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Pima County supervisors worried about Tucson's RTA stance

Pima County supervisors said that they're "concerned" about the city of Tucson's threat to leave the Regional Transportation Authority if "serious commitments" to change its governing structure aren't made. Some county leaders think its part of a larger trend in the city-county relationship. ... Read more»

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Tucson ready to opt out of RTA Next unless 'unfair, inequitable' system changes

The city of Tucson is prepared to walk away from a renewal of the Regional Transportation Authority, a major funding source for road improvements throughout Pima County, if its partners in the agreement don’t make serious compromises.... Read more»

Pima County sues over Tucson Water rate shifts

Pima County filed a suit against Tucson's city water utility Friday, alleging that an increase in rates for some customers who live outside the city limits can't be implemented as Tucson officials plan.... Read more»

Career conservationist Kevin Dahl takes office as Tucson's new Ward 3 councilman

Environmental activist Kevin Dahl was sworn into office Monday, representing Ward 3 on the Tucson City Council. The Democrat hopes to confront big problems like climate change and affordable housing by acting locally his ward's Northwest Side neighborhoods. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson's water rate plan is good policy, undercut by sniping with Pima County

Using water rates as a growth management tool is smart policy, but Tucson and Pima County need to do a better job of communicating to head off pointless legal and political battles that serve no one (but the lawyers).... Read more»

Pima County set to sue city of Tucson over water rates

Pima County is moving ahead with a lawsuit against Tucson over an increase in water rates for customers who live outside the city limits, following a 3-2 vote by the Board of Supervisors.... Read more»1

Unvaccinated Tucson city employees could be fired after Council mandates COVID shots

In a 4-3 vote, the Tucson City Council said Tuesday that city employees who are not vaccinated by Dec. 1 will face termination. ... Read more»

Tensiones entre Pima y Tucson surgen por la tarifa de agua

La relación entre la ciudad de Tucson y el Condado Pima está tenso ahora que el Condado está preparando su respuesta a la ciudad por su aumento de la tarifa de agua por áreas del condado no incorporadas. ... Read more»

Pima, Tucson tensions surface as county plans response to city's water rate hike

The relationship between the city of Tucson and Pima County has moved towards an “all-time low,” officials of both governments said, with the issue of differential water rates likely to bring the conflict into court.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Tier 1 water shortage for CAP means Tucson needs to prepare

For years, the alarm has been sounding about water levels in Lake Mead. Well, the water level is now low enough to trigger a Tier 1 shortage. Tucson has developed a great conservation ethic. Still, we need to get ready for some tough times to come and there is more that needs to be done. — City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Tucson city workers required to get COVID shots by Aug. 24

Employees of the City of Tucson will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, or get their first shot before August 24. If they do not, they could face sanctions, including possible suspension, after the City Council voted for the mandate Friday.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Recent monsoon rains show importance of water harvesting

"It’s a good week to talk about rainwater and its importance as a potential resource for Tucson. Fifteen years ago, the city put in policies to encourage water harvesting — an inch of rain in Tucson means 327,000,000 gallons of water." — City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

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»2

Guest opinion

Cunningham: Tucson residents pay too much, have too little say to re-up RTA

We may, as a city, be better off implementing our own sales tax for transportation and mobility projects. It will give us more flexibility to address our needs, such as road repair, and do it in a way that’s more reflective of our values as a community. — Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham... Read more»

Obituary

Former Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup dead at 84

Bob Walkup, a former defense industry executive who found a second career as a popular three-term Republican mayor of Tucson, died Friday night. He was 84 years old, and had lung disease. "Our city is better because of him," said Mayor Regina Romero.... Read more»1

Arizona changes course, offers short-term lifeline for Pima COVID testing

Arizona state officials are offering at least a two-week reprieve for COVID-19 testing here a day after telling Pima County they weren't prepared to cover the expenses out of federal coronavirus funding.... Read more»

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