December 30, 2014

Mayor’s Update – December 30, 2014

Mayor’s Update
Tucson, Arizona December 30, 2014
Arizona School and Charitable Tax Credits
The library at Carrillo K-5 Magnet School
The library at Carrillo K-5 Magnet School

Time is running out to take advantage of Arizona’s school and charitable tax credits for 2014.

Make a contribution to an Arizona public school and/or qualifying charitable organization by December 31, 2014 and you could receive tax credits, reducing your tax bill by as much as $400 for an individual or $800 for a married couple filing jointly. And, you do not have to itemize deductions to claim these tax credits.

I especially encourage Tucsonans to take the opportunity to contribute to our Title 1 schools, which lack the financial resources found in more affluent neighborhoods.

What is a Title 1 School?

A school may qualify for federal Title 1 Schoolwide Program funds if not less than 40 percent of the children enrolled, or from the attendance area served, come from low-income families.

Click here for a list of Title 1 district schools where the school district is in the City of Tucson.

Donate Online to a Tucson Public School

Tucson’s school districts have made the process as easy as possible. Below are links to online donation pages for school districts in the City of Tucson.

With students, staff and the Oyama Dragon at Oyama Elementary School
With students, staff and the Oyama Dragon at Oyama Elementary School

Amphitheater Public Schools
Flowing Wells Unified School District

Pima County JTED

Sunnyside Unified School District

Tanque Verde Unified School District

Tucson Unified School District

Vail Unified School District

What is a Qualifying Charitable Organization?

These are 501(c)(3) charities that have applied to and been approved by the Arizona Department of Revenue, after showing that they spend at least 50 percent of their budget on services to low-income individuals, or chronically ill or physically disabled children, and plan to continue to do so.

Click here for a list of qualifying charitable organizations.

Tax Forms and Instructions

Arizona School Tax Credit

Tax Year 2014 Form 322
Tax Year 2014 Form 322 Instructions
Tax Year 2014 Form 301

Tax Year 2014 Form 301 Instructions

List of Title 1 District Schools, District in Tucson


Arizona Charitable Organization Tax Credit

Tax Year 2014 Form 321
Tax Year 2014 Form 321 Instructions
Tax Year 2014 Form 301

Tax Year 2014 Form 301 Instructions

List of Qualifying Charitable Organizations

Former Tucson Mayor George Miller
(October 24, 1922 – December 25, 2014)
Mayor Miller at the unveiling of the World War II Memorial in Armory Park, November 1, 2013
Mayor Miller at the unveiling of the World War II Memorial in Armory Park, November 1, 2013

Former Tucson Mayor George Miller passed away on Christmas Day, after a long illness. He was 92.

Mayor Miller was devoted to Tucson, serving as Tucson’s mayor for 8 years and serving 14 years as a city council member before that.

The Arizona Daily Star printed an article on his legacy on December 25th. A former Marine and World War II veteran, Mayor Miller was wounded in the Battle of Saipan and received a Purple Heart.

In 1953, he gave up his teaching career rather than testify before Senator McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee. Mayor Miller returned to teaching after retiring from public office, teaching history and government at Pima Community College and later, as a volunteer, teaching citizen-preparation classes through Pima County’s adult education program.

On the council and as mayor, his legacy includes Kidco after-school programs, a merit selection process for city magistrates, and Tucson’s sign code. CAP water came to Tucson under Mayor Miller’s watch, increasing our water security, and he championed the ballot initiative that created the Rio Nuevo District which, after a rocky start, is beginning to pay off in downtown redevelopment.

I knew George for most of my life and spoke with him from time to time since becoming mayor myself, always valuing his perspective and experience. George was a caring, decent, hardworking man who walked his talk. He will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 11th at the Jewish Community Center, 3800 East River Road, Tucson. The public is invited to attend.

Christmas Tree Recycling

The City of Tucson offers a number of locations where you can “TreeCycle” from now until January 11th. Please remove all decorations and tree stands before dropping trees off at TreeCycle sites. The city will not collect Christmas trees from curbs and alleys, so please bring your trees to one of the locations below.

The following TreeCycle sites are open during daylight hours, seven days a week.

Golf Links Sports Park, 2400 S. Craycroft Rd., northwest of Craycroft Rd. and Golf Links Rd.
Los Reales Landfill, 5300 E. Los Reales Rd. (follow signs)
Oro Valley lot, 660 W. Naranja Dr.
Purple Heart Park, 10050 E. Rita Rd., southeast corner of Rita Rd. and Esmond Loop
Rillito Race Track, 4502 N. 1st Ave., east parking lot (follow signs)
Silverbell site, northeast of Goret Rd. and Silverbell Rd. (follow signs)
Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave., northeast of Irvington Rd. and 6th Ave.
Udall Park, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd., south of ball fields (follow signs)

From January 2nd through the 11th, you can pick up free mulch from shredded Christmas trees at Udall Park, Randolph Golf Course or the Los Reales Landfill. Be sure to bring your own container.

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