Tucson voters to decide on $100 million bond to fix pothole-ridden streets

Tucson voters to decide on $100 million bond to fix pothole-ridden streets

CREATED Sep 24, 2012

Reporter: Claire Doan

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – If you’re a driver, you know them too well: The bumpy, pothole-ridden roads all over Tucson. However, there could soon be a way out.

Proposition 409 will fix those rocky roads and give your rides some relief – but it will cost you.

Voters will have to decide whether to vote for the $100 million bond to fix streets within Tucson city limits, slated for 2014 to 2018.

Arnaldo Mendez, the manager of a Shell station, said people often come to get repairs done from the damage of Tucson’s potholes.

“You see damaged rims. You see people hitting the bottoms of their cars. You see it with frequency and lately, it seems like more than not,” Mendez said.

The bond funds will come from property owners: it will cost $18 per year per $100,000 in full cash value of the property, as determined by the Pima County Assessor. For example, a home with an assessed value of $200,000 will cost the homeowner an additional $36 in annual property taxes.

Dick Basye, the President of the Pima County Association of Taxpayers, does not support the measure, saying that the Rio Nuevo mess and the recent scandal over Department of Transportation employees stealing from city resources should both give voters pause.

“Why should the citizens of Tucson be willing to spend more of their money by way of property taxes with the hope the city will spend it properly?” asked Basye.

The city will bid the roadwork out to private contractors – but only if voters have enough faith to pass Prop. 409.

“I know the cost is minimal for what the benefit will be, so I am for it as long as the money is used in the proper way,” Mendez said.

For more information, attend one of the following open houses on Prop. 409.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Quincie Douglas Recreation Center, 1575 E. 36th Street

Thursday, September 27, 2012
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Udall Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road