As we find ourselves in the season of peace, I want to take a few moments of your precious time and thank you for your interest in Pima County, support for my efforts, and explain why it means so much.
For the past 7 years, I have dedicated my time and energy to the good people of Pima County. Over that time, I have been fortunate to meet some of the strongest, kindest, and most thoughtful people, and they mean the world to me.
When I began this journey, I promised that I would not become a career politician. I promised that I would only serve two terms as your representative on the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
While it has been an honor to serve as your District 1 Supervisor, I have announced that I will not be seeking a third term in 2020.
With the New Year right around the corner, I want to promise you that our focus is unwavering and our fight against cronyism, corruption, and carelessness with taxpayer money will continue.
My term will end December, 2020. There is still a lot of work to do and we are ready to get it done.
This past year we exposed the fact that Pima County residents have been funding phantom jobs through ever-increasing property taxes. As a result, we are hopeful that the County Administrator will propose a budget that more accurately reflects the actual costs of running the county bureaucracy in a more efficient manner.
Over the years, we have shared important information about the amount of HURF (Highway User Revenue Funds which is the gas tax you pay at the pump), and VLT (Vehicle License Tax paid when you register your vehicle) funds received by the County as well as the municipalities within the county. Now, it is widely known that unincorporated Pima County alone received more than $96 million in FY 2019, residents can confidently demand more money to be spent on our failing roads. In the current fiscal year (2020) $36 million has been allocated to the roads which is more than has been spent in all my 7 years in office. We are headed in the right direction but we need to continue the fight for more.
After the respite provided by this Season of Peace, we will be reinvigorated and ready to tackle the tough issues still facing the Board of Supervisors.
I have an amazing staff and I want to recognize them for all of their hard work that has made this year so successful. If you have contacted my office, you have worked with Loretta Hunnicutt and Brianna Hamilton and they deserve a special thanks for all of their efforts on your behalf.
Every year at this time, I have renewed my commitment to you to work fearlessly on your behalf. Nothing has changed – you still have my commitment that the fight for fiscal restraint and against crony capitalism/corporate welfare will continue.
Wishing you and your family a joyful, peaceful and prosperous new year,