There’s a little less pain at the pump in Prescott and across the state. Triple A Arizona spokeswoman Linda Gorman says drivers are paying an average price at the pump below 3 dollars per gallon for the first time since 2009. Gorman cites several factors for continued declines. In the Prescott quad cities area, the average price per gallon is $2.38. This is down from last year’s price of $3.33. Tucson has the highest fuel average at $2.60, while Flagstaff has the lowest average at $2.15.
A Prescott Valley sales tax increase has passed its first hurdle. Last night Town Council heard presentations on the increase from the current 2.33 percent to 2.83 percent. Council was told the increase is needed for road improvements and public safety needs. Some residents who were in attendance at the meeting indicated they didn’t receive any information until a day or two before a vote was scheduled. Councilwoman Lora Lee Nye explains she and other Council members tried to get the word out. Some attendees at the meeting also criticized Council for rushing the increase through. Councilwoman Mary Mallory says that’s not the case. Resident Reed Winfrey says he understands the difficult decisions council has to make. Winfrey adds he knows firsthand about the need for road improvements. Councilman Steven Marshall, who said he wouldn’t approve any new taxes when he ran for his position, voted against preliminary approval. With final approval possibly later this month, the increase would go into effect on January 1st.