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Friday, October 20, 2017

Prescott City Council to consider suspending impact fees

The Prescott City Council will consider putting a moratorium on impact fees for new construction on single family homes and duplexes. The idea came during a meeting of the council's Finance Committee on Tuesday which dealt with the city's 2018 budget.

The proposal came up as a way to spur new housing construction in the city.

City Finance Director Vanessa Norby estimates that the budget proposals for the various city departments and other expenditures will raise the tax levy by 0.35 percent.

The Finance Committee will meet again on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Congressman Kind Announces Plan to Protect & Conserve Mississippi River

WASHINGTON D.C. Today, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind unveiled a comprehensive protection plan developed with a River Advisory Council to address concerns and protect the Mississippi River for future generations. 
 
“The Mississippi River is vital to the health of the environment and our local economy. After working with my River Advisory Council I am proud to unveil a plan that will protect the Mississippi for future generations,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “Given that the river has a total economic impact of over $580 billion and supports thousands of jobs we need to take proactive steps to protect the river by building better infrastructure and enacting smarter policies.”
Rep. Kind’s Mississippi River Protection Plan consists of four main components:
  • Creating jobs by supporting recreation, tourism and navigation
  • Maintaining Railroad Safety
  • Supporting the Upper Mississippi River Restoration Program
  • Promoting Conservation in the Farm Bill
Read the full plan here.
Rep. Kind is the founder and co-chair of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Task Force, as well as a co-chair of the Congressional Mississippi River Caucus and the Congressional Wildlife Refuge Caucus. His work with these groups has made Mississippi River protection an essential part of his work in Congress. 

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