ENVIRONMENTAL FEE The Town Council met and discussed the possibility of an environmental fee dating back to 2007. After discussing and reviewing other options at 18 separate meetings, the Town Council voted on November 20, 2014, to approve a $3 per month fee, billed as $36 annually, per parcel to offset the costs of an Environmental Program for the Town. The environmental fee revenue will support a number of important environmental programs, many of which are mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Clean Water Act, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Government mandated requirements the Town must undertake are street sweeping, dust control, dam inspection and maintenance, and securing EPA/ADEQ permits. The environmental fee will also help pay for additional safety items such as storm water management, wash drainage and maintenance, on-call storm damage cleanup, and a household hazardous waste collection day for residents. Unlike cities and towns that have environmental fees that are passed along to residents in their water and sewer bills, the Town of Fountain Hills does not operate its own water and sewer utilities and is unable to
pass along these fees to residents on their utility bills. After analyzing other billing options for managing the distribution and collection of approximately 15,000 bills, it was determined it would be more cost effective to contract with a company with expertise in billing services versus the Town performing the billing and collections itself. The Town issued a Request for Proposals to multiple companies that could assist the town in billing for the environment fee. Town staff evaluated a proposal from AMS Billing Services (AMS) and concluded that it not only met the contractual Town requirements but also had expertise in similar types of municipal billings around the country. The environmental fee will help the Town pay for complying with federal and state mandates as well as other important services designed to maintain the safety of residents in the Town of Fountain Hills. Without the fee revenue, the Town of Fountain Hills could find itself paying hefty fines for non-compliance of these mandates or possibly reducing other Town services in order to pay for these services. The 2018 Environmental Fee bill of $36.00 will be mailed to residents in January 2018 from the AMS billing offices in Florida. Contact information for AMS Billing Services can be found on the bill.
HOME DELIVERED MEALS Our program provides nutritious noon-time meals to Fountain Hill’s residents in need of meal assistance.
NEW CLIENTS • Clients choose what days each week they want meals delivered. • New clients must stay on the program for a minimum of two weeks. • Advance notice is required when signing up for the program. • To sign-up to receive meals, please contact the Activity Center at (480) 815-5226.
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VOLUNTEERS • Teams of two volunteers pick up the meals at Fountain View Village kitchen at 10:45 a.m. with a time frame of approximately 1 to 1.5 hours for delivery. • Volunteer opportunities are occasionally available for those with time to give to this rewarding program. Please call or drop by the Activity Center, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. DONATIONS • Donations are graciously accepted to help subsidize and maintain the cost of meals. • Donations may be tax deductable; donor should seek advice from their accountant. • Call or mail donation to Home Delivered Meals, 13001 N La Montana Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 816-5200
ABOUT THE PROGRAM • Meals are prepared fresh daily by the staff of Fountain View Village and delivered seven days a week including all major holidays. • The cost of each meal is $7.00. • Meals are delivered by volunteers between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. • Meals consist of a hot entrée and two side dishes plus a cold sack with salad, dessert, fruit, and milk. • Area Agency on Aging provides financial assistance to clients who are unable to pay for meals. Contact them directly at (602) 264-4357.
Published on Nov 20, 2017