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What the Devil won't tell you

Bonding for road repair is a horrible idea, but likely necessary

Debt is for the new refrigerator. It's not for weekly groceries. Still, we all gotta eat, right? Pima County faces no option other than taking on debt to pay for much-needed maintenance.... Read more»

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Guest opinion

Huckelberry: More to Pima County budget than just the total amount

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at the end of May took one of the interim steps required by state law to pass the annual county budget and set the expenditure limit for next fiscal year at $1.35 billion. That means that when they consider final budget adoption at the June 19 meeting, no matter what changes they may seek, the budget can't be any more than $1.35 billion. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pima County impasse over sales tax for roads a result of Dem gerrymandering

Five votes can not be found among Pima supervisors to raise taxes to fix roads because two of those seats only answer to Republican voters. Democrats saw to that. Strict party-line votes are the result of drawing boundaries to protect incumbents.... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Traffic calming, or segregation, in Miramonte neighborhood?

Faced with a traffic project encoded with a "keep out" message, I'm left to fight a palpable pattern of segregation in my own backyard and disregard for the safety of children where I live. This can not go unchallenged. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Christy: New half-cent RTA tax could fund Pima County road repairs

County Supervisor Steve Christy: Repeal the just-passed property tax for roads and instead pass a countywide sales tax. "With our 'Just Fix the Roads' plan, the RTA can begin to conquer our deteriorating and failed roads."... Read more»1

Phoenix freeways getting a better sensor of traffic congestion ahead

The Arizona Department of Transportation is installing pavement sensors that will allow the transportation agency to more accurately track traffic flow on Phoenix-area freeways. ... Read more»

Prop. 101

Tucson sales-tax bump passes easily; will fund police, fire & roads

In a special election Tuesday, Tucson voters approved a half-cent increase in the city's sales tax by a wide margin: 41,000 yes ballots to 25,000 no votes. Proposition 101 was OKed by a majority of those voting in every ward. It will take effect July 1, and fund police and fire equipment, and road repairs.... Read more»

Growing pains on roads across Arizona

Mayor Sandy Moriarty is used to getting these messages: frustrated emails from residents blaming Sedona’s traffic problems on tourists, asking the city to stop marketing to them. Occasionally, she’ll pick up an angry call with similar exasperated “rants.”... Read more»

Monday deadline to register to vote in Tucson sales tax election

The deadline to register to vote in next month's special election on a half-cent city sales tax is midnight on Monday, April 17. You can register online or check your current registration at ServiceArizona.com.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson sales tax referendum confirms erosion is no hoax

Stuff breaks. Erosion happens. Things cost money. These are the realities prompting Prop. 101, the sales-tax bump going before city voters in just a few weeks.... Read more»

State of the City

Rothschild: Tucson a 'reliable partner' with business

The text of Mayor Rothschild's "State of the City" speech, delivered Thursday: "The City of Tucson is a good partner, a reliable partner, as we've proven time and time again during my tenure as mayor." Rothschild made his case for an increase in Tucson's sales tax, asking voters to OK it at an upcoming special election to help fund police, fire and road repairs.... Read more»

Dirt roads help some cities, counties drive down costs

A quiet movement to resuscitate deteriorating paved roads by converting them to gravel is proving popular across the country.... Read more»

Tucson to ask voters for half-cent sales tax increase to fund fire, cops and roads

The Tucson City Council will ask voters at a May 16 special election to approve a half-cent sales tax that would raise $50 million per year, mostly for new fire and police vehicles and gear, and to maintain crumbling roads in the city... Read more»1

2017 could bring a lot of talk about increasing sales taxes

Tucson and Pima County residents could see up to four proposals for sales-tax increases next year — to pay for for road repairs, police and fire equipment, preschool subsidies and property-tax cuts.... Read more»1

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Sunshine Mile born to die for progress

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has tagged Broadway between Euclid and Country Club as an endangered place alongside San Francisco's Embarcadero, the Louisiana steamship the Delta Queen, the James River in Virginia and See's Candy on Broadway. One of these things doesn't belong.... Read more»2

'Sunshine Mile' of Broadway named endangered historic place

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added Tucson's Sunshine Mile to its 2016 list of America's 11 most endangered historic places. They say its mid-20th century buildings are threatened by the planned widening of Broadway in Midtown. ... Read more»

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