In the past eight years since I was first elected, Tucson has seen enormously positive change in multiple areas.
Then – we were mired in litigation with the Rio Nuevo Board, faced a $44 million dollar operating deficit, were under investigation from the state auditor general, had negative bond outlooks, and the general trust in local government was low.
Now – after eight years of hard work, the city is headed on an upward trajectory.
Not only have we resolved all of the legal issues with Rio Nuevo, but the city and the new Rio Board are partnering in millions of dollars of projects throughout the downtown core.
Not only is the operating deficit gone, but for the past two years we have ended the fiscal year with structurally balanced budgets.
This mayor and council has ensured all of our financial actions, development agreements and investment incentives are fully transparent and consistent with the state constitutional gift clause. Combined they have led to over $500 million in private sector investment in our downtown area.
Every one of the three major bond rating agencies has eliminated the negative outlook on our ratings.
Trust? The best example is Proposition 101. Every ward in the city passed our roads and public safety ballot question by over 10 points. With a 62% margin, the voters said ‘yes’ to the work we’ve been doing, trusting us with another five years of funding to continue that work.
I’m asking for four years to continue serving Tucson. Let’s keep building on the successes we’ve achieved together. Ours is a good story – one of hard work, and positive outcomes.