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PV delays plan to annex Dewey-area land; Officials want more discussion with opponents

PRESCOTT VALLEY – The Prescott Valley Town Council deferred its plan to adopt a resolution that would allow the annexation of State Trust Land (STL) into its boundaries.

That proposed annexation property includes approximately 320 acres of land near the corporate limits of Prescott Valley and includes an area one-half mile south of the Prescott Country Club.

Because the PCC Property Owners Association board (PCCPOA) and many of its members opposed the plan, the town's community development director recommended, during last night's regular council meeting, that the council delay any consideration on this issue.

Richard Parker said he would like to talk again with the PCCPOA and try to resolve those issues and concerns regarding the annex.

Town Council Member Marilyn Rabideau agreed and said that an ongoing dialogue "would be useful and beneficial for all parties involved."

Parker said he explained the town's position on the annexation proposal earlier this week to the PCCPOA board and members.

After that meeting the board "elected to forward a recommendation to the State Selection Board opposing the annexation," Parker said.

"It's in our view unlikely that the State Selection Board will move favorably on this application" because of that opposition, Parker said.

In 1996 the town requested the same plan but a majority of PCC members opposed that petition.

The town decided to re-activate its application based on an interest in increasing revenue for the town.

"We want to maintain and improve our sales tax base," Parker said.

"Based on the town's stated objective to acquire the State Land and then ultimately annex out to the future Safeway site, staff brought this application back to the state land commissioner," he said.

Parker said that the town remains interested in annexing this commercial property because "we operate on sales tax revenue."

He added that the town does not enforce a property tax and the town's stated goal for economic development coincides with an agreement with its water district.

"Water services will not be made available to new customers outside of the corporate boundaries of the Town of Prescott Valley," Parker noted.

He said the town wants to provide water service to that future 55,000-square-foot shopping center in addition to sewer service for the school district, meaning the Bradshaw Mountain Middle School that currently maintains a self-contained sewage treatment plan on the premises.

"Unless we can annex them we are not able to provide them services," Parker said.

No one from the audience spoke regarding this issue during the public comment opportunity.

Contact Briana Lonas at blonas@prescottaz.com.

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