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THE 30 DAY CHALLENGE TO FIND ROAD MONEY
WHERE'S OUR ROAD MONEY?
Here's what we found in our 30 Day Challenge to find road money.
Day 30: Want to know how much HURF and VLT money Pima County has received for our roads during the period 2008-2017? Think about this as you drive over our roads, trying to avoid potholes, and being asked to pay more taxes:
Day 29: Road Repairs: The Cost of Not Having Your Voice Heard ... Sales tax, property tax, and road repairs. On November 29, 2017, Interim Transportation Department Director Olivares issued a memo re local road repair recommendations. Staff recommendations for District 1 road repairs did not take into consideration the recommendations proposed by District 1 Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) reps Chris DeSimone and Reggie Drout. Example: Hidden Valley subdivisions were excluded from county staff recommendation list. District 1 TAC reps objected and responded, "We proposed adding Hidden Valley to the road repair list. Our modifications to the list were ignored by a 7:6 vote from committee members not even involved with District 1 roads." Hidden Valley residents read here. Why bother leading the public to think they have a say in their roads if this was virtually a "done deal" using a pre-determined prioritization model? Read the full document. Estimated costs for 17 committee/community meetings held and 12 upcoming sales tax meetings, document preparation, printing costs for meeting materials, etc. ................................................................................$25,000-$50,000 est.
Day 28: Annual Maintenance Costs for "The Loop" ... annual cost estimate is $30,000 per mile x 131 miles completed = $3,930,000 per year. Funding source: Flood Control District (Flood Control reimburses Parks & Recreation for providing maintenance of the Loop). Flood Control District funds are derived from your Secondary Property Tax! It's not about the benefits of the Loop; it's about the lack of basic core services like "safe" roads which are critical for the community, economic development, law enforcement and emergency services, among others. Core road improvement services were needed long before the start of the Loop in 2005. It's not about needing more taxes, it's about spending priorities. Maintenance costs for the Loop for the next five years will be .............................................. $19,650,000
Day 27: Kino South Sports Bridge Installation (yes, that's right!) ... read the memo dated Sept. 25, 2017 re: Kino South Sports Complex-Alternatives to Accelerate Project. Despite voters saying "NO" in the 2015 Bond Election, the "County" decided to move forward with this portion of the project on July 10, 2017. Increase in Master Agreement for $1.5 mil ... read the fine print on page 3 of the memo .... $1,500,000
Day 26: Promotional Funds budgeted for the "Loop Celebration" ........ $50,000
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It is estimated that we need $400 million to fix our local roads. The newly appointed, but probably soon to be disbanded, Property Tax Advisory Committee suggests we will need in excess of $1 billion when combined with road repair needs of the City of Tucson. County Administrator Huckelberry says, "our only option is to act on our own to raise revenues for pavement preservation and road repair." My response is:
We Already Have The Revenue ...
We Just Need To Prioritize Our Spending
To demonstrate my point, I'm kicking-off the "THIRTY DAY CHALLENGE TO FIND OUR ROAD MONEY" ... check-in daily and you'll see how soon we can identify existing revenue to fix our roads! Click on each link to read about the project.
|1||HURF and VLT - 2016 State Shared Revenue||$85,000,000|
|2||World View "Balloon" Enterprises and SpacePort||$17,179,000|
|3||Rocking K CFD (Arterial Road) for Diamond Ventures Development||$15,000,000|
|4||Kino South Sports Complex (Completion: 3/11/2020)||$18,600,000|
Old Courthouse Renovations (voters said "NO" to this purpose)
|6||American Airlines Bailout ||$100,000|
Kino South Sports Complex: Soccer fields (principal)(County appraised value - $8,380,000)
|8||Kino South Sports Complex: Soccer fields (interest)||$1,308,874|
|9||County Photovoltaic Energy Facilities||$36,091,000|
|10||Accelerate Diagnostics (a "start-up" company who conducted a Public Offering in December 2015 raising $109 million, but still receiving benefits as a "start-up" company)||$1,874,372|
|11||The Loop: a 131 mile infrastructure project which ranked higher than road pavement preservation||$70,000,000|
|12||St. Demetrius (purchase of church land)||$950,000|
|13||Wastewater Facility (Dodge Road)||$1,000,000|
|14||State Highway Fund - Special Distribution (released 10/18/17)||$3,185,200|
|15||Arizona Bowl Sponsorship (why not funded from Visit Tucson who received $3.766 million from Pima County Bed-Tax revenue?)||$40,000|
|16||Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) / Sun Corridor contract (12 contracts plus amendments) - Note: Private employment reported down by 2,400 from last year||$9,444,403|
|17||University of Arizona (dba Arizona Board of Regents) for continued funding in support of operations of the hospital at Banner-University Medical Center and UA College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Program (annual allocation)||$15,000,000|
|18||Downtown Court Complex (Bond package listed for $76 million / Actual expenses = $141,276,344 which means $61,872,366 over budget)||$61,872,366|
|19||Pima County Fleet Services Building (1291 S. Mission Road Complex - Budget = $14 million / Actual expenses = $18 million)||$4,000,000|
|20||Painted Hills land purchase ($7.5 million = $3 million Open Space funds plus $4.5 million from General fund)||$7,500,000|
|21||Water Distribution Service (desert water stations): 15 contracts issued from 6/5/2001 thru 7/1/2017. Funding source for years 2008-2014 and 2016 = Pima County Community Economic Development / General Funds||$358,000|
|22||Master Agreement for Furniture- to furnish new or remodeled county facilities and replace aging furniture. One year contract with four (4) one year renewal options ($3,500,000 x 5 = $17.5 million) - Do we really need $17.5 million of furniture when roads are in such a state of repair? Funding source: General Fund||$17,500,000|
JobPath: June 20, 2017 - Supervisors were asked to approve an Outside Agency funding recommendation in the amount of $500,000 (no contract was provided); June 20, 2017 - Chair Bronson signed Contract CT-ED-18-004 for $600,000 which is $100,000 more than the contract approved by the Supervisors on the same day of June 20, 2017; Funding Source: General Funds
|24||Barker Contracting (pending approval): Agenda Item #9 Board meeting 11/7/17 - to provide for Pima County Historic Courthouse infrastructure; transfer out of the General Fund; total program budget: $8.5 million; Supervisors Miller and Christy object; Supervisor Valadez offers substitute motion to continue the item||$850,679|
|25||United Way (Employee Combined Appeal Program Campaigns): Four (4) contracts from 2014-2017 totaling $233,910.23 paid for with General Funds. Supervisors Miller and Christy voted in opposition to the 2017 contract approved by the Board. Read the full story ....||$233,910.23|
|26||The Celebration of the $70 million dollar "LOOP" ... these funds are designated for "Promotional Items"||$50,000|
|(Days 27 - 30 are listed at the top of the page)|