Copper Basin News Celebrating More Than 50 Years of News Coverage in the Copper Basin Vol. 53 No. 17 Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Periodicals Postage Paid at Hayden, Arizona 85235 CAC Board approves draft budget: tax rates will increase, salaries won’t By Lana Jones The Central Arizona College Governing Board met at Aravaipa Campus last Tuesday, April 19, and unanimously agreed to publish the draft 2011-2012 budget. The Board will get another chance to look at the budget and approve any changes at their next meeting on Signal Peak Campus, May 17. CAC faces the same situation as many schools and counties: the state has cut funding by millions again this year. The state cut appropriations to CAC this year by $2.4 million. Tax revenues will also decrease despite an increase in the tax rate. The only notable increase in the budget will come from the board-approved tuition increase of $5 per credit hour. Chris Wodka, CAC’s vice president of finance and administration, told board members that property tax values in the county had decreased more than 15 percent. CAC’s primary property tax rate is set to increase from 1.47 percent to 1.51. Even so, the primary taxes brought in will decrease by $2.9 million. Secondary taxes will increase to pay for voter-approved bonds being issued next spring. The increase in the secondary tax rate will bring in $2.3 million. The combined changes in primary and secondary taxes will leave CAC with a $580,000 decrease in tax revenue compared to last year. Board member Rick Gibson said that the board decreased tax rates for a number of years as property values in the county grew. He asked if the current increase would raise tax rates above previous levels. Wodka said that the current rate was lower than the highest primary tax rate of 2.17 percent in 2002-2003. The tax rate had fallen to 1.38 percent by 2010. After the budget discussion, the Board revisited the issue of raises in 2011-2012. Dennis Jenkins, CAC president, brought the issue back to the Board because of an unexpected change buried in the state budget. He said that when the Board decided against raises, they thought that employee payroll deductions were going to increase .9 percent. It came up after the fact that employees are going to have to pay more into the Arizona State Retirement System. In the past, employees and employers split retirement contributions 50-50. Employees will be responsible for 53 percent of the retirement contribution next fiscal year. As a result, total employee deductions will increase 1.55 percent. “So their take home pay will be less,” Jenkins said. The Board took no action to change their previous decision on raises. Friday the 13th will be lucky for someone because on May 13 starting at 6 p.m., at the Hayden School District Auditorium, the locally-fueled pageantry that is known as the Copper Basin Idol 2011, will unfold, for the entertainment and delight of young and old, alike; and, for the benefit of the very young, indeed. The cost of admission is $3, three cans of food, or one package of diapers, which will go to benefiting the Family First Pregnancy Care Center and Diaper Bank. Two groups of contestants, ages 3-12 for the Junior Idol, and 13 and up for the Idol, will be competing, and, one grand prize winner from each will be chosen. Each contestant will be allowed to sing at most two songs, one for the competition and for those who qualify one after winning. The winners will represent the Copper Basin Area for events throughout the year until the next year. The program for the Copper Basin Idol 2011, hosted by Pat Brumley, begins with the National Anthem, performed by 2010 Copper Basin Idol winner, Anissa Newman. From 6:30 to 7:10 p.m., Junior Idol and Idol contestants perform. Then, from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m., 2010 Junior Idol winner, Julianna Borquez, performs ‘Put Your Records On’ by Corrine Bentley, and, from 7:45 to 8 p.m., the two 2010 winners will perform their last songs as Junior Idol and Idol. The current winners will be announced and perform. Other guest performers and former winners from years past will also perform throughout the evening. Special thanks from the Copper Basin Chamber of Commerce, proud sponsor of Copper Basin Idol 2011, are extended to Trendz Restaurant for auditions, Pinal County for auditions in the Kearny Administration Building, Copper Basin News for articles, Hayden/Winkelman School District for Auditorium and of course anyone else who may have not been formally mentioned but who was helpful to the cause and just as appreciated. Plan on attending and cheering for your favorite contestant. 50 Cents Easter Bunny visits Hayden, Kearny Copper Basin Idol 2011 to be held May 13 in Winkelman Four students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa at CAC’s Aravaipa Campus By Guy Harrison Media and Marketing Specialist WINKELMAN, Ariz. – Four students from Central Arizona College’s Aravaipa Campus were rewarded for their excellence in the classroom on April 19 with induction into Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society of the Two Year Colleges. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages the academic achievement of two-year college students and provides opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming. To be eligible for induction, students must compile a 3.5 grade point average. Amanda Carter, Kari Ramsey, Alex Villanueva and Lisa Walker were selected for induction. Nancy Deegan, Central Arizona College’s librarian, alum and guest speaker at the induction, offered valuable advice for the inductees during an impassioned speech before an audience of inductee friends and families as well as college administrators. “Do your best to plan, but be flexible,” she said. “It’s not a race to get that degree, it’s about the journey.” In addition, two CAC staff members were given recognition as honorary Phi Theta Kappa members. Jill Coleman and Evelyn Friend were chosen by the Alpha Theta Delta chapter for their dedication and contributions to Phi Theta Kappa. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Hayden and Kearny host Easter Egg Hunts Saturday. See more photos, Page 4. (Photos by James Carnes and Vicki Clark) The newly inducted Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members--Lisa Walker, Amanda Carter, and Alex Villanueva--turn to the crowd for a round of applause. The Central Arizona College students were inducted to the international honor society Tuesday April 19 on the Aravaipa campus. Lisa Walker will be the new secretary. Lynda Dickey, a previous inductee, will be the new vice president. Jill Coleman and Evelyn Friend were welcomed as new honorary members. (Lana Jones photo) Society was established by Missouri two-year college presidents in 1918 and serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students. The society provides opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members and 1,200 chapters located in the United States, U.S. Territories, Canada and Germany. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges. Kearny, Hayden to ﬂush water lines The Town of Kearny will be flushing the water lines on May 4, starting at 8 a.m. Employees will start across the highway, and work their way through the town. Questions? Call Kearny Town Hall, 520-363-5547. The Town of Hayden will be flushing water lines on May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. Please refrain from washing any clothes for several hours ,after the lines on your street have been flushed.