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!"
FROM THE BOARD ROOM ... TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018
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 ...
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MILLER TO SUPERVISORS:
THE TAXPAYERS CAN'T AFFORD US!
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.