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City of Tucson News Release - Proposition 409 Public Open Houses


On the November ballot, Tucson voters will have an opportunity to
consider Proposition 409, which will allocate $100 million in General
Obligation Bond funds to improve the condition of City streets. Bond
funds will be used to restore, repair and resurface streets inside the
Tucson city limits. The public is invited to learn more about
Proposition 409 at one of three open houses:
Monday, September 24, 2012
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Randolph Clubhouse, 600 S. Alvernon Way
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Quincie Douglas Recreation Center, 1575 E. 36th Street
Thursday, September 27, 2012
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Udall Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road
At each public open house, City staff will provide a brief presentation
beginning at 6:15 p.m. Following the presentation, participants can
visit several stations that will be set up to answer questions about the
bond package. The Automated Road Analyzer vehicle that the City uses to
evaluate street conditions will also be on site for the public to see.
General Obligation Bonds are a common financing tool used by local
governments to pay for infrastructure improvements. The estimated
residential tax impact of this bond program is $18 per year per $100,000
of full cash value, as determined by the Pima County Assessor. The bonds
will be repaid through the City’s secondary property tax, resulting in
an estimated average rate increase of 33 cents. If approved by voters,
the bond funds will be invested in street resurfacing over a five-year
period. All work will be competitively bid out to private contractors.
Approximately 85 percent of bond funds will be allocated to major
streets with the remainder allocated to neighborhood streets. As part of
the program, approximately 130 miles of major streets and 114 miles of
neighborhood streets will be resurfaced. The Mayor and Council have
adopted a Truth in Bonding Policy to ensure that no change can be made
to the purpose of the bond funds without going back to voters for
For more information on the bond program, visit or call 791-4204.