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Yavapai County’s overall budget is going up, but the tax rate is going down.

The budget will be nearly $228 million in the 2018 budget, which will be adopted in August. The budget is scheduled for tentative approval on Wednesday, July 5, in Prescott.

Building a new home in unincorporated Yavapai County comes with a cost many aren’t aware of when they begin planning: A geotechnical engineering report.

The report is mandated by Yavapai County and can range from around $1,000 to $3,000. Factors such as site topography, travel distance and more affect the cost. Wait time for results to be returned also varies, but can be six weeks, depending on demand.

In cooperation with the Cornville Historical Society, the U. S. Postal Service will offer a special pictorial postmark at the dedication of the restored Cornville Post Office on Saturday, June 24. A special “Cornville Dedication Station” postmark was designed by the Society and approved for use by the Postal Service, with help from local postmaster John Rachel.

The property that once held the Cuban Queen has sold.

Jerome Planning and Zoning approved the sale, which will be zoned commercial. Zoning Administrator Kyle Dabney said at the town’s June 14 meeting the plans for the lot are still being drafted, but that it seemed the historic property would be rebuilt, after being blown down in a recent storm, with a plaque denoting changes made from the original. Its use is not yet known.

According to three of the Verde Valley’s city and town managers, allocation of fees from the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund are having a direct negative effect on transportation infrastructure construction and maintenance.

HURF fees are generated through motor fuel taxes and “fees and charges relating to the registration and operation of motor vehicles on the public highways of the state,” according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. “These collections include gasoline and use-fuel taxes, motor-carrier taxes, vehicle-license taxes, motor vehicle registration fees and other miscellaneous fees.”

A wildland fire started within two hours of the announcement of fire restrictions on national forest land by Yavapai County, the Prescott and Coconino national forests, the city of Cottonwood and Verde Valley Fire District.

VVFD was dispatched at 9:17 a.m. Thursday, June 1, to State Route 89A milepost 359, between Cottonwood and Page Springs Road, south of Oak Creek Road. Crews stopped the spread of the fire within 15 minutes of arriving and was completely extinguished with assistance from Sedona Fire District, Prescott forest rangers and Arizona Department of Transportation.

If you’re walking around Cottonwood or Camp Verde and you come across a K-9 officer and his four-legged partner, feel free to ask if you can pet him or her.

The dog, that is.

Ever wanted to know what firefighters do besides help civilians and putting out fires? I decided to spend the day with the men of Verde Valley Fire District Station 31 to know what really goes on when they aren’t out risking their lives for citizens.

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