The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on June 12, 2018 to release two important attorney-client privileged documents pertaining to the Canoa Hills Golf Course donation. These documents shed light on the tax implications and the "change in use" of the golf course, as well as the legality of the County Administrator providing critical information to one Board member while withholding that same information from other Board members.
This action stemmed from Supervisor Miller's request to County Attorney Andrew Flagg seeking an opinion on correspondence she received from a constituent questioning the $100,000 tax penalty that was to be assessed to the owner of the Canoa Hills Golf Course. Read the 4-part communication exchange here:
Part 1: Constituent delivers to Supervisor Miller a copy of Administrator Huckelberry's May 7, 2018 memo addressed to County Attorney Flagg regarding Assessor's belief that tax liability for Canoa Hills Golf Course is approximately $100,000. Read Huckelberry's memo not disclosed to the Supervisors, and Miller's email request to attorney seeking legal opinion. Huckelberry further states, he would "appreciate if you would convey this message to the Assessor and to request that no tax be levied on the property for the next tax roll ...." Huckelberry's memo requesting the golf course not be subject to paying taxes was withheld from the Supervisors.
Part 4: Read County Attorney Flagg's response to Supervisor Miller explaining the legality of Administrator Huckelberry to withhold information from Supervisors. The information withheld includes Huckelberry's memo to Attorney Flagg directing him to inform the Assessor that no tax be levied on the Canoa Hills Golf Course.
Full details on the history of the Canoa Hills Golf Course donation can be found in this website under the link Canoa Hills Golf Course.
MILLER TO SUPERVISORS:
THE TAXPAYERS CAN'T AFFORD US!
Pima County Board of Supervisor Ally Miller stands with Deputy Sheriff Steven West (left) as he receives the National Sheriff's Association Medal of Valor.
In June 2017, Deputy West and his crew rescued a father and four-year old son from raging waters at the Tanque Verde falls. Watch this amazing video of the rescue. Hats off to Deputy West and his crew for their valiant search and rescue teamwork!
SUPERVISORS RELEASE ATTORNEY-CLIENT DOCUMENTS
FROM THE BOARD ROOM ... TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018
FROM THE BOARD ROOM ... TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2018
It was a showdown in the board room today with Supervisor Ally Miller emphasizing to the Board and audience that, "we don't need a sales tax, increased property taxes, or other funding gimmicks which evade transparency to fix our roads. We need to prioritize roads, cut unnecessary expenses, and demonstrate to taxpayers that we can do the job ... if we have a desire to do the job!"
To fix the road repair problem, Miller recommended an Alternate Budget Proposal calling for a reallocation of $31,407,393.07 in general funds to be redistributed. Highlights of the proposal include:
Institute "efficiency improvement goals" in all departments and hold departments responsible for managing and meeting these goals
Immediate hiring freeze in all departments
Reduce Communications Department budget by 50% from $2.2M to $1.13M
Reduce Kino Stadium District expenses by $42,415.70
Reduce Kino Sports Complex capital project of $10,959,514 (postpone improvements while we focus on the roads)
The good news is that by reallocating these funds, we are able to allocate $2M to the Sheriff's Department to meet the Pima County Deputy Association request of an additional $1.8M to meet the goals of the Step Program.
The balance of $29,407,393.07 would be allocated to the Department of Transportation for road repairs. Along with these monies, Miller proposes reducing the operations budget of the Department of Transportation by 20% ($8.6M) and move these monies to fund road repairs. This will provide an additional $38M for road repairs in the next fiscal year!
READ SUPERVISOR MILLER'S ALTERNATE BUDGET PROPOSAL ...
Listen to Supervisor Ally Miller explain why she cannot support passing a sales tax, increasing property taxes, or approving a bond proposal to fund road repairs. Miller states: "We have the money to fix our roads now ... just make it a priority."
Miller unveiled an Alternate Budget Proposal which identifies $31 MILLION to fund road repairs without imposing a sales tax, property tax, or increased bond debt.
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