2018 AJ Chamber Business Fair

The Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Fair is back! Join them on January 27 at Gold Canyon RV and Golf Resort and on March 10 at Dolce Vita at Superstition Mountain from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. It is a free community event that brings together residents & visitors with the local businesses. Not only do visitors get to meet & greet the trades, they also get to participate in raffles, enjoy food and drink free coffee! The Chamber is now accepting vendor applications and recommends getting them in prior to January 15th. Please stop by the Chamber or email events@ajchamber.com for the vendor application. For more information please call 480-982-3141.

Alarm Users Notice

On January 17, 2017, the Apache Junction City Council passed and adopted an update to the City Codes regarding Security Alarm Systems (Volume 1, Chapter 16, Security Alarms Systems) and the Public Safety Fee Schedule (Volume 1, Chapter 4, Article 4-7 (Public Safety Fee Schedule), Section 4-7-1, Subsection J (Security Alarm Permit Fees).

The proposed changes to the City Codes were recommended and passed for the following reasons:

  1. Reducing the number of false alarms received from businesses and residences.
  2. Addressing officer safety as a result of recurring false alarms.
  3. Encouraging and educating residents and business owners to register their alarms systems with the City as required by city ordinance.
  4. Updating the alarm permit program and better aligning it with surrounding jurisdictions.
  5. Enhancing prioritization in all calls for service.
  6. Providing an improved response to actual alarms for burglaries and robberies.

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If It Ain’t Broke...

f your business received a letter from the Arizona Revenue Department (ADOR) informing you that the $50 Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT or sales tax) license is now $2, I’ll bet you were thrilled. But wait, there’s more... you will have to go to the City Clerk’s office here in AJ and get your $50 business license for 2018. Oh, I know. Blame it all on the greedy city; however, let’s look at the entire story before passing judgment. First, a bit of background: Because the city doesn’t have a property tax, the programs and events the city offers are funded primarily by TPT funds, along with grants, etc. And about half of the city’s general fund is comprised of TPT funds. Continue reading...

Lost Dutchman Realty

Charlie Wise and Larry Stover opened Lost Dutchman Realty in April, 2011. The business consisted of two guys, 1,200 square feet and a dream. Unlike so many Dutch hunters, though, Charlie and Larry knew exactly where the gold was: right here in Apache Junction, where they were born and raised. In 2014, the realtors moved their growing business to a new office at 1075 S. Idaho Rd. Four years later, the duo had built one of the largest realty businesses in the East Valley, with 20 licensed agents mining the local real estate market – and they were out of space again. In December, 2017, they moved to a 3,200 square foot office located all the way across the parking lot from their prior location, to suite 300 (previously the CAAFA office). Continue reading...

Mountain View Funeral Home

Albert Coury, who founded Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery in 1951, was a compassionate man who believed in the importance of families. He wanted a beautiful green cemetery where families could feel at ease spending time with loved ones. 66 years later, Mountain View is still owned and operated by the Coury family. Inheriting the values of his father and grandfather before him, Greg Coury represents the third generation to tend the needs of the cemetery. In 2016, Mountain View was voted cemetery of the year. Continue reading...