Desert Messenger

July 7, 2010

Desert Messenger is your local connection for news, events, and entertainment!

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 13 of 23

P��� 14 LA PAZ COUNTY, AZ- La Paz County Health Department is stream-lining the permit process for all annual per- mits issued from the department. In- stead of an annual permit being due on the anniversary of its application, it will be due January 31st. This will include but is not limited to permits for restaurants, mobile home parks, RV parks, septic pumpers, swimming pools, hotels/motels, garbage haulers, water haulers and water vendors. “We feel that this will simplify billing cycles, reduce the costs the Health De- partment spends on billing and clarify when permits are due,” explained Marion Shontz, Director for the La Paz County Health Department. The pro-rated permit schedule goes into effect July 1st and the La Paz County Health Department will be sending statements to all permit hold- ers. Permit renewals that have already been turned in will be pro-rated to reflect the new schedule. To alleviate some confusion, here are some com- mon questions and answers: ���.D�����M��������.��� Changes to Health Dept. annual permits Q. What if I just paid for my annual permit in May? Do I have to pay again in January? A. Yes, but in January you will pay a reduced amount since your permit payment was for a year and you will receive full credit for that amount. Q. How much will I have to pay if my permit is not due until August? A. The Health Department will be sending you a statement that will show your fee for August 2010 to December 2010 and your fee for January 2011 to December 2011. Q. So does that mean I will be paying twice in one year? A. Some people will be paying twice in order to bring their permit up to date with the new schedule. Q. Why are you changing to this new system? I liked the old system better? A. The Health Department really feels that this new system will be a benefit to the permit holders, especially those with multiple permits. Instead of hav- ing permits due in different months, Enjoy Great Savings, Service and Benefits … with the AARP Auto & Home Insurance Program fromThe Hartford. Call The Hartford Toll-Free Today to Request Your FREE Quote: 1-877-212-1463 Monday-Friday, 7AM-11PM Eastern Time Saturday & Sunday, 8AM-6PM Eastern Time    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR PERSONAL ATTENTION AND COMPASSIONATE CARE! LOVE, SHADOW and SHANNA* The AARP Auto and Home Insurance Program is underwritten by Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates, One Hartford Plaza, Hartford, CT 06155. CA License # 5152. InWashington, the Programis underwritten by Hartford Casualty Insurance Company. In Texas, The Program is underwritten by Southern County Mutual Insurance Company through Hartford Fire General Agency. Hartford Fire Insurance Company and its affiliates are not financially responsible for insurance products underwritten and issued by Southern CountyMutual Insurance Company. InWashington and Texas, the AARP Homeowners Insurance Programis underwritten by Property and Casualty Insurance Company of Hartford. This Program is provided by The Hartford, not AARP or its affiliates. The Hartford pays a royalty fee to AARP for the use of AARP's intellectual property. These fees are used for the general purposes of AARP. AARP membership is required for Program eligibility in most states. Applicants are individually underwritten and some may not qualify. Specific features, credits and discounts may vary and may not be available in all states in accordance with state filings and applicable law. This Program is currently unavailable in Massachusetts, Canada and U.S. Territories and Possessions. Homeowners product is not available in all areas, including the state of Florida. our community year-round! Thank you for investing in *and Jeff & Sandy Gilbert GROOMING & NAILS OPEN ALL SEASONS BATHING, DOG CINDY MARTIN 765 Lollipop Lane Quartzsite 928-927-5234 CODE: 471103 We want to thank Cindy Martin all permits will be due January 31st. The new system also allows for a bud- get reduction within the Health De- partment. Q. What if I forget to pay my permit? A. Late permit renewals will be ac- cessed a late fee. Q. How does this new process affect new permits? A. New permits will be pro-rated up to December and the renewal rate will be a full year. Anyone with questions about the new system or for clarification about their permit can call Mary Bierbrodt at the La Paz County Health De- partment at 928-669-1100 or email Food Handlers classes nounced their summer schedule for food handler classes. All classes will be held at the Quartzsite Senior Center, located at 40 Moon Mt. Rd. Wed. July 14 ~ 10 am and 2 pm Wed. Sept. 22 ~ 10 am and 2 pm Wed. Oct. 13 ~ 10 am and 2 pm Wed. Nov. 17 ~ 1o am and 2 pm be held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 am and 10:30am. thru January. There will be no classes on Dec. 24. For more information, contact La Paz County Health Department in Parker, 928-669-1100. Beginning in December, classes will La Paz County Department an- JULY 7, 2010 ty Management Association, “The council-manager form of local gov- ernment combines the strong politi- cal leadership of elected officials (in the form of a council, board, or other governing body) with the strong pro- fessional experience of an appointed local government administrator. Un- der the council-manager form, power is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional adminis- trator to implement its policies. This appointee serves at the pleasure of the council and has responsibility for preparing the budget, directing day- to-day operations, hiring and firing personnel, and serving as the council’s chief policy advisor. Of the 91 incorpo- rated cities and towns in Arizona, 84 utilize the council-manager form of government.” Under the council–manager form of government for municipalities, the elected governing body is responsible for the legislative function of the mu- nicipality such as establishing policy, passing local ordinances, voting ap- propriations, and developing an over- all vision. County and other types of local government follow the same pat- tern, with a different title for the gov- erning body members that matches the title of the body. The legislative body, which is voted Council operations According to the Arizona City/Coun- into office by public elections, appoints a professional manager to oversee the administrative operations, implement its policies, and advise it. The position of “mayor” present in this type of leg- islative body is a largely ceremonial title, and may be selected by the coun- cil from among its members or elected as an at-large council member with no executive functions. Phoenix, Arizona is the largest city in the United States to retain coun- cil–manager government.

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Desert Messenger - July 7, 2010