Ducey promises not to raid city, county roadway funds next year

Nearly half of Mohave County’s roads are due for replacement, plagued in places by spiderweb cracking and erosion that has eaten chunks from the edges. /Photo: Mohave County Public Works Department

By Rebekah L. Sanders | The Republic

Gov. Doug Ducey has promised to stop taking $30 million in transportation money annually from Arizona cities and counties to balance the state’s budget.

Ducey’s comments on Wednesday drew boisterous applause from those attending his speech at an event sponsored by the County Supervisors Association of Arizona.

The promise is a win for local governments still smarting from revenue declines during the Great Recession. It came months ahead of the start of the Arizona Legislature’s session and the release of the governor’s budget plan for the next fiscal year.

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