By Nick Worth
The Navajo County Board of Supervisors heard the annual report for fiscal year 2011-12 from County Treasurer Manny Hernandez Tuesday.
According to Hernandez, as of the end of June, the county has collected $78,233,008.26 in taxes for the fiscal year. This is 95.5 percent of the total real property taxes charged for collection, which totaled $81,960,332.43.
Hernandez told the board the original taxes charged amount was $81,985,393.62, but board ordered cor-rections lowered the amount by $25,061.19. He said the corrections were down this year from $107,847 the previous year.
Unpaid taxes so far amount to $3,727,324.17, but Hernandez said some of the outstanding taxes would be recovered when the county holds its delinquent tax lien sale the second week of February.
“We’ll be correcting taxes up through December,” Hernandez said. “After that, whatever is left unpaid will go into the tax lien sale.”
Hernandez also reported on the county’s tax levy totals as of June and on the state of the county’s invest-ments.
The total investment balances as of June 30 were $48,257,495.05 in short-term investments, $100,000 in certificates of deposit and $99,445,000 in government securities for a total of $147,802,495.05.
The total interest earned was $827,521.28.
The board also heard a presentation by representatives of the Arizona Association of Counties detailing what AACO does on behalf of the state’s counties and their elected employees.
In other business Aug. 14, the board approved:
* A request for redemption of waiver for two properties.
* An application for a special event liquor license requested for the Summer Lang Cancer Fund scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 13, at The Gathering Place in Pinetop.
* An application for a special event liquor license requested for the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Com-merce Oktoberfest scheduled on Sept. 15 and 16 at the Tall Timbers Park in Overgaard.
* An intergovernmental agreement for regional connector transit services.
* Conducting a precinct-based recall election for Linda Stoffer, board member of the Sun Valley Fire Dis-trict, on March 13, 2013.
* Entering into a lease contract for two new Konica Bizhub copiers for the sheriff’s office/jail with Na-tional Bank of Arizona, Division of Zions First National Bank, for approximately $16,700.17 paid over 36 months at 1.76 percent with a $1 end buy.
* The transfer/donation of a used Lanier LD445C Copier/Scanner/Fax machine (L9066920064) to Navajo
County Fair Inc. for the value of $1.
* Fiscal year 2011-12 transfers.
* An agreement for annual contributions to Navajo County senior centers.
* A letter of agreement between Charles Backus and Navajo County for fencing a section of Porter Moun-tain Road.
* An Attorney General’s Office agreement for $19,250 for the Victims’ Rights program.
* a cooperative agreement for animal impoundment services between Navajo County and the Humane Society of the White Mountains.
* A sympathy letter to the family of Snowflake Town Councilmember Larry Matyas.
* A sympathy letter to Mary Tenney and the Tenney family.
* The appropriation of county funds for fiscal year 2012-13 for Arizona Cooperative Extension.
* Personnel actions.
* A contract with Arizona Department of Health Services for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program effective Aug. 1, 2012, to July 31, 2017, in the amount of $102,000.
* An intergovernmental agreement for participation in the Arizona Child Abduction Response Team (CART). Sheriff KC Clark told the board the agreement would allow his department to bring in partners from throughout the state to assist in the event a child is abducted. Clark told the board there is no cost to the county, but there would be a lot of benefits.
* The fiscal year 2012-13 property tax rates for all applicable governmental entities within the county.
* Two amendments to a contract between the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Board of Supervisors for Workforce Investment Act funding, one for funding in the amount of $508,320 and the other for incentive funding in the amount of $48,434.
* The expenditure in an amount not to exceed $42,800 from District IV Special Road funds to cover 50 percent of the first year road improvements for Timberland Acres Special Road District No. 1.
* The expenditure in an amount not to exceed $1,750 from District I Special Road funds for the purchase of a cutting edge for the Kayenta Chapter bulldozer.
* A contract for pavement markings to the lowest responsible bidder, Pavement Marking, Inc.
* Resolution Number 23-12, approving the proposed zone change from R1-10 to C-R for portions of par-cel numbers 212-17-009, 015B and 016 owned by Bob McQueen.
* Project priorities and support letters for Eastern Arizona Counties Resource Advisory Committee RAC Grant submittals for funding year 2012.
Interim Public Works Director Homero Vela told the board the grant would be used to chip seal a one-mile section of Ricochet Road, a two-mile section of Rim Drive and a 1.44-mile section of Black Canyon Road.
* A proclamation declaring August 2012 as Child Support Awareness Month.
After adjourning into executive session, the board reconvened to approve:
* An intergovernmental Agreement between the Show Low Fire District and the county for the hiring of a financial consultant.
* A contract with PolicyLogic, LLC and the Show Low Fire District for consulting services.
By Nick Worth