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The Somerton Tamale Festival was created by The EL Diablito Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Chapter which are ASU graduates who have returned to work and live in the Yuma/Somerton/San Luis area. The organization fills an important need by providing scholarships for local students who will attend ASU.
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Somerton is the native region of the Cocopah Nation with seven different entertainment, lodging and cultural attractions: The Cocopah Casino, The Cocopah Resort & Conference Center, The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course, The Cocopah Museum, Cocopah RV and Golf Resort, Cocopah Speedway and Wild River.
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The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course is the exclusive 9-hole golf course owned by the Cocopah Nation located in the City of Somerton.
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Somerton was founded as a township in 1898 every year in the spring we celebrate with the Somerton Greater Days Parade and Block Party.
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The City of Somerton installed 606kW of solar at 4 sites throughout the city. The installations include the Water, Wastewater, Public Safety and Senior facilities. The electricity generated will reduce the electric bill and help keep utility rates down for our community.
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Somerton has several large and successful events -Home to the Somerton Tamale Festival where over 30,000 people swarm Somerton for the annual Tamale Festival every year in the month of December.
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Symbolism of the past and present: In the background the City of Somerton historic water tower considered a local icon and future site of the Centennial Park. Foreshadowed by the newly installed, 272 kW solar project which will reduce the electricity cost on water production for years to come.

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Somerton at a Glance


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Founded: 1898

Incorporated: Yes - 1918

County: Yuma County

Elevation: 103 Feet

Distance To Phoenix: 192 Miles

Distance To Tucson: 248 Miles

Highways: I-8

Enterprise Zone Available

Welcome to the City of Somerton, Arizona

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Scenic Attractions and Principal Economic Activities

Somerton, in the fertile Yuma Valley in southwestern Yuma County, is about 12 miles south of Yuma and 180 miles east of San Diego, at an elevation of 103 feet. It is equidistant from the California and Mexican borders.

Major employers within the city are the Somerton School District, City of Somerton, Regional Center for Border Health, Sunset Community Health Center, Del Sol Market, King Market and the Housing America Corporation.

Somerton is the native region of the Cocopah Nation which is a large employer with seven different entertainment, lodging and cultural attractions: The Cocopah Casino, The Cocopah Resort & Conference Center, The Cocopah Rio Colorado Golf Course, The Cocopah Museum, Cocopah RV and Golf Resort, Cocopah Speedway and Wild River Family Entertainment Center.

Somerton is a community that honors its cultural diversity and heritage home to the Somerton Tamale Festival where over 30,000 people swarm Somerton for the annual Tamale Festival ever year in the month of December. The Somerton Tamale Festival was created by The EL Diablito Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Chapter which are ASU graduates who have returned to work and live in the Yuma/Somerton/San Luis area. The organization fills an important need by providing scholarships for local students who will attend Arizona State University. Throughout the year, they hold various fundraisers to support community causes.

Though Somerton's economy depends primarily upon agriculture, light industry is becoming important. Many residents are employed in citrus and vegetable growing and processing. Somerton also has a developing commercial service sector with ample room for further growth.

Somerton has approved a downtown redevelopment plan that offers a package of incentives for businesses that locate in the downtown area or existing ones to upgrade their premises.


Upcoming Events


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Holiday Light Parade

December 19, 2014

Every 3rd Saturday in December join the City of Somerton to celebrate the Holidays in a fun and imaginative show of lights within our Historic Main Street. Bring the family to see the variety of vehicles, floats and bands decorated by local groups to brighten the night with thousands of lights during this festive time of the year.


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Tamale Festival

December 20, 2014

30,000 people swarm Somerton for the annual Tamale Festival every year in the month of December. The Somerton Tamale Festival was created by The EL Diablito Arizona State University (ASU) Alumni Chapter.


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PetPalooza

February 7, 2015

PetPalooza will bring together pet-centric people and products in a bustling, outdoor carnival. Goods and service vendors will show their wares and provide free samples and giveaways


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Public Notices


Joint Workshop Invitation

Join the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council to learn about the final revisions to the City's new Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance. Date: Monday, October 20, 2014 Time: 6PM - 8PM Location: Public Safety Facility (445 E. Main St. Somerton, AZ For more information, contact Carmen Juarez at (928) 722-7370.

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TRANSACTION PRIVILEGE TAX (TPT) – LICENSE UPDATES 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, the City of Somerton will no longer collect Transaction Privilege Taxes (TPT) through Revenue Discovery Systems (RDS). The City will be transitioning to the Arizona Department of Revenue (AZDOR) collection system. We want to ensure that there is a smooth transition in reporting and paying all TPT transactions. Working toward this end, the Arizona Department of Revenue is requiring all State TPT taxpayers to renew their licenses with the Department and continue to renew their licenses with the appropriate City. In the coming months you will continue to receive information, forms and instruction, from both the State and the Cities until the smooth transition is completed. When you receive a form from the State and/or City, please read the instructions for completing the form(s), and submit all forms to the proper taxing jurisdiction by the due date indicated. It is very important that you return the completed form and payment, if applicable, to the correct entity for handling and processing. We thank you for helping us to make “TPT Simplification” a success. For detailed information on these changes or how to file your TPT, please visit the AZDOR site at https://www.azdor.gov/TPTSimplification.aspx. If you have any questions, please contact the Finance Department at City Hall at 928-722-7300.

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TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING NOTICE OF TAX

TRUTH IN TAXATION HEARING NOTICE OF TAX

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