(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents a coalition of property and business owners throughout Pinal County who have worked to bring new transportation infrastructure to the region.)
By Mark Cowling | Pinal Central
SAN TAN VALLEY — Someday Pinal County will attempt to pass another half-cent sales tax for major road construction, but first officials will do extensive outreach to learn what voters are willing to pay for.
“What we want you to help us develop is a comprehensive plan around transportation and transportation funding,” Pinal County Manager Leo Lew told an audience at a “State of the County” presentation. “What roads, what regional connectivity, are the most important to you, to the point that you’re willing to pay for them?” he asked.
Pinal voters in November rejected Proposition 469, which would have funded major road construction through the Pinal Regional Transportation Authority. What was notable is that voters in the city of Maricopa, which has a history of voting conservatively, resoundingly voted yes on the proposition because money was going to help alleviate traffic issues on State Route 347, a key issue for that community.