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As I begin my tenure as interim town manager, I've had the opportunity to step back and take a broader look at our organization and at our community, and ask the question: "What’s right with Oro Valley?" As a resident and 16-year employee with the town, that's an easy question to answer: Town of Oro Valley employees. Every day, they're providing services to make our community great. That is "what's right with Oro Valley."
Oro Valley Town Manager Greg Caton will work his last day on June 2, 2016, before leaving the town to serve as city manager in Grand Junction, Colorado. Caton’s resignation was officially accepted at last night’s council meeting, followed by the announcement that Oro Valley Police Chief Daniel Sharp would serve as interim town manager.
At the April 6 Oro Valley Town Council Meeting, Town Manager Greg Caton presented the Manager’s Recommended Budget for FY 2016-17 in the amount of $117.4 million; a $2.3 million, or 1.9% decrease from the Adopted FY 2015-16 Budget totaling $119.7 million.
Have you ever heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure?” The town of Oro Valley has subscribed to that philosophy for years, and it has resulted in the high-quality community we are today.
It’s hard to have missed the headlines and press releases, but some people still haven’t heard the big news: The University of Arizona has selected Oro Valley for its new doctor of veterinary medicine degree program. And while having a UA campus in Oro Valley is a huge deal, it’s merely the tip of the iceberg.
Like most public and private organizations, the town of Oro Valley has a strategic plan. Governments often get the reputation of producing plans that sit on the shelf. That is not the case in Oro Valley.
The strategic plan is a two-year document that is a shorter and more detailed view of the town’s goals than the voter-approved general plan, which is required every 10 years by state law.
Since its launch on May 2, the new Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center (formerly El Conquistador Country Club) has continued to exceed expectations. In its first two months of operation, 200-plus new memberships have been sold, which exceeds projections for the entire fiscal year. Summer youth camps have been booked to capacity. Residents have access to a series of free, community enrichment programs. The list goes on.
Although the 2015-16 fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, 2015, Town of Oro Valley staff has already begun the budget process. Many months of preparation go into this document, which serves not only as a guideline for spending, but also as: a policy document, the budget indicates what services the Town will provide during the next year and spells out the level of services and reasons for their provision.
With health care costs continually on the rise, the Town of Oro Valley believes that it can stay ahead of the curve by employing a proactive approach to keeping its employees healthy and well. As a result, the Town has implemented a Health and Wellness program as a long-term investment to keeping a healthy workforce, while also reducing health care costs.
On Monday, September 8, large portions of Oro Valley experienced “hundred-year flood” levels, which resulted in significant damage and storm debris.
Town staff have been out in the field every day since the storm, assessing damage, addressing safety concerns and clearing debris. Due to the large volume of storm damage, additional resources are being allocated to expedite the recovery process
Now that Oro Valley Town Council has approved the FY 2014-15 budget, I wanted to take the opportunity to talk about what’s in the budget for our residents. As the town went through the budget process early in the calendar year, seeking community input, we heard from Oro Valley residents on specific issues. As the budget was developed, town council wanted to ensure the inclusion of the things that are important to you:
At the April 2 Oro Valley Town Council Meeting, Town Manager Greg Caton presented the Manager’s Recommended Budget for FY 2014-15 in the amount of $107.1 million; a $13.2 million, or 14.1% increase from the Adopted FY 2013-14 Budget totaling $93.9 million.
Are you looking for great community events and entertainment? There are so many exciting events happening in Oro Valley over the next few months, it is difficult to keep track! The Town hasn’t always been this busy with large-scale events, which begs the question: What has changed?
When Oro Valley Town Council gave initial approval for the Aquatic Center in December 2011, it was with the vision that the facility would be both an economic driver for the town and an improvement to quality of life for our residents. It has been just two short months since our grand opening, and I am proud to announce that the facility has been an overwhelming success on both accounts.