Pursuant to Section 2-107(C) of the Administrative Rules and Procedures Ordinance and Section 8-307 of the Business Sales Tax Ordinance (subchapter 3 of the Tax Ordinances), the Kayenta Township Commission (“Commission”) hereby provides notice of a proposed action to increase the Business Sales Tax from five percent (5%) to six percent (6%) by amending Sections 8.303 and 8.311(G) of the Business Sales Tax Regulations. The proposed amendments are as follows: http://kayentatownship-nsn.gov/Home/PDF/tax_6.pdf
On Tuesday, Mar. 6, H.B. 2003 coal mining; TPT; repeal was assigned to the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Rules Committee, respectively. Previously, the bill passed out of the House of Representatives last Thursday, Mar. 1, and was transmitted to the Senate on Monday, Mar. 5. H.B. 2003 is sponsored by Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Dist. 11; Casa Grande, Eloy, Marana, Maricopa, Oro Valley, Tucson. The bill is on the agenda and scheduled to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee next Wednesday, Mar. 14 at 9 a.m. MST.
This legislative alert seeks to inform LD-7 constituents of this bill and its potential impacts district-wide. The office of Sen. Peshlakai encourages district and state residents’ input and feedback through the legislature’s ‘Request To Speak’ system.
On November 21, 2014 the Navajo Nation Council approved resolution CN-54-14, which amended Title 24 of the Navajo Nation code by enacting the Healthy Dine Nation Act of 2014. Also known as the Junk Food Tax.
The amendment to Title 24 introduces a tax rate of 2%, which will be used for farming, parks, wellness, health food initiatives, biking trails, swimming pools and other projects relating to wellness.
With the Navajo Nation making this amendment to Title 24, the Kayenta T…ownship wants to be able to collect on these taxes (junk food tax) and use the revenue from this tax to do wellness projects in Kayenta.
The Navajo Nation currently collects the tax and distributes the tax to other communities and if Kayenta Township adopts this junk food tax we can collect these taxes here locally and keep the tax here in Kayenta where it belongs.
***Please note that the Kayenta Township wants to keep the current 2% junk food tax here in Kayenta that the Navajo Nation currently collects. NOT add another 2% tax on top of the current junk food tax.***
The Kayenta Township currently operates the Kayenta Fitness Center and hosts healthy events i.e. Field day, mud run, adventure club, skate board competitions and is currently in the process of working with Indigenous Design Studio + Architecture, LLC on completing the designs for the Kayenta recreation park.
If this tax is approved and adopted during the Kayenta Township Commission August 14, 2017 regular monthly meeting, we can work on developing more wellness programs in Kayenta.
We are currently seeking comments on the Junk Food Tax which is currently being advertised for 30 days. Written comments, statements, arguments and views can be sent to Gabriel Yazzie, Town Manager, Kayenta Township, P.O. Box 1490, Kayenta, Arizona. 86033
WASHINGTON – Statement from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke after the Navajo Nation Council has ratified a new lease with the Salt River Project to provide for continued operations of the Navajo Generating Station through 2019:
“Since the first weeks of the Trump Administration, one of Interior’s top priorities has been to roll up our sleeves with diverse stakeholders in search of an economic path forward to extend NGS and Kayenta Mine operations after 2019. Operating NGS and the Kayenta Mine through 2019 is the first step to meet this priority.
“This Navajo Nation Council’s endorsement of a new lease gives NGS and Kayenta Mine workers a fighting chance and gives Navajo and Hopi economies a moment to regroup for the work ahead. Now, NGS operations can continue while stakeholders examine opportunities for a new operating partner to extend the life of the plant beyond its original 50-year lease.
“I salute Council Speaker Lorenzo Bates and Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye for their leadership and their partnership. Interior is a proud defender of the Nation’s sovereignty – as well as the sovereignty of the Hopi Tribe – as we work together to chart the future of this important facility.”
BACKGROUND: The Navajo Generating Station is a three-unit, 2,250-megawatt, coal-fired power plant located on tribal trust lands leased from the Navajo Nation near Page, Arizona. Coal for NGS comes from the Kayenta Mine located on tribal trust lands leased from the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe.
Current NGS co-owners have expressed their intention to not operate the facility after December 2019; as a result, stakeholders associated with NGS have been jointly discussing the facility’s future in talks facilitated by Interior.
Without the new lease ratified by the Navajo Nation this week, preparations to start the decommissioning of the plant would be required as early as next month. The new lease allows the operating owner of the facility – the Salt River Project – to defer any decommissioning activities until after the original 50-year lease period concludes, in December of 2019. This allows NGS and Kayenta Mine operations to continue in the near-term without interruption, and allows more time to find new ownership for NGS.
WASHINGTON, DC: Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke recently recorded a public service announcement highlighting the importance of purchasing authentic American Indian and Alaska Native art and craftwork in accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, https://www.doi.gov/iacb/472017-secretary-zinke-promotes-indian-artists. Secretary Zinke is an adopted member of the Assiniboine Sioux Tribe of the Fort Peck Reservation.
“I know that some of our country’s most skilled artisans are American Indians and Alaska Natives. Under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, it is illegal to sell any art or craft product in a manner that falsely suggests it is produced by American Indians or Alaska Natives. Take home a treasure from Indian Country and please buy authentic Native American art and craftwork,” states Secretary Zinke.
Harvey Pratt, Chairman of the Interior Department’s Indian Arts and Crafts Board and master Cheyenne-Arapaho artist, welcomes and applauds Secretary Zinke’s public service announcement. “The Indian Arts and Crafts Act is intended to protect Native American artists and artisans who rely heavily on the production and sale of traditional and contemporary art and craftwork to provide their economic livelihood, preserve their rich heritage, and pass along their unique culture from generation to generation”, explains Chairman Pratt.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board, U.S. Department of the Interior, promotes the production, sale, and protection of authentic Native American art and craftwork through its three museums and exhibition programs, on-line Source Directory of authentic Native American art businesses, intellectual property rights protection and consumer education activities, and active enforcement of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.
To learn more, please visit the Indian Arts and Crafts Board’s website (www.doi.gov/iacb) or call them toll free at 1-888-ART-FAKE.