RIO NUEVO AUDIT: DISTRICT IN BETTER POSITION, BUT NEEDS STRATEGIC VISION - The Arizona Auditor General's office has released a new performance audit of the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District. The audit, conducted by Johnson Consulting of Chicago, reports "significant improvement" in the performance of the district, citing changes made to address statutory compliance recommendations from the prior audit, and the settlement of significant legal disputes with the City and other parties. The auditors said some areas of non-compliance remained, but called these "fairly minor." Concern was expressed over what auditors called "the District's current procedural inability to accurately monitor tax collections," and that this "can be addressed administratively, but may possibly require a legislative modification." The report concludes that Rio Nuevo cannot address the capital needs of the TCC as currently structured. It has the option of keeping its overhead low and using the district's remaining life to make limited improvements. But making the TCC a nationally competitive convention facility and a catalyst for overall District success will require a comprehensive strategic plan. From the Arizona Auditor General (84-page PDF).
NEW STARTING POINT FOR ALL SOULS PROCESSION - The All Souls Procession will start in a new spot this year, just south of the intersection of North Sixth Avenue and East Sixth Street, the same block that houses Exo Roast Co., Miller's Surplus and Tap & Bottle. The annual procession, now in its 24th year, has been forced to shift its route around in recent years, primarily due to ongoing development downtown and Modern Streetcar construction. Last year, the event started on the East Toole Avenue side of Hotel Congress. The procession will begin Sunday at 6 p.m. From the Star.
FIREFIGHTERS' CHILI COOK-OFF TOMORROW - Tucson Firefighters Association Local 479 will host its annual Chili Cook-Off from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at El Presidio Park, next to City Hall. Proceeds benefit the agencys Adopt-a-Family Program, which provides food boxes, basic necessities, clothing and gifts to families in need. Many families aided by the program are referred and others are adopted by firefighters who see the need when they go to residences on calls. Last year the group raised $60,000 at the cook-off. Chili, made by firefighters, sells for $2 a cup, and other food is available for purchase. From the Star.
SATURDAY: "PRESIDIO WALLS TALK," A CELEBRATION FOR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS - Tucson Parks and Recreation Department and Presidio San Agustín del Tucson invite you to join us for "The Presidio Walls Talk," a celebration for Dia de Los Muertos. This event will feature altars, reenactments of the life of early Tucson, Puppet Theater: La Llorona by Maki Maki Theater, levitation performance by Special Head, Danza Azteca Calpulli Tonantzin, hula hoops with lights, a fortune teller, art exhibit, art raffle by Mel Dominguez and Carolyn King, childrens activities, and more.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: BUDGET ADMINISTRATOR - The City of Tucson is seeking a Budget Administrator for the Office of Budget and Internal Audit. This key position will assist the Program Director in the planning and oversight of the City's operating and capital budgets. The City of Tucson's FY 2014 budget is $1.3 Billion. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of principles and practices of municipal accounting and budgeting with five (5) years relevant supervisory experience. Interested candidates should possess a Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related field. Highly desirable would be a candidate with a Master's Degree in Public or Business Administration; a Certified Public Accountant; or a Certified Governmental Financial Manager.