Pinal County appeals judge’s decision to strike down half-cent transportation tax

Pinal County is appealing an Arizona Tax Court judge’s decision that a half-cent transportation sales tax approved by voters in November violates state law. “The tax judge didn’t take into consideration the will of the people because we actually voted and very unlike a judge to overturn the will of the people,” Chairman Todd House […]

Pinal County assessor at Feb. 20 ‘sessions’ hosted by Supervisor Anthony Smith

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith has Assessor Douglas Wolf as his next guest at “Sessions with the Supervisor” Feb. 20 in Arizona City. It will be held 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Arizona City Fire District, 14022 S. Sunland Gin Road. “We’re kicking off 2018 back in Arizona City for our next ‘Sessions,’” Supervisor […]

Supervisor Mike Goodman encourages San Tan Valley residents to attend hearings on Johnson Utilities

  Pinal County Supervisor Mike Goodman invites all residents in the San Tan Valley area to attend public hearings regarding Johnson Utilities. “I have heard your complaints and there is only so much the county can do to address them,” Supervisor Goodman said in a press release.  “We will be hosting the officials who can actually […]

Pinal County assessor at Feb. 20 event hosted by Supervisor Anthony Smith

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith has Assessor Douglas Wolf as his next guest at “Sessions with the Supervisor” Feb. 20 in Arizona City. It will be held 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Arizona City Fire District, 14022 S. Sunland Gin Road. “We’re kicking off 2018 back in Arizona City for our next ‘Sessions,’” Supervisor […]

Supervisor Anthony Smith named president of County Supervisors Association

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith (District 4) will lead the County Supervisors Association for the upcoming year.  Supervisor Smith was elected president of the organization following a unanimous vote from the CSA membership. Supervisor Smith succeeds Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin, according to a press release. “I am honored to be chosen by all of […]

Supervisor House looks forward to 2016 as board chairman

Since the Pinal County Board of Supervisors went to five members, the duties of the chairman are passed on every year instead every 16 months, as it did when there were three board members.

In the final meeting of 2015, the board chose District 5 Supervisor Todd House to chair the meetings for 2016. District 4 Supervisor Anthony Smith was chosen as vice-chair.

District 5 in general encompasses Apache Junction to the north, Queen Valley to the east and San Tan Valley to the south.

“I am honored,” stated the new chairman. “There are much more duties as chairman than as a sitting board member.”

Chairman House said that he will be more involved in planning out the items that go on the agenda in the board meetings and having to sign all official documents that come before the Supervisors.

“The chairman is required to sign all final plats for developments and other documents that are approved in the meeting,” Chairman House said. “You can’t sign them during the meeting since it would being those meetings to a crawl. I also work with the county manager and clerk of the board to decide what items that will be on our agenda along with bringing any issues that supervisors might have about the agenda or certain items in it.”

Sessions with the Pinal County supervisor kicking off 2016 in Arizona City

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith will be in Arizona City as he kicks off Sessions with the Supervisor for 2016.
The meeting will take place 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the Arizona City Fire District, 14022 S. Sunland Gin Road.

“I’ll be taking a look at what we might expect in 2016,” Vice-Chairman Smith said in a press release. “We are going to have a lot of items on our plate for the upcoming year, I thought it would be a good idea to share those issues and get the residents’ thoughts on them. Of course, if there are other question or concerns, I would be happy to address those as well.”

Supervisor Smith represents Pinal County District 4 covering an area that includes the city of Maricopa, Arizona City, Thunderbird Farms, Hidden Valley, Papago Butte, Red Rock, SaddleBrooke, the Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Tohono O’odham Nation.

Appointments are not required but are encouraged to help reduce time spent waiting. To make an appointment, e-mail marlene.pearce@pinalcountyaz.gov or call 520-866-3960.

Regular meetings of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors meetings are held at 9:30 a.m. on selected Wednesdays in the Supervisors Hearing Room, Pinal County Administrative Complex, 135 North Pinal St. in Florence. To view the schedule, visit the county website.

Supervisor Smith elected vice president of County Supervisors Association

Pinal County Supervisor Anthony Smith was unanimously elected by his colleagues as the first vice president of the County Supervisors Association of Arizona at the Nov. 19 meeting of the CSA Board of Directors.

“This is a wonderful honor,” Supervisor Smith said in a press release. “I am looking forward to representing my fellow supervisors in this vital organization and look forward to working on behalf of counties throughout the state as the legislature begins its new session in January.”

CSA is a non-partisan, nonprofit research and advocacy organization representing the 61 county supervisors leading Arizona’s 15 counties. For more than 30 years, CSA has served as a forum for county leaders to address important issues facing local constituents and develop a proactive state and federal policy agenda.

“Supervisor Smith is a dedicated public servant whose experience and commitment to local government make him an exceptional representative of Arizona counties,” outgoing CSA President Clint Hickman said in the release. “His selection as first vice president reflects the trust and confidence that his fellow supervisors have in him.”

County supervisors want to stop cost-shifting, increase transportation funding in 2016

County officials from across the state met for the 11th Annual Legislative Summit of the County Supervisors Association Oct. 13-15 in Lake Havasu City. At the event, local leaders established a county policy agenda for the 2016 state legislative session.

“We had a very productive series of policy deliberations in Lake Havasu, and we are grateful to Mohave County for hosting the CSA Legislative Summit this year,” CSA President and Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman said in a press release. “Counties and the state are partners in serving Arizonans. It is vital for state leaders to know what tools county officials need to do our job, so that we can work together to save taxpayer dollars, maintain our roadways and improve public safety.”
CSA President-elect and Coconino County Supervisor Mandy Metzger said, “County-elected officials appreciate the challenges state lawmakers have faced in recent years. Unfortunately, some state decisions have burdened county operations, and in some cases caused increases in property taxes. CSA’s policy agenda reflects the compelling need for the state to stop funding state agencies with county tax dollars, increase investment in roads and highways, and control the ballooning costs of Arizona’s public safety retirement plans. We look forward to working with Gov. Ducey and the legislature to address these important priorities.”

“This past state budget was incredibly difficult for Pinal County and our communities, much of the problem was due to state cost shifts and increases in state mandated cost drivers. CSA’s policy recommendations would provide meaningful relief for our area,” Pinal County Supervisor and CSA Second Vice-president Anthony Smith said. “My fellow board members and I look forward to working with our legislative delegation on these important issues.”

During the work session at the legislative summit, CSA Executive Director Craig Sullivan explained that since fiscal year 2008 state action has cost counties an estimated $495 million and shifted a portion of costs for four state agencies to the county general fund. He also reported that the state has swept nearly $1 billion in transportation resources since 2000 and has not acted to address the diminishing purchase power of the state’s 18 cent gas tax, a user fee that has not been adjusted since 1991. Mr. Sullivan also described the crisis in the state’s public safety pension program, which includes county public safety personnel. The system is only 50 percent funded with approximately $6.2 billion of unfunded liability.

Companies are realizing benefits to locating in Pinal County

  As we enter the fall months, it will be nice to welcome cooler temperatures and our yearly winter visitors who come to enjoy the warmer climate and spend their money. The summer was a buzz of activity around District 5, starting in May with the clean-up of the Nathan Martens’ Memorial. Nathan Martens was […]