The City of Tucson is attempting to annex about 600 homes near South Alvernon Way and East Valencia Road. The City will ask property owners in the 10-year-old, 174-acre Valencia Reserve neighborhood to sign a petition saying they want to live within city limits. Approximately 310 signatures are needed in one year to move forward with the annexation.
Adding the area to the city would bring an estimated $553,000 of new revenue in the first full year, mostly from state-shared revenue and property taxes, and more than $6.5 million over 10 years. A Tucson Fire Department station already is in the surrounding neighborhood and was built “in anticipation of growth and annexation in this area,” said Mike Czechowski, Tucson's annexation project manager. Residents may want to sign to get faster emergency services, City trash collections, and a vote and voice in City elections, he said.