Cindy Barks

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Cash-strapped Prescott changes its job focus

City to hire more service personnel, fewer managers

Prescott City Manager Michael Lamar says he is extending the “doing more with less” philosophy into the management level at the City of Prescott.

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Chief: Prescott officers, dispatchers ‘prevented certain tragedy’

Black commends her staff for stopping a potential mass killing

Prescott Police Chief Debora Black evoked images of past mass-shootings around the country this week, when she commended local police officers and dispatchers for averting a similar tragedy in Prescott.

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Proposed sales tax hike: Shoppers to pay 75 cents more on $100 purchase

TAX HEIGHT? The cost of closing the pension gap

For about 47 cents a day – roughly the cost of a pack of gum, an apple, or a postage stamp – Prescott residents reportedly could close the gap in the city’s public-safety pensions.

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2016 budget cuts have ripple effect within city departments

Less money for library results in fewer users

Use at the Prescott Public Library is down; parks and recreation revenue is up; and the fire department is scheduled to be “whole” again this spring, thanks to a federal grant.

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Residents, council split on tax to resolve city’s debt

In one scenario, the Prescott City Council was advised to leave the “gaping wound” of the public-safety pension system up to the State Legislature to fix.

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Council seeks solution to growing $81 million pension debt mess

With its public-safety pension debt up recently by nearly $10 million, the City of Prescott continues its search for revenue sources to cover the unfunded liability.

City reallocation of federal grant money would benefit homeless shelter

Nearly $100,000 of federal grant money could go to a local homeless shelter effort, if the Prescott City Council agrees to amend its Community Development Block Grant (CDGB) program this week.

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New registration requirement raises questions among business, rental owners

City: Businesses need to register

As of Jan. 1, about 10,000 local businesses, rental owners, and service professionals faced a new requirement: To register as a business through the City of Prescott.

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‘Tis Art Exhibit offers young artists opportunity for gallery showing

Vibrant tissue-paper collages, pretty vases with flowers, and precise black-and-white drawings: The art runs the gamut at the STEPS Art Education Program for Children exhibit at downtown Prescott’s ‘Tis Art Center & Gallery.

Vacation, sober living homes impacted

Along with the broad requirement for licenses for all businesses in the City of Prescott, two specific categories are facing another level of licensing and enforcement.

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