Ally Miller: Pima County Board of Supervisors Vote to Issue MORE DEBT

I have continued my pledge to eliminate nonessential spending and the resulting burden on the taxpayers with my most recent suggestion at the December 3, 2013, Board of Supervisors meeting.

Agenda Item 15, Resolution 2013-109 authorized the issuance of $58 million in Certificates of Participation debt (COPs) to fund additional construction on the Public Service Center (previously known as the Pima County Justice Court/City of Tucson Municipal Court Complex).  Certificates of Participation debt may be issued with only a Board of Supervisors majority vote – voter approval is not required.

In the 2004 bond election, voters approved $76 million for the “so called” Pima County Justice Court/City of Tucson Municipal Court Complex.  Since this election, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has stated the $76 million would only cover the shell construction of this courthouse.  Voters weren’t aware they would eventually have to pony up more cash to pay for interior finishes.

The City of Tucson had agreed to contribute $18 million to the construction; however, without a signed Intergovernmental Agreement, the Tucson City Council chose to withdraw from the project in November 2012 – eight years after the bond election.  This left Pima County to make a choice:Cancel the project or go it alone.  The Board chose to move forward with the project despite the added burden of bearing all construction costs.  I presented my argument to my fellow board members suggesting the County should lease the additional space to an outside party versus investing more taxpayer dollars in the courthouse.

My argument to the Board was it would be wiser to lease the remaining area to an outside entity to provide their own improvements which could be a winning scenario for the taxpayers.  This option would have allowed for the interior improvements to be completed at the cost of the tenant and at the same time Pima County would have increased revenue by leasing the excess space at the current market rate.

Despite my argument, the Board majority voted to use the building as collateral for an anticipated amount of $58 million in COPs.  In effect, the Board authorized borrowing an additional $58 million on top of the $22 million previously invested from the General Fund in 2011 thereby overrunning the original bond amount presented to voters by $80 million.

This is more than a 100% overrun of the original bonded amount voters approved for this court complex.

Pima County will now repurpose the space to house the Pima County Assessor, Treasurer, Recorder, and Constables. The issuance of these additional COPs will fund all interior tenant improvements for the remainder of the courthouse along with parking facilities.

I voted against this Resolution to issue more debt.  My argument is the movement of County offices to this facility is not necessary or prudent at this time and any additional space improved should be leased at market rate.

Pima County currently has more than 3.5 times the debt of all other counties in the State of Arizona combined as of November 21, 2013.

Source: Huckelberry, C.H. Memo to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Resolutions Relating to Debt Issues, 3 December 2013.

Supervisor Ally Miller represents District 1 on the Pima County Board of Supervisors.  Supervisor Miller began her term on January 1, 2013.

Ally Miller Turns in more than three times signatures for Pima County Supervisor race

Ally Miller for Supervisor Campaign turns in more than three times the required number of signatures to get her name on the ballot August 28th.

Dear Friend

We are extremely pleased to announce Ally Miller has turned in more than triple the number of signatures needed to get her name on the ballot. We want to thank each of you who has believed in Ally, supported her campaign and worked so hard to help gather signatures to get Ally’s name on the ballot.

This is our opportunity as a community to elect new leaders who will steer our government in the right direction. Ally is facing a tough primary on August 28, with 3 other people seeking the seat. It is crucial we elect the right candidate for this job to restore accountability, transparency and trust in the governance of Pima County. Ally is that candidate.

I hope you consider the following when making your decision regarding who you will support in the upcoming election:

We need to stop electing career politicians. We need leaders who are focused on making our county better versus simply winning the next election.

We can no longer elect individuals who are hand-picked by the establishment or special interests and expect different results. Rest assured this will lead to more of the same type of governance that has left Pima County with crumbling infrastructure, no jobs and little hope for a vibrant and prosperous community.

Finally, we can’t elect individuals who demonstrate a lack of financial responsibility, ethics and integrity. Without strong moral values retaining a republican in this seat may not be possible and restoring trust in Pima County government is not achievable.

Pima County officials have forgotten they work for the citizens. Ally Miller has a track record of challenging government corruption and bad decision making by the board of supervisors. Ally needs your help NOW. It takes money to get our message to the voters. That is why we are asking for your help. The maximum donation is $430.00 per individual however anything you can donate from $5.00 to the max will help.

Please donate if you are able and tell your friends and family why Ally is the right candidate for the job and share her website and Facebook page.

