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City's hike of some Tucson Water rates raises tensions with Pima County

Pima County officials said they may sue after the Tucson City Council voted to raise rates on users outside municipal limits. Friction over water has led to a renewal of a war of words, as politicians air long-standing grievances, including claims that stances are "greedy" and "borderline criminal."... Read more»

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Jun 24, 2021, 9:41 pm
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I completed the Open Town Hall survey on 12 May of this year in response to the request for citizen input regarding the City Council proposal to institute differential water rates for county residents not residing in incorporated territory.

My wife and I have been voting and tax-paying residents of Pima County since 15 November 1995. By chance and definitely not by intent, the home we purchased lies on the east side of Houghton Road just north of Catalina Highway, perhaps a quarter mile outside the Tucson city limit.

For all the years we have called Tucson home, most of our commercial, medical, social, religious and political activities have taken place within the city limits.  This includes the vehicles we have purchased or leased at an appreciable sales tax increase over similar purchases had they been made in the county.

I will not call the proposed increase in county-dwellers’ water rates, whatever it may be, arbitrary and capricious.  I will say it appears premature and not adequately justified.  On behalf of one oh-so-close but not quite city household, I asked Mayor and Council to table the proposal and initiate serious conversations among all parties within and outside incorporated areas of Pima County.  I’ve received no indication that those of us who raised questions or outright opposition have been taken seriously.  Their action this Tuesday makes it seem likely that we were not.

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Jun 29, 2021, 5:24 pm
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Expect more people. We’re running out of water.

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