The Pinal Regional Transportation Authority Proposition 417 has been determined valid by the Arizona Court of Appeals. “I am very pleased with the outcome,” stated County Manager Louis Andersen. “The County is ready to start building these critical infrastructure/road projects and have been for some time now. This is a great way to start the new year.”
The RTA adopted the Regional Transportation Plan in June 2017 (Proposition 416), which identified key roadway and transportation projects to be developed over the next twenty years. The plan explained both Propositions and the need for the excise tax (Proposition 417) in order to complete the planned transportation projects. In November 2017, Pinal County voters simultaneously approved Prop 416 to adopt a regional transportation plan and Prop 417 to enact an excise tax to fund the plan. However shortly afterwards legal action took place with the Goldwater Institute and a court ruling froze all monies related to the excise tax.
“This is a great victory for Pinal County and its residents,” Chairman Anthony Smith expressed. “My hope is that we can finally get about the business of building the modern road network that the voters approved over two years ago.”
To date, there is slightly over $29 million ready to be used for improvements. The RTA is extremely eager and anxious to finally be able to move forward with the much needed roadway and transportation projects.