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 Recorder Virginia Ross addressing ballot issue

Pinal County Recorder Virginia Ross became aware of a ballot issue for the 2018 election primary. This problem affects voters not registered to a recognized party that are on the Permanent Early Voting List. Arizona law allows non-affiliated voters on the PEVL to select a ballot from a recognized party if they choose to vote […]

Pinal County’s sales tax funding transportation projects is found illegal

Pinal County’s new sales tax funding transportation projects is deemed illegal by Arizona Tax Court as announced on Thursday, Aug. 2. According to a press release, Proposition 417 that passed by a slim margin last November, allowed a sales tax to pay to be collected for infrastructure improvements and road construction. However, Goldwater Institute sued, […]

Case against Pinal County roads, transportation excise tax in court July 18

The Goldwater Institute will be in Arizona Tax Court Wednesday for oral arguments against Pinal County’s transportation excise tax, which was approved by voters last year. It begins at 10 a.m. July 18 in the Old Courthouse, 125 W. Washington Suite No. 201 in Phoenix. In November, Pinal County adopted a new transportation excise tax […]

Summer reading programs at Apache Junction, Queen Creek libraries

The best way to keep children on track when they go back to school in the fall is to have them read throughout the summer, librarians and parents say. Local libraries in Apache Junction and Queen Creek have summer reading programs for children and are open across county and municipal borders. Apache Junction The Apache […]

Arizona wildlife managers rely on public to help stop poaching

Officer Laura Orscheln sets up her binoculars and tripod and stands on a ridge overlooking the quiet desert near Florence. Scanning the desert for any movement, the Arizona Game and Fish Department wildlife manager spots something dark moving about a mile away. It’s just trash, so she sweeps her binoculars elsewhere. She’s “glassing” – a […]

Apache Junction, Pinal County to close undeveloped path deemed unsafe

The city of Apache Junction and Pinal County closes an undeveloped dirt path in the northeastern corner of the city to put fencing typically used for state lands at road entrances. The trail labeled as “Mountain View Road” has been deemed unsafe for travel and will be accessible only on foot or by horseback after […]

Harvey: Do not elect Coleman as justice of the peace

How many of you fellow taxpayers receive a pension? Think about this: draw a salary for a number of years as a teacher, draw a salary as both an Apache Junction city councilman and then mayor and then draw a salary as an Arizona state representative all at taxpayers’ expense. Now add to that, draw […]

Spiders, scorpions at arboretum’s June 30 family night

Parents can bring their kids for a special after-hours family evening June 30 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum to learn fact from fiction about scorpions and spiders. The special “creepy crawlies” evening is open to all, not just BTA annual members. Non-member signup is $20 for adults and $10 for ages 5-12. Arboretum annual members and […]

Economic Development conference recognizes Pinal County, Millman for workplace excellence

Pinal County Government and Joel Millman were two winners of the Economic Development Distinguished by Excellence Awards at the biannual conference of the Arizona Association for Economic Development. According to a press release, Pinal County won for Medium Organization of the Year and Mr. Millman won for Workforce Practitioner of the Year. Board of Supervisors […]