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Bishop Kicanas endorses Pima County bond

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Early ballots for the 2015 Pima County Bond Election will be mailed to registered voters beginning Thursday, Oct. 8.

There’s a lot at stake in the Nov. 3 bond election. Voters are being asked to approve $816 million in public spending for roads, job training, economic development and public facilities such as parks and trails.

Included among the projects is $200 million for repair and maintenance of all county roads plus another project that will provide a building for JobPath, a program started in the early 1990s by the Pima County Interfaith Council (PCIC) and the business community. To date, JobPath has graduated 1,400 families out of poverty and into living-wage jobs.

The estimated tax increase to pay for entire bond package is $17 per year for the owner of a median-priced home.

The seven bond propositions are supported by PCIC and endorsed by Bishop Gerald Kicanas and many other faith leaders in the community.

One Response to Bishop Kicanas endorses Pima County bond

Albert Lannon says: October 20, 2015 at 11:20 pm

The billion-dollar Pima County bonds will hurt seniors.

The 2010 census shows nearly 1/4 of Pima County residents, over 200,000 people, as seniors aged 60 or over, and growing fast. I myself will be 78 in January and, like most seniors, live on a fixed income and am dependent on Social Security.

There will be no Social Security increase even though food went up, according to recent news reports, 6.5 percent. New SS recipients, like my late cousin’s widower, will also take a big Medicare hit.

To really “invest in ouselves,” we need to use our limited income for our basic needs, and not some nice ideas — and certainly not to reward Yes campaign funders, some of whom are “non-profits” paying no property tax who stand to receive tens of million from the bonds.

Our legacy shouldn’t be leaving our great-grandkids to pay until 2043.

Albert Lannon
Avra Valley Coalition


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