Yesterday ATB President Steve Melton (Hunter Contracting) and Executive Director Ramon Gaanderse met with Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. The main discussion was about property tax verses sales tax for the County and funding roads. As stated in early “Weekly’s” Pima Count tentatively adopted a property tax increase that would pay for residential roads for the next five years. The rumors had it that a sales tax was another option, but this needs unanimous vote by the Pima County Board of Supervisors, which is very unlikely. We were told yesterday that the sales tax idea would come back next year with some possible ideas of the funding breakdown since it could yield approximately $70 million versus the property tax of just under $20 million. ATB requested a seat on the oversite committee which is part of the proposal. This morning, the County Supervisors will be adopting the budget including the property tax for roads and oversite committee. We expect this to be a majority vote with Ally Miller and Steve Christy dissenting. The oversite committee will convene sometime in the late fall or early part of the winter since the County collects the property tax only twice a year. Stay tuned for more information.