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Pima County Supes to vote on plan to tackle rental crisis

The Pima County Board of Supervisors is set to vote on a five-part plan to tackle the affordable housing crunch in the Tucson area. It's a step but tens of thousands of affordable units are needed. Plus more in local government meetings this week.... Read more»

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Tucson City Council to consider hiring 206 more staffers; COVID dollars keep flowing

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega will ask the City Council to spend $82 million filling out the 2022-23 budget. Local school districts are looking to spend federal coronavirus relief dollars on heating, cooling, shots and new teachers.... Read more»

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Pima Supes to take up marijuana dispensaries; Marana to discuss impact fees update

Hard zoning or a conditional use permit? The Pima County supervisors must decide whether neighbors get a say in the location of new marijuana dispensaries. Marana is eying new impact fees and the public is invited to be heard. ... Read more»

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Tucson City Council to consider lifting eviction hold on city-owned housing, ponders water supplies

Tucson city staff will ask for an informal nod to move to start working with 190 families who owe $135,000 in back rent, while local school district budgets are set for adoption after state runs late on its spending plan.... Read more»

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Screw up or necessary expense? Christy wants answers on Pima County voter ID mailing

Pima County Supervisor Steve Christy will dress down County Recorder Gabriella Cazares-Kelly because it's a free shot for the Republican to raise an "elections integrity" issue. Cue the Democrat's sigh and eyeroll. ... Read more»

New Tucson Water boss, same as the old boss

Tucson City Manager Mike Ortega has promoted John Kmiec from interim to permanent director of Tucson Water.... Read more»

Sun Tran offering curb-to-curb service to Marana

Sun Shuttle is upgrading options in Marana with a new curb-to-curb shared-ride service. ... Read more»

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Marana mulls ballot question on lifting budget ceiling, Tucson police not happy with pay

Marana may have outgrown its constitutional spending limit as it is no longer just some scattered houses in the desert, while Tucson police argue their salaries are no longer competitive. Voters and arbitrators will have the final say.... Read more»

Free pre-K in Pima County still in need of long-term funding source

Pima Early Education Program Scholarships, a free pre-K program that has enrolled more than 700 kids in its first year, is still in need of a long-term funding source to replace the COVID relief that will support it for the next two years. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Prop. 411 is in the bag, now Tucson must move on with RTA

The half-cent sales tax voters kept in place Tuesday is about getting the city back to where it wants to be. The Regional Transportation Authority is about what Tucson wants to become. The City Council now must play nice with the RTA board.... Read more»

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Christy fairly needles fellow Pima Supes, Tucson-area governments set to start approving budgets

No, Republicans, "crazy" isn't a prerequisite for making life hard on Democrats, as Supervisor Steve Christy proves with some smart bird-dogging. ... Read more»

RTA says changes to 1st Ave widening should get voter OK

The Regional Transportation Authority, which funds major road work in the Tucson metro area, is considering whether to let voters decide if North 1st Ave should be widened, a suggestion that left Tucson city leaders frustrated. ... Read more»1

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Tucson looks to invest flush city budget surplus in public safety, streets & transit

Tucson's $158 million "fund balance" creates opportunities for the City Council to spend on transportation and public safety priorities. Plus, more in our quick look at what's planned for local government meetings this week. ... Read more»

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Sahuarita to consider off-ramp to taking over water company

Sahuarita Town Council members will discuss how to head off a legal battle and look at a draft deal with Global Water Co., which swooped in to buy the system the town was preparing to take over. Plus, what's on tap for other local government meetings this week. ... Read more»

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Pima County Supes to discuss how Huckelberry's 'double dip' happened on their watch

Pima County Supervisors Matt Heinz and Steve Christy — hardly a buddy movie in the making — both have questions about how the county's former top executive was able to retire with no one knowing.... Read more»

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Sahuarita eyes pecan farm wells to secure water future, Flowing Wells staff could see 5% raises

Sahuarita, which doesn't have its own municipal water utility, wants to control its hydrated future and is taking some interesting steps to reach that promised land.... Read more»

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