Pinal supes approve Queen Creek plan to take over homes from Johnson

Paul Gardner, the utility manager for Queen Creek, speaks to the Pinal County Board of Supervisors Wednesday, October 17. / Photo by Heather Smathers / PinalCentral

 

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By Heather Smathers | San Tan Valley Sentinel

Recognizing the importance of the economic impact of San Tan Valley to the county, the Pinal County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted to support a proposal by Queen Creek to take over service of utilities in the area.

The board voted 4-0 to support the proposal; Supervisor Steve Miller, R-Casa Grande, was absent.

Officials from the town of Queen Creek have asked the Arizona Corporation Commission to allow them to service parts of San Tan Valley and Florence Anthem that currently are receiving water and wastewater service from Johnson Utilities.

Paul Gardner, utilities manager with Queen Creek, said the town can take 2,200 homes off of the Pecan Plant’s already taxed system within three months. Five of the projects Gardner considers “low hanging fruit” can be completed in six months, he said, freeing up more than 10,000 homes from the system.

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