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The city of Buckeye is holding a public hearing at their regularly scheduled City Council meeting, June 20th at 6 p.m., to provide an opportunity for residents to comment on a PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE of three percent increase in the primary property tax levy.   The proposed levy will be $227,798, or three percent, […]

State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava on hot seat over public campaign-finance money

State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava, D-Gila Bend, is on the hot seat over his use of public campaign-finance money, and it could cost him his chair in the House of Representatives.   A random audit by the Citizens Clean Elections Commission found problems with the freshman lawmaker’s accounting, and a follow-up audit identified $9,200 in expenditures […]

Buckeye Youth Council Visits National League of Cities Annual Conference

Buckeye Youth Council Visits Washington, D.C. Six members of Buckeye’s Youth Council spent their Spring Break in Washington, D.C. attending the National League of Cities annual conference. They attended numerous workshops on topics such as diversity, lobbying and advocacy, and trust building. Also on the agenda was a meeting with staff from Congressman Raul Grijalva’s […]

West Valley leaders pitch priorities in Washington, D.C.

West Valley leaders defended community development grants, infrastructure projects and water conservation during a recent trip to Washington, D.C. The mayors, council members, and some city staff attended the Congressional City Conference hosted by the National League of Cities, which advocates for local governments at the federal level. The conference was held March 11-15. Leaders from most […]

Recalling Mayor Jackie Meck Falls Short Despite The Amount Of Complaints

Effort to recall Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck appears to fall short of signatures A citizen-driven campaign to recall Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck after outrage over high water bills will likely fail to trigger a recall election by next week’s deadline, according to Jeffrey Hancock, co-leader of the recall effort. On Tuesday afternoon, Hancock said the […]

City Council Selects Roger Klingler As City Manager

Buckeye’s City Council selected its next city manager, replacing longtime manager Stephen Cleveland with Roger Klingler. Roger Klingler officially got the job Tuesday night, though he has served as Buckeye’s interim city manager since last August. Klingler’s experience also includes ten years as the assistant city manager in Scottsdale, as well as the general manager […]

High water bills not a widespread problem

Buckeye officials say they are certain there is no widespread problem in its water system after spending four months capturing and analyzing data from a water hotline established to address community outcry over high water bills. cxenseparse_end cxenseparse_start Buckeye has 18,957 residential water accounts, and while residents have made a lot of noise about high water bills — enough to prompt a […]

Police Department Joins West Valley Crisis Intervention Team

In April 2016, the Buckeye Police Department, along with seven other neighboring police departments, joined forces to form the West Valley Crisis Intervention Team (WVCIT). The goal of WVCIT is to train local police officers with the skills needed during an intervention, specifically when interacting with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. The group was […]

City of Buckeye Water Resources Director Dave Nigh resigns

The City of Buckeye Water Resources Director Dave Nigh announced his resignation Wednesday. It will become effective Feb. 25. Nigh’s resignation comes after months of dispute between Buckeye residents and the city over sky-high water bills. Nigh was placed on paid administrative leave in December of 2016.? Dozens of Buckeye residents started noticing huge increases […]

A New Congress and the future of food assistance programs unknown

With the 115th Congress being sworn in today, Arizona anti-hunger advocates are worried about the future of food-assistance programs, like SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as the food stamps program. With no federal budget passed yet, advocates are concerned about what cuts backs lawmakers could make to these programs. In the past, lawmakers […]

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