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Mayor Al Gameros. Courtesy Photo

Globe Mayor’s Report: April 2024

ALTERNATIVE EXPENDITURE LIMITATION (HOME RULE): Proposition 412 will be on the ballot at the primary election on July 30, 2024. Home Rule is a proposition that goes on the ballot every four years that reverts back to 1979 revenues. This proposition has always passed allowing the city council to pass their budget with the current day revenue. If it were not to pass, it would be detrimental to the services the city now provides to our residents. A Yes vote allows the city to continue to set their budget as presented and spend the money it collects. Thank you for your “yes” vote. 

COMMUNITY CENTER POOL: The Community Center Pool opening date has been set for May 25, the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend. The summer hours starting May 25 through July 28 are: morning hours 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and evening hours 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Starting on July 29: Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The daily pass costs are ages 0-17 is $1, ages 18-54 is $2, ages 55 and older is $1. Other options are monthly passes, family passes, annual passes, and community pool facility rental is available. Cash or cards are accepted for the entry fee. For more information contact Lisa Fletcher at 928-940-9207.

BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE: The City of Globe was featured in the March issue of the “Business View Civil and Municipal” magazine with an eight-page story about our efforts to build a strong, sustainable economic base for the future of our city. We were also notified by the publisher that the City of Globe is featured on the front cover. We are extremely grateful to the publishers of this national magazine for including our story. This is a very big exposure for our city and community with millions of viewers nationwide. The magazine is currently only available in digital form to be viewed online, but hard copies are pending to be printed. You can view the digital copy online at Business View Magazine.com and look for the March 2024 issue. 

ANNUAL BUDGET PROCESS: At the April 23 council meeting, the financial department gave an update on the FY-2022 unaudited revenues compared to the 2024 estimated projections and the schedule for completion of this year’s annual budget. The comparison chart presented shows a continued increase in the projected revenues in all categories except for two, which include the bed tax revenues and the state-shared revenues. Due to population growth in other larger cities and no growth in our city, it shows about a $350,000 loss in those state-shared revenues for FY 2024-2025. Overall, the report was very positive with signs of continued revenue growth. The next steps in the process are the tentative budget scheduled for adoption on May 21, 2024, and the final budget adoption scheduled for June 25, 2024.

CDBG FUNDING: During the April 23 meeting, a public hearing was held to present and discuss five projects by the council as part of the Community Development Block Grant for $225,000 that is awarded to the city every three years. The five projects moving forward to the next public hearing are as follows; ADA improvements at the upper Community Center Complex, Rogue building demolition, ADA improvements at Round Mountain Restroom Complex, City Hall improvements to access bathrooms, council chambers, and main floor, and improvements to the city-owned building that was used as the former Head Start building on Globe Street. After an extensive discussion all five projects were moved forward plus an additional project to upgrade the skate park. The next public hearing will be held on May 28 to choose a final project for submission. The public is encouraged to attend the public hearing to voice their thoughts on these six projects. 

SILVER KING BUILDING: An Emergency Declaration was approved on April 23 to move forward the process to take down the city-owned Silver King building located at the entrance to the Pascoe Stairway. The building sustained a partial roof collapse with the last wind event that prompted a public safety hazard and had to be fenced off until the building is taken down and the interior common wall is stabilized. The intent for the purchase of this building was to take it down and create additional parking on North Broad Street and build a small playground. The partial roof collapse has now accelerated these plans. It is anticipated that it will take approximately three to five weeks to complete the demolition and stabilization of the wall. 

FIRST FRIDAYS: First Fridays have become a monthly signature event and continue to grow each month with more participation from downtown businesses, vendors, and cruisers. This event is not only enjoyed by our local residents in the community, but by many more people who are now coming from out of town on this day to enjoy the event. Everyone is invited to participate in the downtown cruise that begins at 5:30 p.m. starting at the Active Adult Center. We invite the community to come downtown and support the participating businesses and enjoy live music, food trucks, and vendors. Anyone needing more information or wanting to set up a vendor booth during any First Friday event may do so by contacting Melissa Steele at 928-425-7146.

About David Abbott

Journalist, writer and editor who has worked for community newspapers for more than 15 years. After four years at Davis-Monthan AFB and a few years living in Tucson, moved to California to find his fortune. He is happy to be back in Arizona, in the mountains he loves.

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