The income tax season is over, but tax scams continue
The IRS is warning local taxpayers of scams in the form of automated calls and new tactics demanding tax payments. There’s been an increase in robo-calls, where scammers leave urgent callback requests telling victims they need to settle their tax bill. These fake calls generally claim to be the last warning before legal action is taken. Once the victim calls back, the scammers may threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the victim’s driver’s license if they don’t agree to pay. In the latest trend, impersonators are demanding payments on I-Tunes and other gift cards. The IRS is reminding area residents that any request to settle a tax bill by putting money on any gift card is clearly a scam. The IRS also won’t initiate a call without having a formal letter sent first. If you receive a suspicious call like this, the Yavapai County Better Business Bureau is recommending you contact the IRS directly. The nearest Arizona IRS office can be found online at irs.gov. All calls can be reported at 1-800-829-1040.
With monsoon storms hitting the area, sand and bags are available once again
Among the sand and bag locations are the Yavapai County Public Works yard on Commerce Drive in Prescott and the Verde Valley Public Works yard on Cherry Road in the Verde Valley. Additional locations include fire stations in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Mayer, Black Canyon City, Seligman, Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Sedona. You must fill your own bags, so bring a shovel. For more information on sand and bag locations, go online to regionalinfo-alert.org or call 771-3321.
The Chino Valley Town Council has made final adjustments to last year’s Fiscal Year Budget
Town Finance Director Joe Duffy says each fiscal year Council approves adjustments for any General Fund Departments that are over budget. During the fiscal year that ended June 30th, the General Fund had 9 departments that were over by a combined amount of nearly 140 thousand dollars. In total, all departments were under budget by more than 586 thousand dollars. During its meeting Tuesday night, Council approved budget adjustments of $177,500. During that same meeting, Duffy shared the good news that because of the Town being conservative in planning and spending, 160 thousand dollars will be available for roads this fiscal year.
After wreaking havoc on Yavapai County and Arizona, tropical storm Javier is on its way out
According to Dave Vonderhide with the National Weather Service in Flagstaff, there were numerous thunderstorms yesterday, but flash flood warnings were issued for such areas as Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek. Vonderhide says the rain was heavy but it didn’t cause any major problems. Meteorologist Marvin Percha says the stormy weather is almost over. There’s still a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the area tonight before sunny skies return tomorrow. There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday through Wednesday.