/ Modified nov 6, 2019 1:30 p.m.

Pima County supervisors approve pay-go road plan

The new program would provide $10 million for fixing roads next fiscal year.

Pima Roads Pay-go creates a new plan for fixing Pima County roads.
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The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a policy Tuesday to pay for distressed county roads.

The board adopted a pay-as-you-go program to replace the current system of debt financing for capital improvements. The plan anticipates a reduction in property taxes and a future broadening of the tax base. It will provide $10 million next fiscal year for road repair, in addition to another $16 million of Transportation Department funding.

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says the plan will benefit infrastructure needs other than roads.

"When we structured the transportation pay-as-you-go allocation, we really talked about two priorities," said Huckelberry. "One was to generate additional money to repair roads, and the other was to take whatever was left over and put into a pay-as-you-go fund for all the other capital needs of the county."

The change in policy is a response to the voters' rejection of a $430 million bond issue in the 2018 election.

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