. You can also request a FREE voucher to take many of these items to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility. Visit our website at QueenCreek.org/HHW for more information.
Registration for Fall Recreation Classes Now Open
Registration for the Town of Queen Creek’s fall session of recreation classes is now open! “Fall into fun” with an exciting variety of preschool, youth, teen and adult classes ranging from one-day workshops to monthly programs, there is something for everyone.
Visit QueenCreek.org/Recreation to learn more.
Primary Election on Aug. 28
The primary election is on Tuesday, Aug. 28 and will include:
- Three Town Council members
- Home Rule (alternative expenditure limit)
The county recorder is responsible for voter registration records. Contact the recorder's office for voting information, including polling locations and required documentation:
- Maricopa County Recorder/Elections Offices 602-506-3535
- Pinal County Elections Department 520-866-7550
Mansel Carter Oasis Park Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Sept. 1
Join your friends and neighbors for a morning of fun celebrating the grand opening of Mansel Carter Oasis Park! Experience all Queen Creek's 48-acre park has to offer including an inclusive play area with unique features, a shipwreck-themed splash pad, ballfields and courts, exercise course, wheel-friendly skate park and fishing lake. The festivities will begin with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 7:30 a.m. followed by free activities and demonstrations from 8-11 a.m. Learn more about this exciting community amenity at QueenCreek.org/ManselPark.
Queen Creek Unified School District
Want to learn more about Queen Creek Unified School District and how your business can get involved with our high-achieving district? Join us for our upcoming Business Partner Breakfast on Tuesday, August 28. This is your chance to meet district administrators while networking with community members and business owners. Breakfast will be served. Send your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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