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August 3, 2011

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A����� 3, 2011 ASSESSOR’S CORNER La Paz County Taxing districts are faced with the difficult task of provid- ing and improving the services that all of us depend on. Every year, taxing entities such as schools, fire districts, water districts and sanitation district hold public meetings where they determine their budgets for the year. It is that time of year again. The result of budgeting decision area taken into account around the same time the tax Rate is set. The La Paz County Board of Supervisors sets the tax rate. This rate, when applied to the assessed value of your property, determines the amount of tax dollars that you pay. Law limits the budgets of all taxing en- tities and as long as they do not exceed those limits, the county must approve them. The Board of Supervisors does not control the budget of a taxing entity that is within the legal limits. All of this should make it clear why it is important to attend the budget meetings. ���.D����� M��������.��� Go to the meetings, voice your opinion, and give some input. None of us enjoy paying taxes, and it is easy to sit back and complain about them. However, it is not so easy to go out and work for lower taxes. However, if your input makes even a little difference, isn’t it worth your while? We would also like to talk about tax payer responsibilities. The most com- mon problem our office faces is incorrect mailing addresses. We encourage tax- payers to notify our office if you move or have a different address. This is to pre- vent problems in the future. There have been instances where we’ve had irate taxpayers come in or call our office because they did not receive their tax bill. We verify the mailing address in our computer system they tell us that the address we have is incorrect. We try to explain that it is their responsibility to notify our office, we have no way of know- ing if they had a recent address change. So keep us updated with your changes so there are no misunderstandings. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office (928) 669-6165. at you conve- nience; we are here for you, the taxpay- er. Until next time… George Nault and Staff… Food Handlers Classes La Paz County Health Department holds food handlers classes in Quartzsite all year round. All classes are at the Quartzsite Senior Center, located at 40 Moon Mountain. CLASSES PLANNED FOR JULY, SEPT., OCT. & NOV. : Wednesday, Sept. 21st @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12th @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 16th @ 10:00 am and 2:00 pm THE FOLLOWING CLASSES ARE PLANNED FOR DECEMBER AND JANUARY : Wednesdays, Dec. 7th, 14th, 21st @ 9:00am and 10:30 am Fridays, Wednesdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th @ 9:00am and 10:30am Fridays, Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 30th @ 9:00am & 10:30 am Jan. 6th, 13th, 20th 27th @ 9:00am and 10:30 am READER’S OASIS BOOKS 690 E. Main - Quartzsite (one block east of Family Dollar) 928-927-6551 Help Save Blythe’s Kokopelli - Aug. 13 La Cuna Aztlan to protest the destruction of sacred sites Site Protection Circle, Colorado River Warriors of Yuma, Ward Valley Vet- erans, Peace and Dignity Runners, Indian/Mexican Heritage, Escuela de la Raz Unida plans include Fri- day evening views of Perseids meteor showers. Saturday morning a Sunrise Ceremony at the Kokopelli geoglyphs west of Blythe. At Todd Park at 10am is a Peace and Dignity Sacred Staff with lunch at noon. At 2pm Video displays will be presented at ERU, 137 N. Broad- way, Blythe. Contact Regina Quitzala Quinones, 805-798-7811, or Alfredo Figueroa, 760-922-6422. Blythe, CA- “They’ve already destroyed geoglyphs of the sun,” said Patricia Figueroa of La Cuna Aztlan. “We’re desperate. All geoglyphs are tied to the creation story.” The Solar Trust of America Renewable Energy Station is the most expansive solar project to be approved on federal land, spanning 7,000 acres eight miles west of Blythe, and is expected to be the largest solar facility in the world. Aug. 12 & 13, La Cuna Aztlan Sacred P��� 11 Abondoned Mines closed in Quartzsite Quartzite, Ariz. - In recent weeks, 18 abandoned open and dangerous mine shafts on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands were closed in the town of Quartzite. Bat gates and cu- polas were installed over the shafts which close access to humans but al- low ingress/egress to bat populations. The abandoned mine shafts, fill sites, and mine workings have been both at- tractive nuisances and public hazards for tourists and visitors. “Visitors who are gold seekers look in existing shafts no matter how danger- ous,” said BLM Colorado River Dis- trict Hazardous Materials Coordinator Cathy White. “PRP Construction (Phoenix, AZ) did a fabulous job taking care of the haz- ards while retaining the historic flavor of the mining features. They installed ten cupolas and two bat gates, and lev- eled six mining fill sites.” Come Visit our Salvation Army 101 S. Moon Mountain Ave. New Mini Store for the We are now accepting donations and doing our charity work from our new location. Our new mini store is now open while we wait for the construction of our brand new building. NEW HOURS: Mon-Sat. 8-10am We still need and are accepting your donations so we may continue to help our local people. For more information, contact Salvation Army at 928-927-3636.

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