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Tucson City Council may trade water incentives for jobs

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Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star

Tucson may soon be footing the tab for building water lines to new businesses that bring in high-paying jobs.

Tuesday night, the City Council will consider a proposal that would be a sharp departure from the city’s traditional practice of having new development pay to build its water infrastructure.

Instead, the city would pay up to $2 million for an individual project and up to $2.5 million per year total to new, nonretail employers, based on the number of jobs they bring and their wages.

The proposal has sparked a debate over how far the city should go to encourage job creation.

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