On Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller rejected Resolution No. 2018-66, which called for adopting the politically motivated Sustainable Action Plan for Pima County Operations 2018 to 2025.
Supervisor Miller shared the very same and serious concerns that many residents have with the "Plan."
Those concerns were expressed before and during the Call to Audience portion of the regularly scheduled meeting. Yet, a majority of the supervisors voted in favor of the controversial measure.
Among the concerns expressed by residents and Supervisor Miller was the fact that the "Plan" appeared to have been created with little or no public involvement.
The most obvious and widely held concerns were noted by Supervisor Miller, who shared them with her fellow supervisors:
1) The "Plan" lacked any real quantitative information; and
2) The "Plan" would be extremely expensive for residents who are already struggling under the highest property taxes in Arizona.
During the meeting, Supervisor Miller pressed County Administrator Huckleberry for information to substantiate claims made in the "Plan." When asked to provide answers as to how much money had been spent on the purchase of voter approved "open space," Huckelberry failed to answer her question.
Huckelberry also failed to answer her question regarding his apparently unsubstantiated claim that the County had seen more than $14 million in savings from other sustainability programs.
"Once again, County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry had no answers. Taxpayers have made tremendous sacrifices to maintain the quality of our environment, and they deserve answers. They deserve better than political stunts," stated Miller.
"It is obvious that the Board wasted more taxpayer dollars on a meaningless resolution in what appears to be an ongoing attack on the Trump administration. When President Trump rejected the Paris Climate Accord, our economy started to boom and we continued to surpass other nations in decreasing Carbon emissions. As a result, it is obvious that the Accord was nothing more than a wealth redistribution scheme. The residents of Pima County, home to the fifth poorest metropolitan area in the U.S., cannot afford to have what little money they still possess, redistributed to the County for more feel good schemes," stated Miller.