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November 7, 2017 -- DAY 25 of the 30 DAY CHALLENGE:  $399,937,804.23

(see full details below)



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.

THIRTY-DAY CHALLENGE:  DAY 25 = $399,937,804.23

DAY                           DESCRIPTION                                                         AMOUNT
1HURF and VLT - 2016 State Shared Revenue$85,000,000
2World View "Balloon" Enterprises and SpacePort$17,179,000
3Rocking K CFD (Arterial Road) for Diamond Ventures Development$15,000,000
4Kino South Sports Complex (Completion: 3/11/2020)$18,600,000

Old Courthouse Renovations ​(voters said "NO" to this purpose)

American Airlines Bailout 

Kino South Sports Complex:  Soccer fields (principal)​(County appraised value - $8,380,000)

Kino South Sports Complex:  Soccer fields (interest)
County Photovoltaic Energy Facilities
10Accelerate 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
11The Loop: a 131 mile infrastructure project which ranked higher than road pavement preservation$70,000,000
12St. Demetrius (purchase of church land)$950,000
13Wastewater Facility (Dodge Road)
14State Highway Fund - Special Distribution (released 10/18/17)$3,185,200
15Arizona Bowl Sponsorship (why not funded from Visit Tucson who received $3.766 million from Pima County Bed-Tax revenue?)
16Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) / Sun Corridor contract (12 contracts plus amendments) - Note: Private employment reported down by 2,400 from last year
17University 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)
18Downtown Court Complex (Bond package listed for $76 million / Actual expenses = $141,276,344 which means $61,872,366 over budget)
19Pima County Fleet Services Building (1291 S. Mission Road Complex - Budget = $14 million / Actual expenses = $18 million)
20Painted Hills land purchase ($7.5 million = $3 million Open Space funds plus $4.5 million from General fund)
21Water 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
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

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

24Barker 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
25United 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