There is one common thread to the terrible road conditions in Pima County—we need to look no further than the board majority and the county administrator who has overseen the downfall of the roads in Pima County. The road conditions are not a revenue problem—it is a spending problem—it is a problem of setting proper priorities. If the HURF and VLT funds were used to maintain roads as intended, our county roads would be in much better condition. The county administrator frequently refers to the state clawing back HURF and VLT funds for other purposes while doing exactly the same thing within Pima County. Of the 82+ million dollar HURF and VLT funds that are allocated to Pima County per year, 26 million becomes part of the county’s general fund, and 40 million is spent to cover the vast majority of the 43 million dollar annual budget for the county’s transportation department. Since the county transportation department is not maintaining our roads in acceptable condition, why is their budget so huge? With other jurisdictions using all or nearly all of their HURF and VLT funds to maintain their roads, Pima county should have been doing the same for the past 20 years. The residents of Pima County do not trust the county administrator and the board majority, and they have done nothing to gain our trust. The County has found the money to do the projects they care about—building World View and renting it to the company at below market rates, giving $100,000 to American Airlines, and buying a bowling alley for more than the appraised value—while allowing the
current owners to stay there for up to a year at no cost—to name a few examples.

Vote NO on Proposition 463!
John Backer

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