A Message from Supervisor Ally Miller

Greetings,

 

I am very pleased to announce that at the January 13th Board of Supervisors meeting, all 4 of my fellow Supervisors finally decided to join me and vote to end the practice of allowing Supervisors to donate to their favorite charities.  

 

As I originally brought this issue before the board in September, I was the only Supervisor to vote against using your tax dollars in this way. I then contacted the Goldwater Institute who sent a letter to the Board citing they would pursue legal action if the Board did not vote to change policy due to a violation of the Arizona Constitution's gift clause. While the Board had another opportunity to put an end to this in October, I again was the only Supervisor who voted to follow the recommendation of Goldwater.  

 

With a unanimous vote at the January 13th meeting, it was very apparent that with the amount of media attention, Goldwater's involvement and most of all - pressure from the public who attended meetings, Supervisors Carroll, Elias, Bronson and Valadez finally made the right choice to end this allocation of monies from their office budgets. 

 

Click here to watch the discussion and vote from the meeting and see the chart below which highlights some examples of how Supervisors Elias and Bronson used your tax dollars

 

Date
Supervisor
Amount
Organization Name
Purpose
28-SepElias$800Eckstrom Golf TournamentSponsored a foursome for $800
13-OctElias$600NAACP EventPurchased a table 
9-NovElias$1,000Tucson-Mexico Sister Cities CelebrationBought 10 tickets for a table at event
15-NovElias$400Chicanos Por La CausaChristmas Party Event
13-JanElias$900Planned ParenthoodPaid for a Table of 12 (and attended) at "I stand with Planned Parenthood Event".  Attendee list not provided
13-FebElias$1,000Tucson Pima Arts Council EventSponsorship - Facebook mention, website mention 10 tickets to VIP reception, Table host recognition and 10 drink tickets
13-JulElias$1,250Wingspan EVENTSponsored a table of 10 - Advertising on program, website and emails
13-OctElias$1,000HOPE CAREER EXPOPaid $1000 to sponsor and got to be the Keynote Speaker. 
14-FebElias$1,500Planned ParenthoodPurchased 2 Tables to the ROE V WADE Luncheon-(Part time Elias Staffer is on the Board of Directors and paperwork was sent to his attention)
     
DateSupervisorAmountOrganization NamePurpose
13-JunBronson$1,000Tucson Trap & Skeet Club Sponsorship of Tucson Trap & Skeet Club including a sign with her name displayed at clubhouse entrance and lesson for 2
13-AugBronson$2,000Robles Ranch Community CenterDonation because they sent an email saying people were frustrated with lights in a park and that they had mentioned calling her office
13-AugBronson$1,000AIDSWALKAIDSWALK Sponsor-Name Recognition
14-JunBronson$1,000Friends of Robles RanchSponsorship of a Community Festival at 3 Points
Jun-12Bronson$500Limberlost Neighborhood AssociationFor a recognition plaque for people who made park improvements at a park
Aug-12Bronson$750Flowing Wells Dance CompanyDonation
 

The Board also voted (last Tuesday) to approve an agreement which provides a tax incentive to Homegoods, a division of TJX Companies Inc. The home accessories store is planning to open a West Coast distribution center near Tucson International Airport. The deal will initially create  400 new jobs and roughly 900 total jobs over the next 15 years. In order to retain the tax break, Homegoods would need to offer and pay for the majority of employee health and dental insurance premiums.  If everything goes as planned, Pima County is estimating an economic impact of roughly $900 million from the development.  My recent Op-Ed in the Green Valley News provides more detail from Tuesday's meeting, click here for more information.

 

While I will continue to be a steward of your tax dollars, I am working to find reasonable solutions to the problems we continue to be challenged with in our region.  From a $300 million road repair problem to the impact of funding cuts we could face from the State Legislature, I am actively meeting with our Legislators to make them aware of our needs, right here in Pima County. 

 

Thank you to all of you who have been attending and actively participating in the Board meetings; the results of the January 13th meeting show that your voice can and will be heard.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Ally Miller

Supervisor, District 1

Pima County Board of Supervisors

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Supervisor Ally Miller, District 1 | Pima County Board of Supervisors

130 W Congress 11th Floor | Tucson, AZ 85701

p: (520) 724-2738 | e: district1@pima.gov

www.pima.gov/bos/dist1


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