Talk of the Town: New River-Desert Hills Incorporation Proposal

Some rural residents hope to combine New River and Desert Hills into one formalized town. They aim to include some of Anthem’s businesses, and then likely add a local sales tax. But a number of residents—rural and suburban—are voicing opposition. Learn the pros & cons, the process, and what it means to be a town.

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Home Prices Spike, Inventories Stay Tight

The average price of existing home sales jumped significantly in August across all five NoPho zones—the Norterra area, Tramonto & Sonoran Foothills area, New River & Desert Hills, Anthem Parkside and Anthem Country Club. Meanwhile, sales shot up 17 percent compared to last August, leaving inventories tight, especially Norterra and Anthem Parkside.

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Rural Residents Face April 30 Water Shutoff

A water-hauling station to serve residents of New River and Desert Hills will be operational by the end of July, the utility EPCOR now says. But in this months-long saga, rural residents now face, yet again, a gap in their water supply. The City of Phoenix won’t yet say if it will extend a deadline to shut off the supply of hauled water for some 1,500 rural residents April 30.

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Rural Residents Applaud Anthem’s Approval of Water-Hauling Station

Applause broke out among about 70 rural residents at a board meeting last night as Anthem Community Council approved plans from EPCOR to build a water-hauling station to serve residents of New River and Desert Hills. Now the race is on to build the facility before Phoenix shuts off the rural water supply April 30.

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