You've been asking: Where did our road money go? Let's take a look at this situation and find where the road money is being spent ...
During the May 16, 2017 Pima County budget hearings, we heard the County's Director of Transportation state the Transportation Department's 2017/2018 budget request was $43.5 million and is funded 97% with HURF and VLT funds.
What does this mean to you the taxpayer?
The question is: why are HURF and VLT monies being used to fund departmental expenses which are not associated with road preservation and pavement activities?
As I uncover more information about this matter, I will post the information here and keep you apprised of this very critical problem--fixing our deteriorating and pot holed roads!
The Pima County Board of Supervisors meet on the first and third Tuesday of
every Month in the meeting room located at 130 W. Congress in Downtown Tucson. The meetings begin at 9:00am. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings and by completing a speakers card, you are allowed to address the Board for 3 minutes at the Open Call to the Public.
Have questions or County related concerns?
Call (520) 724-2738
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HOW FUNDS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED ...
Funds will be divided among all districts based upon Net Assessed Value since this is a property tax
THE ROAD TAX WILL ...
Generate $19 million in revenue per year. The property tax will be 25 cents per hundred dollars of Net Assessed Value (NAV).
ROADS TO BE FIXED ...
Neighborhood streets only. Arterials and Collectors will be fixed using HURF and VLT funds.
This tax will sunset in five years. Most importantly, the Supervisors in each district will have the authority to determine where the road monies are spent. Only a simple majority of the Board of Supervisors is required to pass this Road Tax. If approved, I intend to devise a transparent and fair process to determine how the funding will be spent to fix District 1 roads. You can read Administrator Huckelberry's full proposal here.
I will continue to post updated information on this website as it is released. If you have any questions, please contact me by clicking on CONTACT US and submit your concern. I strive to serve you in the best possible way and to make sure District 1 needs are addressed in a responsible and ethical manner. Thank you for your support.
District 1 - Board of Supervisor
Board of Supervisors' Meetings
HOT OFF THE PRESS ... GET THE FACTS STRAIGHT
May 19, 2017 -- Apparently, I need to clarify the road tax. It will be dedicated to roads with specific provisions. I support this dedicated funding stream from property tax revenues until we get the HURF statutes revised to ensure monies get to roads (read Where's the Road Money? below). This tax is being discussed as part of the overall budget discussions. As I stated earlier ... 11 cents of the 25 has already been found by reducing spending in other areas. This DOES NOT mean I will support a property tax increase. This means I support this dedicated funding stream. Please show up at the Supervisors' meeting on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 9:00 am so you get the FACTS straight from me. Follow my FACT discussion on Facebook.
Where's The Road Money?
NEWS BULLETIN - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2017 -- Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry announced his plans on how to fix our county roads. To accomplish this task, he proposes the Board of Supervisors approve a ROAD TAX that will be assessed against property valuations. I do not agree with increasing taxes, but recognize the need to find a solution to fix our roads. I am currently reviewing his plan to determine if alternate methods can be implemented to achieve the same goal: to fix our county roads. Highlights of his plan include:
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