CITY OF TUCSON FLEET NAMED TOP 100 BEST FLEETS IN THE NATION - Government Fleet Magazine has recognized the City of Tucson with the 100 Best Fleets Award for 2013. The award program recognizes and rewards peak performing public sector fleet operations in North America. The program also identifies and encourages ever-increasing levels of performance improvement within the fleet industry. The City of Tucson fleet was acknowledged for its operational efficiency, significant savings and increased fleet availability. Read the City of Tucson news release here.

TUCSON 12 PRESENTS: CAPTAIN AWESOME! - Tucson artist Maloree Renaud and her two-year-old son, Captain Awesome, are on a mission to visit all 127 of Tucsons city parks. Renaud is keeping an online journal with photos of the parks theyve visited, and is creating paintings of some of them, too. Their project, called Playable Parks, can be found on the web at Tucson 12 caught up with Renaud and Captain Awesome last week. From Tucson 12.


CITY OF PHOENIX RECOMMENDED FY14 BUDGET INCREASES BY $12.6M, BOOSTS CITY SERVICES - Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos has proposed a general fund budget of $1.16B for FY14, an increase of about $12.6M over the current fiscal year. The FY14 budget increases or restores previously cut services in several areas, including 18 additional police patrol officers, four firefighters, three paramedics, restoration of five of the city's after-school program sites, and other enhancements. The budget is set for tentative adoption May 21. From the Republic.

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON ADOT FIVE-YEAR PROGRAM WRAPS UP TOMORROW - The public has one more day to submit comments on the Arizona Department of Transportation's 2014-2018 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program. The public comment period is open until the end of the business day on Friday, May 17 to provide community members with a chance to submit their feedback online or by phone. The program is available for public review and comment at ADOT has developed a how to read it guide that is posted on the website and welcomes feedback at A phone line is also available for callers to leave their comments and ask questions: (855) 712-8530.

TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING: NOTICE OF TAX INCREASE - In compliance with A.R.S. §42-17107, the City of Tucson, Arizona, is notifying its property taxpayers of the City of Tucson's intention to raise primary property taxes over last year's level. The City is proposing an increase of primary property taxes of $2,662,460 or 19.5%. All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at or after 5:30 p.m. at the Mayor and Council Chambers in City Hall. Read the City of Tucson news release here.