Council takes action on Harris bid protest

Laura Swan

The Bisbee Observer

The Bisbee City Council met Tuesday night and took action after a three-year court battle with a local resident who filed a claim against the city and the council following the approval of a contract with a company to manage the wastewater treatment plant three years ago in 2018.

Bisbee resident Jeff Harris appeared via Zoom Tuesday night for the hearing. According to the agenda the hearing was scheduled after an administrative appeal was ordered by the Superior Court in December. According to the court document dated Dec. 16, 2021 and signed by Judge Laura Cardinal, it directed the city to hear and decide on Harris’ appeal.

So, at Tuesday night’s meeting council abided by the court order and held the hearing allowing Harris and the city each ten minutes to present their cases. At the start of the hearing Harris said he could not participate because the “deck was stacked against him” claiming that a six-person council could possibly result in a tie vote and then asked for a continuance…read full story (online subscribers only)

City finances faring well mid-year

Laura Swan

The Bisbee Observer

Half of the fiscal year has passed, and the city appears to be faring well at the midpoint with most revenue streams coming in near the fifty percent mark.

According to information released by Finance Director Keri Bagley, the General fund revenues show that the city has received $4,208,938.56 or 52 percent of projected revenue at the halfway mark of fiscal year 2021/2022.

According to Bagley’s report, city sales tax revenue is at 48 percent or about $31,000 short of projected revenue at this point in the fiscal year. She did report that state sales tax, vehicle license tax revenues and property tax revenues are at or above the 50 percent mark putting overall taxes at 52 percent or $91,000 ahead of projected revenue….read full story (online subscribers only)

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