May 27, 2022
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Mayoral Q&A: Paradise Valley candidates talk about water issues
By Councilmember Julie Pace

Yes, our town residents should be concerned about future EPCOR rate increases and its plans to push for future consolidation to have our residents subsidize water infrastructure costs for other communities. EPCOR services the largest number of residences in our town.

And yes, residents and stakeholders should be thoughtful about water usage and implement strategies to reduce water including using low-water devices, monitoring and updating irrigation systems, and implementing xeriscape landscaping.
The Desert Botanical Gardens and nurseries have classes that can teach residents about low-water usage landscaping.

We are in a drought and our water supply is dwindling. We all need to be engaged and strategic in addressing water conservation.

Since 2017, our public works department reduced the amount of water used in the town by 14%. Kudos!

Regarding EPCOR, the Arizona Corporation Commission imposed a 7% rate increase on EPCOR rate payers in Paradise Valley. They were considering imposing an approximately 45% rate increase. I call this a tax of approximately $11 million on PV residents to subsidize others.
Because the issue of consolidation will return, the town is ready. We had an excellent technical consultant and lawyer to assist us in the hearing process.

We need to continue with building relationships. Sun City was organized and had many people write and call in to prevent being included in consolidation and it worked.

Thank you to town residents who participated. Numbers count when it comes to elected officials making decisions.

We are grateful the ACC members took a fairer approach and looked deeper at the unique circumstances in our community and agreed to exclude PV from consolidation.

I encourage EPCOR rate payers to make comments in EPCOR surveys and to ACC members to not consolidate our community to subsidize others. Keep building relationships now to help educate ACC members about our large lots, tourist area, and open and green spaces.

As a lawyer for companies for 30 years and with experience in government relations, I will use my relationships and knowledge to preserve Paradise Valley’s quality of life and avoid rate increases and hidden taxes.

Vote for Those Who You Can Count on To Preserve Paradise Valley
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Paradise Valley Town Updates
New Process to Coat Cuts in Mountains

The Paradise Valley Mountain Preservation Trust (PVMPT) is working with ASU’s Luminosity Lab to design, build and deploy an improved solution for a coating for cuts and exposed rock on the mountains. 

The goal is to find a diverse mix of colors that protects the mountain when it is cut and makes the exposed rock look more natural and that blends in better. The application also may use drones to apply the varying colors. 

This application could be used throughout the State of Arizona. Kudos to the Trust for looking for innovative solutions to improve aesthetics on the mountains.
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SRP Urges Community to Keep Mylar Balloons Away from Power Lines During Graduation Celebrations
Mylar balloons get caught up in SRP’s high-voltage system on average about four times a month resulting in outages that impact tens of thousands of customers a year.
Follow these tips if you purchase Mylar balloons:
  • Keep balloons tethered at all times and attached to a weight.
  • Use regular string or ribbon. Avoid using shiny, Mylar string.
  • Make sure no helium is left inside before disposing of them
Paradise Valley Town Councilmember Julie Pace proactively engages to preserve the mountains and open space and focuses on substance, action, and doing good work for the best interests of the Town, while building a sense of community.
Julie Pace for Paradise Valley Mayor | 5501 E Solano Drive
Paradise Valley AZ 85253 | [email protected]
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