Pima County calls on business leaders to advocate for a comprehensive transportation solutionby Pima County News on May. 24, 2013, under Board of Supervisors, Economic Development, Pima County, Southern Arizona, Tourism, Traffic safety, Transportation, Tucson
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry today urged the community’s top business leaders to assist the County in pushing for a comprehensive funding plan to ensure adequate, well-maintained roads.
Too many Pima County roads are in poor to mediocre condition. But this problem confronts every community in the state. The American Society of Engineers recently found in its 2013 report card that 52 percent of roads throughout Arizona are in poor to middling condition, sticking motorists across the state with $887 million in repair and operating costs.
Huckelberry sent letters Friday to the Tucson Metro Chamber and seven other local chambers, as well as to the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Metropolitan Pima Alliance and the Tucson Utility Contractors Association.
“This is an issue that should resonate with the business community,” Huckelberry said. “Developing real growth and a vibrant economy remains our top focus – and that is contingent on having a strong, efficient network of roads that provides accessibility and saves time and costs. Now is the time to make sure we’re making wise investments in infrastructure that will advance our economic recovery and stimulate job growth.”
The Pima County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution May 21 that called upon the Legislature to take the following actions to address the very real gaps in road funding:
- Stop diverting tax dollars that were supposed to come to transportation departments for road improvements, and reimburse Pima County for the $38 million that has been siphoned away since 2002;
- Continue the one-cent per gallon tax that currently goes to underground storage tank remediation but, instead, direct it to road repair and maintenance;
- Increase the state gasoline tax by 10 cents per gallon to bring the state more in line with the gas tax levied in surrounding states;
- Seek other available opportunities to identify resources for roads.
Huckelberry called upon the business organizations to use their considerable clout to push state leaders for a solution. “The reality is there aren’t revenues to support the systems we have in place, let alone fund new ones that will support our needs in the future. We can’t afford to wait any longer to have this discussion.”
To read his comprehensive transportation funding report, please visit http://www.pima.gov/Administration/bd-transportation%20funding%20report.pdf