What Took Place At this Month’s Sizzling Seniors Event

This month Economic Director Tim Kanavel and County Manager Greg Stanley gave a lengthy, and educational, presentation at this months event offering a lot of great information for residents.

The new San Tan Valley Courthouse (The Pioneer Justice Court) will have a ribbon cutting on May 8th. That location is 3655 Hunt Highway.

The Regional Transportation Plan

The lawsuit from the Goldwater Institute has proceeded. The judge has allowed the county to begin collecting the tax revenue as of April of 2018. This means the county has about one year of tax revenue collected and sitting in an escrow account and will remain there until the litigation is over. About $15 million has been collected.

Everything in the Regional Transportation plan is on hold due to the litigation. Though the county and some municipalities are working together to get the engineering ready so that once the appeals process is complete, and if the Regional Transportation plan can move forward, the projects are ready to go.

The county is moving ahead as if the county will prevail. It is a slow process and it will take time to reach a decision no matter the outcome.

County Wide Home Development

Over 100,000 rooftops have already been approved countywide.

Johnson Utilities

Greg Stanley mentioned that EPCOR is confident that this summer the area will not have the water pressure problems. Stanley also mentioned that any critical spare parts needed for pump repairs will be on hand and available by the end of this month. This is important to note as one of the problems the area encountered last summer was when a pump went down and Johnson Utilities did not have the spare parts on hand to make the repairs.

Storage tanks should now be able to keep up and maintain water pressure if any repair may be needed for up to 36 hours.

Road Work

Hunt Highway’s current phase should be finished in May. 

Economic Development

Tim Kanavel spoke about several projects that are coming to Pinal County. Pinal County is at 12.6% poverty level which is the lowest in all fifteen counties in Arizona.

Pinal County’s unemployment rate last year was at 4.1%, the lowest in history since they kept records.

Pinal has the most Billion Dollar+ companies than any other county in the country. From Lucid, to Nikola Motor, Evolution Copper, all of which are valued at a billion or more. 

There is also Attesa’s racing complex, a 2400 acre racing facility that is supposed to start their first race track this fall.

The economic director also touched upon LKQ Corporation, which is a Fortune 500 auto parts and vehicle recycling company that is planning to construct a 107,000 square-foot warehouse in Casa Grande.

For San Tan Valley, a company called Severtson Screens, big screen manufacturer, will be opening in May. They will be located off of Schnepf Road.

Severtson Corporation first started in 1986 with its first job at Arizona’s own Williams Air Force Base in response to the US Air Force’s need to find both a quality optical coating and a uniform application process for the screens of their domed simulators.

You can learn more about the company online at: http://severtsonscreens.com

Both, Kanavel and Stanley, were very positive and upbeat in terms of how Pinal has had a huge turnaround from 10 years ago and spoke about having a plan and sticking to it.

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