State to defend county again in tax case

October 4, 2018

KINGMAN — Mohave County supervisors voted Monday to allow the state to defend the county in an ongoing property tax court case.

The supervisors authorized the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to again defend Mohave County in the 2018 property tax court case in Arizona Tax Court between the county and the Arizona Department of Revenue versus South Point Energy Center LLC.

In other action, the supervisors voted to transfer $308,221 to continue the construction of the new Superior Courthouse in Kingman. The transfer would supplement the project funds.

The board also voted to develop a set of bylaws and establish a county commission to make recommendations to the board on public lands and recreation.

The board approved the sheriff’s office’s request for five armored High Mobility Military Vehicles for use in tactical calls, active shooter incidents, rescues, barricaded suspects and critical incidents.

The HMMVs would be used in Mohave Valley, Kingman, Lake Havasu City and the Arizona Strip with one HMMV used as backup. The HMMVs would replace the old, outdated armored vehicle. The only cost to the county would be between $2,200 to $2,500 for delivery costs. The HMMVs have about 6,000 miles.

The supervisors also appointed Denise Burley as county public health director at an annual salary of $102,440. Burley would start Oct. 22.

The board approved a request for GEO Corp. Inc. to use inmate work crews from the private prison in Golden Valley to assist in vegetation removal for wildfire mitigation and to contain the bark beetle outbreak in the Hualapai Mountains.

The board approved an agreement with the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System for inmates treated in local hospitals. The board also voted to suspend AHCCCS benefits for inmates while in custody.

The supervisors accepted the donation of 26 barbecue grills from the Bureau of Reclamation for Davis Camp.

The supervisors also declared October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the county.

The board heard a presentation from NextEra Energy Resources on a proposed 350-MW wind farm on 29,000 acres called the White Hills Wind Project. From 200 to 400 construction jobs and up to 30 operation jobs are expected with the project’s completion by 2020.

The board also heard a presentation from Mohave County Treasurer Cindy Cox on the tax deed process.

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