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The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.The newly expanded facility isMore >>
The Montgomery area food bank will celebrate the grand opening of their newly expanded facility. The expansion was built onto the existing facility on Trade Center Street.More >>
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The strategically positioned southeastern Ukraine town of Novoazovsk appears firmly under the control of Russia-backed separatists as concerns grow about the opening of a new front in the Ukraine conflict.More >>
"Russian forces have entered Ukraine," the country's president declared Thursday, cancelling a foreign trip and calling an emergency meeting of his security council. Reports from analysts to separatist rebels to NATO...More >>
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The search area for a missing Malaysian airliner in the southern Indian Ocean has been refined based on the latest analysis, while the investigation into how the plane came to crash cannot proceed until the...More >>
Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new...More >>
Thursday, August 28 2014 6:47 AM EDT2014-08-28 10:47:14 GMT
A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened. Bobby Ray McCombs brothersMore >>
A Butler County family can't believe that the man convicted of their loved one's death has been allowed to leave prison and work near where they live and where the crime happened.
On July 3, several days after the fire erupted in Yarnell, a company named Pictometry International flew over the damage and captured images. They let the county use them for free for the past two months, but now if the county still wants access for tax assessor purposes, it'll cost them.
Yavapai County Assessor Pamela Pearsall said while they had boots on the ground reassessing the values of fire-damaged homes, they did so quickly.
"Seventeen hundred appraisals, it's possible I made a mistake or two," said Pearsall. She said their images don't capture the same detail at Pictometry International's. Now property owners have three years to file an appeal, and Pearsall said the pictures would help remove any doubt of what condition the property was left in.
"I could pull it up as of July 3, I could see exactly what I missed," Pearsall said.
But it's going to cost the county nearly $9,700, and Pearsall said she will have to find the money somewhere in her budget, and perhaps forego reassessing homes in a rural community this year. They have to assess the rural communities once every four years, and instead of going on a planned trip to Ashfork, for example, they may count Yarnell as their rural assessment trip for this year.
"That doesn't sound like an enormous sum of money or a waste," said taxpayer Corey McCoy.
"There are already people who have taken pictures so it doesn't have to be that much," said taxpayer Duke Miller.
Pearsall said she'll try and negotiate with the company to bring that price down but will ask the county board of supervisors to approve the purchase.
"I think if you're a Yarnell taxpayer, it's something you want your money to go for and I think also if you were just a Yavapai County client, you'd think, well, it's good to have it right, it's good to have it documented," Pearsall said. She said she plans on presenting her research to the board of supervisors in about two weeks.
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