FLORENCE – To mark the beginning of the “Preserving Our Future” public awareness campaign, Pinal County Public Works will be installing road signs to mark projects which were funded by the county’s half-cent excise tax. These signs will be installed along current and completed road projects which have improved transportation and safety in Pinal County.
The “Preserving Our Future” campaign will highlight the history of transportation in Pinal County, the accomplishments of the current road tax, and a look at our future roadway maintenance, safety, and economic development needs.
Pinal County’s half-cent road excise tax was originally passed in 1986 and renewed in 2005. Sometimes called the “pothole tax,” this local funding is used to preserve and build our roads throughout our region. This tax is the only funding for our Transportation Improvement and Maintenance Program (TIMP.) TIMP is where Pinal County residents can submit roadway improvement recommendations which go before the Transportation Advisory Committee, which develops five-year transportation plans. This tax will expire in 2026 if not renewed by voters.
The “Preserving Our Future” signs will carry the logo as well as the website address, www.preservingpinal.com, where residents can go to learn more about this effort.
“We feel it is important to make sure residents are aware of all the improvements to our roadways that their half-cent allows us to do,” said Pinal County Public Works Director Andrew Smith. “These investments have helped improve public safety, reduce congestion, and save taxpayer dollars. Without this money, our roads would be in a serious state of disrepair and we would not be able to provide the road infrastructure to keep up with the growth in the county.”
For more information, contact:
Ray Telles, Public Information Officer