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Oct 03

Access ID Cards Discounted During October

Posted to Association News by Adam Rosen

Your Access ID card is more than your key to unlocking amazing community amenities; it’s your identification as a resident of our community authorized to use those community assets. Our Community Patrol team use Access ID cards to verify residency when patrolling at the pools or the gym.

Each homeowner is entitled to two free Access ID cards. Additional cards can be purchased, and this month, the management team will offer Village at Vistancia cards* at a special discounted price of $6. This is a great chance to replace any lost cards or to purchase them for children who might not have their own cards yet.

Cards will be issued to those residing in the home; exceptions will be made in special circumstances. Youth must be 10 years old to have their own Access ID cards. Those ages 10-13 will only have access to the MVC Gym. At age 14, they can access all amenities.

I can’t stress enough the importance of carrying your Access ID card with you whenever using community amenities. Community Patrol will be conducting ID checks more often to ensure amenities are being used properly by residents and their guests. As a reminder, each homeowner is allowed to bring two guests. Those using the amenities without proper identification may be asked to leave the property.

Additionally, our maintenance team has recently added security alarms to the doors along the northern glass wall of the MVC Gym. These doors are now emergency exits and should not be used to grant entry to the building. Please use the doors at either end of the building, which are accessible with your Access ID cards. Opening the emergency exit doors will cause an alarm to sound.

Purchasing an Access ID card is simple. Stop by the Association Office between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and visit me at the front desk. An adult must accompany a child who needs an ID. The individual who will be using the card must be present, as the cards require a photo.

Please note: this is for a new or replacement ID. Residents may have one active ID card per person at a time.

*Residents of Acacia Grove and Primrose Estates can receive additional or replacement cards for those neighborhood amenities, as well, for an additional $6.
Apr 25

Lack of Rain and Low Humidity

Posted to Landscaping Tips by Adam Rosen

For the next couple of months, the weather forecasters are not optimistic about our drought coming to an end. Typically, June is hot and the driest month of the year and we receive very little rainfall.  It is important to check your irrigation system to ensure it is functioning at its’ peak so you waste as little water as possible.

Here are some tips for managing your irrigation system:

  • Check the start times and programs to be sure the days are set correctly
  • Run your turf stations just before dawn to minimize evaporation
  • Check nozzles on turf heads to ensure they are covering the intended target and not clogged
  • Run tree station once per week and try to water to a depth of 3 feet
  • Run shrub stations 2-3 times per week for an hour
  • Run turf stations 3-4 times per week and check for hot spots
  • Use a screwdriver to check on water penetration in your lawn areas
Apr 25

City of Peoria Truth in Taxation Hearing: Notice of Taxes Remaining the Same

Posted to Peoria News by Adam Rosen

The City of Peoria’s fiscal year 2019 total property tax rate is proposed to stay the same as the prior fiscal year 2018 at $1.44/$100 of assessed value. The secondary rate is proposed to decrease by $0.10/$100 of assessed value while the primary rate is proposed to increase by $0.10/$100 of assessed value. The result is net zero on the total property tax rate. For example, if your $100,000 home did not change in value, then the Peoria property tax levy would still be $144 for both the current year and next year.

The Taxation Hearing information is required by Arizona Revised Statutes and only addresses the primary property tax (see below). However, Peoria has both a primary and a secondary property tax. 

Any change in your Peoria property tax bill is due to assessed valuation changes in your home. Again, the required information below only talks about the primary property tax and does not state the equal amount of decrease in the secondary property tax, which equates to a zero net change in Peoria’s total property tax rate.

The information below is required by Arizona Revised Statutes and only addresses the primary property tax.

In compliance with section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, the city of Peoria is notifying its property taxpayers of Peoria’s intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year’s level. Peoria is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $1,517,507 or 59.60 percent. For example, the proposed tax increase will cause Peoria’s primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase from $18.17 to $29.

This proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides.

All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held on May 15, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Peoria City Council Chamber, 8401 W. Monroe Street, Peoria, Arizona. This news release meets requirements for public notification under state law.