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Corporation Commission continues pursuing Johnson Utilities audit

Sat, Aug 5, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Arizona Corporation Commission officials say the agency’s rate and operation review of water provider Johnson Utilities — which was ordered not long after the indictment of the utility company’s owner — is moving forward. But one Pinal County public official said he’s skeptical of the progress. “It doesn’t

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I-10 widening project in CG to include buffer walls with water art

Sat, Aug 5, 2017

Pinal County

CASA GRANDE — Widening of Interstate 10 on the southern edge of Casa Grande will begin early next year and will feature art elements that reflect the historic importance of water in the Casa Grande Valley, officials said.

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ocial Security dollars go far in Pinal, study finds

Fri, Jul 21, 2017

Pinal County

CASA GRANDE — Retirees looking to relocate in Arizona might want to give Pinal County a closer look if they’re aiming to stretch their Social Security dollars as far as possible. According to a recent study by New York-based financial consulting hub SmartAsset, Pinal ranks second in Arizona — beaten only

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Pinal road excise tax on ballot in November

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — The Pinal County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution Wednesday approving a Regional Transportation Plan and Transportation Excise Tax and calling for a Nov. 7 election date. The plan and half-cent transportation excise tax are intended to allocate about $640 million in transportation funding over the next two decades

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Miller lone vote against county budget because of pay raise option

Thu, Jul 13, 2017

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FLORENCE — Pinal County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Miller was in favor of the final 2017-18 fiscal year budget amount presented at the supervisors meeting Wednesday. But he voted “no” on the item anyway. The final budget rings in just where the tentative budget — which was set early last month

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Queen Creek may want to purchase Johnson Utilities

Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Pinal County

QUEEN CREEK — The town of Queen Creek may be seeking to purchase Johnson Utilities, according to multiple state lawmakers. But a town spokesman said there’s nothing in the works. Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, told PinalCentral that Queen Creek representatives spoke with him and other representatives in a brief meeting last week

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Pinal board to discuss possible legal action against Johnson Utilities

Tue, Jun 6, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — In light of a recent indictment of Johnson Utilities owner George Johnson and three others, Pinal County Supervisor Mike Goodman said he wants county officials to be kept in the loop on discussions taking place related to the utility company, which affects residents in his district. The

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Black leaders: Remove Confederate monuments from Arizona

Mon, Jun 5, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Black leaders in Arizona are pushing Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to remove six Confederate monuments on public land, including one at Picacho Peak, that they say are offensive and glorify the country’s racist past. The push comes as Southern communities wrestle with whether to keep longstanding symbols of the

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Confederate monuments, NAAP

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Study: Pinal workers don't make enough to afford area rentals

Mon, Jun 12, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- It may be no surprise to Arizona renters. But a new report shows that an affordable apartment -- one within their means -- requires more than what they typically earn in a 40-hour week. New data from the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows it takes 1.1 full-time jobs at

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Economics, Low Income Housing Coalition,

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New RICO law could impact Pinal County lawsuit

Tue, May 23, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Reforms Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law last month concerning Arizona’s civil forfeiture procedures may impact an ongoing lawsuit against Pinal County. Two years ago, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit after the Pinal County Attorney’s Office seized a San Tan Valley woman’s truck and sold it.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Civic Forfeiture procedures

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