At the last Yavapai County Board of Supervisors’ meeting for 2018, the Board approved several grants for the betterment of Yavapai County.
The Community Health Center of Yavapai (CHCY) has for the past several years received grant funds from Fry’s Food group to be used to help pay for mammograms and related diagnostic testing for patients. CHCY Director, Sharon Rickman recently stated, “This grant goes towards helping those who don’t have insurance, and can’t afford all the tests needed to diagnose breast cancer, to receive those tests at no cost to them. I believe this money saves lives and I am grateful for the efforts of the Fry’s Food group.”
The second grant that the Board approved was for the Yavapai County Flood Control District in the amount of $60,000 to identify and design green infrastructure projects. These funds come from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (AZDEQ). In 2012, Prescott Creeks completed the “Improvement Plan for the Upper Granite Creek Watershed” using Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) 604(b) grant funding. The final report identified creeks in the watershed containing unacceptable levels of pollutants, including Miller Creek and Manzanita Creek outside the City of Prescott limits in the County. The primary mitigation recommendation included green infrastructure along the creeks to minimize pollutants entering into the creeks.
The Board of Supervisors has worked hard every year to not raise taxes. The Board has even been able to reduce the overall tax rate in Yavapai County for the past four years. The Board does this by utilizing grant funds whenever possible and keeping a close eye on spending. Board of Supervisors Chairman Rowle Simmons said, “The Board works hard to keep taxes as low as possible and I look forward to working with the new Chairman next year to continue this worthwhile effort.”