By Kimlye Stager | Pinal Central
MARICOPA — In a somewhat unconventional move, Maricopa now has a 10-year capital improvement plan designed to addressed the city’s growing list of improvement projects.
The new plan was approved by city council at their regular meeting last Tuesday, with the total cost being $622 million.
According to a city press release, the city normally operates on a 5-year plan. But Maricopa has so many upcoming improvements and projects that Matt Kozlowski, deputy city manager/CFO, felt a longer-range plan was more beneficial.
Around 75% of the funds allocated in the plan are dedicated to roads.
“Our citizens should be very proud of the fact that we live within our means and have a balanced budget,” said Mayor Nancy Smith.
This new improvement plan also budgets for an additional nine public safety positions.
“We care about our people,” said Vice Mayor Rich Vitiello. “We’re building a police station without impacting the taxpayers. We’re making sure what we spend will go even longer to expand the city of Maricopa for the foreseeable future.”