Ally Miller, M.B.A

Republican Candidate for Pima County Board of Supervisors

For more information, contact Ally Miller campaign office or visit the campaign website at www.allyforsupervisor.com

Ally Miller Asks for Fair Treatment From Supervisor Ann Day’s Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2012
CONTACT: Dean Miller

Pima County Board of Supervisor Candidate Asks for Fair Treatment From Supervisor Ann Day’s Office

March 7, 2012 – It has come to light that Supervisor Ann Day’s office is sharing emails with a candidate for Pima County Supervisor, Mr. Mike Hellon. The use of County controlled emails to benefit a favored candidate is not only wrong but verges on ethical violations from a sitting elected official. We demand the email lists be equally distributed to each of the candidates, including 3 other republicans and a democrat candidate. We believe a public apology to the recipients of the political email sent without their knowledge or authorization be made.

The email was sent dated March 6th, 2012 from Ann Day’s current chief of staff, Ms. Valarie Samoy. Ms. Samoy is also listed as Candidate Mike Hellons’ campaign treasurer. We are watching closely for any active campaigning that may be going on during hours of employment on the county payroll as that would be a direct violation of Ms. Samoy’s terms of employment with Pima County. This information will be forwarded to Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Attorney General Tom Horne to request an investigation and issuance of a ruling regarding the use of County emails for the benefit of a particular candidate.

Following is an excerpt from an email sent March 6th to at least six HOA mailing lists owned and controlled by Supervisor Ann Day’s office at Pima County:

Mike Hellon, a candidate for Supervisor Ann Day’s seat (Ann is retiring Dec 2012) is putting together a neighborhood coalition of subdivisions in D1 who have petitioned the County to resurface the streets. Mike is of the notion there is “strength in numbers.” Sup. Day has requested that the Board of Supervisors begin to use surplus general fund monies to start addressing the residential streets in need of repair. 

Mike Hellon has contacted and the following neighborhoods have agreed to join (SOS): Shadow Roc, La Canada Magee Neighborhood Association (LCMNA), Oracle Foothills Neighborhood Association (OFNA), North Manor and Catalina Foothills Assocation (CFA). All have enthusiastically replied that they are on board with forming the Coalition. 

“The fact that the roads have deteriorated for years during Supervisor Day’s tenure along with her hand picking Mike Hellon as her replacement and then using these email addresses for political gain should send off loud alarm bells to the voters of district 1. We cannot tolerate more of these unethical actions, more of the same broken promises and more of the same pot holes that Supervisor Day has neglected to address during her term of office. 

Mike Hellon appears to be lined up to continue the same policies of Supervisor Day during her 12 years in office which has gotten Pima County in the mess we are in . Just beware if we elect the same “like minded” handpicked individuals we will end up with with more of the same. …..neglect of the public safety, political gamesmanship and more inaction ” Said Ally Miller candidate for the same seat.

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For more information, contact Ally Miller campaign office or visit the campaign website at www.allyforsupervisor.com

 

 

Ally Miller: Pima County Board of Supervisors Anti-Business Decisions Continue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2011
CONTACT: Dean Miller

On Dec. 13, 2011, Pima County Board of Supervisors handed down a decision to appeal Raytheon property tax valuation as determined by the AZ State Board of Equalization. “This is yet another example of the short sighted and irresponsible behavior by the members of this board” stated Ally Miller, a candidate for District 1 Board of Supervisors in attendance at the meeting.

Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to appeal the decision approved by the AZ State board of equalization to lower the assessed value of properties owned by Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson. Supervisor Richard Elias was absent.

The appeal submitted by Raytheon, based on the valuation of similar properties was approved by the State board of equalization and resulted in valuations lowered from approximately $46.4 mil to $25.6 Mil for 2011 on 19 parcels identified on the board agenda. The 2011 change in valuation would result in a loss of approximately $571 thousand in tax revenue.

Raytheon reportedly pays $130 million in state and local taxes annually.

“Workers in this community are desperate for jobs yet the Board of Supervisors continues with their anti-business practices spending taxpayer money on litigation which could potentially alienate the largest private employer in our community.” Miller added.

“Did the members of the Pima County Board of Supervisors forget about the recent move by Raytheon to build a facility and locate approximately 300 high paying jobs to Huntsville, Alabama?” asked Miller.

After a trip to Huntsville earlier this year it was reported Supervisor Bronson determined tax incentives and fast tracking the development process were among the reasons Raytheon decided to build this facility in Huntsville versus Tucson.

For more information, contact Ally Miller campaign office or visit the campaign website at www.allyforsupervisor.com

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