Pima County’s Huckelberry adjusts road repair priorities

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry recommended a revised, two-tier plan to address road repair issues after a recent budget meeting, including suggestions for updating related civic committee responsibilities, in anticipation of a June 20 decision.

Huckelberry's response followed a request from County Supervisor Ramon Valadez in May to finance a road repair plan with county sales tax revenue, according to a news release. Huckelberry’s concept consists of two distinct plans: base funding and accelerated funding.

Each plan would raise property taxes in different ways, but both methods would restrict outlay of the funds to local or neighborhood streets. Roads located outside incorporated zones would be funded by county gas tax revenue.

Huckleberry suggested that the jurisdiction’s Transportation Advisory Committee should include 13 individuals with transportation expertise, expanding the committee's advisory scope slightly and more consultations with local municipalities on budgeting.

Additionally, Huckelberry said that he plans to present the board with a sales-tax-based repair plan.

The Pima County board will convene at 9 a.m. June 20 at 130 W. Congress St., Tucson in the first-floor supervisors’ hearing room to approve a budget for fiscal 2018, which begins on July 1.

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