- The TAC’s decision was not a mere slap in Green Valley’s face–it was a solid punch to its nose!
- The TAC broke its own promises to Green Valley in order to kowtow to “the County’s recommendations” as if they were an edict from on high.
- Green Valley has only 8 miles of “good” local roads and 7 miles of “very good” local roads based on the County’s own assessment. We have a total of 68 miles of local roads, which means we have 53 miles of roads in “fair to failed” condition, which is 67% of our total roads. It defies reality for the County to say it should only spend money on preserving good roads. The result would be that 53 miles of our roads are never fully repaired and further decay.
- I was billed $53.19 (use your own figure) of new property tax to fix local roads. I am one of 31,000 people who live in Green Valley (counting our snowbirds and not counting the commercial property taxpayers) and use our roads. The County is only going to spend $52,000 total on Green Valley roads. That means, out of my $53.19 (use your figure), I will see a return in road work of only $1.68 ($52,000 divided by 31,000 = $1.68 per person). TAC GAVE $51.51 (use your figure) OF MY TAX MONEY TO OTHER AREAS OF THE DISTRICT FOR THEIR ROADS! That is patently inequitable and illogical. We road taxpayers are entitled to receive a majority of what we pay in this special tax back in actual road work in the area in which we live. To obtain your own tax figure, go to line 2 of your itemized 2017 property tax bill. (click here)
- The TAC promised that Green Valley would be treated like an incorporated town during its decision making. The TAC failed to keep its promise. All the town plans for road work were accepted as submitted. Our plan was rudely pushed aside and replace by the County’s proposal. We are not idiots. The Green Valley road plan was created from: (a) holding open forums and actually listening to and heeding what our community had to say, (b) actual driving surveys of every mile of our roads by more than one person and applying the County’s measuring tools for quality of roads, (c) input from our Home Owner’s Associations, more than half of whose roads are County roads, and (d) discussions within the Road Committee, some members of which are civil engineers. We actually conducted a more extensive process than many of the towns but our decisions were given no weight.
- The County is using a model for road work decisions that does not apply to Green Valley and refuses to look outside its narrow confines to do a reality check. The County says preserve good roads first (very good roads require $0 in work). That model works when you have the usual pyramid of roads with a vast majority of very good, good roads a few fair to failed roads at the bottom of the pyramid. Through years of County neglect, Green Valley’s pyramid is just the opposite, with a few very good and good roads but the vast majority of roads in fair to failed condition. The County refuses to recognize this reality–it can’t think outside its preconceived box. The result–the County will redo and touch up the same 15-20 miles of road for infinity. (click to see a Memo from Pima County)
- The County fails to recognize the safety issues Green Valley’s poor or failed roads pose to the people who live in Green Valley. Our people bike, walk and cross these crappy roads. The danger of falling is significantly increased. Our population averages 71 years of age. Falls are one of the leading causes of death or permanent disability among elderly people. Now that the County has quantified exactly how bad Green Valley roads are, the County can count on our people looking to it for damages and medical payments when they, while using reasonable prudence, fall because of the road’s known dangerous condition.
- Green Valley met more than once with the other communities in District 4 of unincorporated Pima County. Together they worked out a plan for sharing the road tax revenue for unincorporated District 4 that all parties found acceptable. All the parties submitted revisions to their previous plans based upon this agreement. The TAC did not abide by the well thought out and considered decision by the members of unincorporated District 4. Instead it imposed upon them a plan that none of them wanted just because it was the County’s recommendation. Whatever happened to participatory democracy?
TALKING/EMAIL POINTS ON ROAD DECISION