home sales, Realtors, mortgages, Arizona
Aug 28, 2023

Arizona fares slightly better as high mortgages, low inventory hit home sales

High mortgage rates and tight inventories are hitting home sales nationwide, but agents in Arizona say the continuing influx of new residents to the state has softened the impact in the Valley.

pet adoptions, Arizona Humane Society, Maricopa County Animal Care & Control
Jul 17, 2023

Inflation hits Valley animal shelters; adoptions decline amidst soaring costs

With inflation causing higher prices for everything from lodging to groceries, animal shelters in Maricopa County are feeling a trickle-down effect: They’re reporting fewer adoptions and more animal surrenders.

mobile home parks, Gress, bill
Mar 31, 2023

Mobile home owners forced out of parks to get larger payouts under new law

Residents of three mobile home parks facing imminent eviction could get bigger payouts from the state for leaving or moving their homes following a new law.

water, Hobbs, drought, Rio Verde Foothills, Scottsdale, water supply, potable water, toilets, Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega, Maricopa County Supervisor Thomas Galvin
Jan 18, 2023

Neighbors sue Arizona city to restore water cut in drought

Residents of a community just outside Scottsdale are feuding with the city they long depended on for water now that the city has cut off their supply, saying it needs to guarantee there is enough for its own residents amid a deep, long-lasting drought.

property taxes, Jones, legislation, bill, mortgages, rent, assessed valuation, cities, House, Republicans
Jan 17, 2023

Jones says her property tax cut bill needs major amendments to get traction

The way Rep. Rachel Jones sees it, once you've paid off your house you shouldn't have to worry about property taxes. But the first-term Republican lawmaker from Tucson acknowledged there are a bunch of practical questions with her legislation, including who would -- or should -- get a tax break. And she said her plan is probably going to need some major amendments to get any traction.

(Stock photo/Itman47)
Oct 3, 2017

ADEQ at odds with advisory panel over septic system regulations

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality disagrees with its own advisory committee, which says current septic system regulations need a serious update to ensure protection of groundwater.

Jun 11, 2015

Pima, Pinal counties may have to hike tax rates for court to decide legality of budget provision

Pima and Pinal counties may have to set their tax rates – and hike the levy on businesses and homeowners – before any court decides whether a provision in the state budget is legal.

Mar 20, 2015

Door-to-door visits ask customers for solar complaints

A dark money group based in Virginia is going door to door in the Valley, asking solar customers to detail their negative experiences with solar leasing.

RUCO Director Patrick Quinn (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 22, 2013

Packing a big punch from a small office

Hours before energy regulators approved a small surcharge on residential solar this month, the head of a little-known consumer advocacy group played wingman to the solar industry’s lawyer.

Nov 11, 2013

Solar storm

All eyes on Arizona as formal energy hearings begin

At the heart of Arizona’s battle over solar net metering systems is whether utilities can balance solar energy with the cost of maintaining the grid that delivers electricity to all users.

Aug 16, 2013

Feud heats up

Arizona wasn’t asking for much in disaster relief funds to aid in the recovery from the Yarnell Hill Fire, but the denial struck deep.

Aug 9, 2013

Auditor general’s report finds flaws in handling of construction complaints

A performance audit by the state Auditor General’s Office highlighted several problems in the Registrar of Contractors system designed to ensure quality work from licensed contractors to consumers.