An Update From Supervisor Goodman

By The Office Of Supervisor Goodman

As we close out another year, we can’t help but reflect on some of the major accomplishments we made as Pinal County and as District 2 during 2018. We have so much to be grateful for.

The ADOA released the following facts about Pinal County in December 2017

  • Current total workforce is 180,252 – record high
  • 2245 more workers added to the total workforce over last month
  • 4.6% current unemployment rate – last month was 4.7% (record
  • low was 4.1% in May 2018 and highest in October 2009 at 13.2%)
  • Current Arizona State average is 4.7% unemployment rate
  • Current 12.6% poverty rate – lowest in the State
  • Current total County population is 445, 125
  • Current growth rate of 3.0% – highest in the State and one of the highest in the nation (we are gaining about 13,500 new residents or more each year)

The County signed Development Agreements during the last 2 weeks of December 2017 with 2 companies (Lucid Motors and Attesa Motorsports Complex) totaling $2.3 billion in capital investment and 3500 new employees with an average wage of $68k/annually.

As the Board of Supervisors, we have lowered property taxes for the last 2 years in a row, and expect to again in 2019.

We improved our partnerships and relationships with the neighboring Towns and Cities to ensure that we enhance ongoing and future economic growth together. We regularly meet with neighboring municipalities and State Representatives / Departments to keep the dialogue open and to safeguard the desired lifestyles of San Tan Valley and surrounding residents.

Thanks to community involvement, improvements have been made and will continue to be made to the current utility

system and it is closely being monitored by the Arizona Corporate Commissioners Office (ACC) as well as the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). If you are looking for updates I would invite you to visit www.azcc.gov or www.johnsonutilities.com.

As a county, we have made incredible progress with our transportation in and out of San Tan Valley. Projects like Hunt

Hwy, Meridian Road, Combs / Riggs, Gary Rd, Kenworthy, and Magma Road will help alleviate the current flow of traffic as well as sustain the future growth.

We are looking forward to an incredible 2019! Our office will be sending out monthly newsletters with community events, detailed information centered on key projects, as well as upcoming Town Hall meetings that we have planned throughout the year.

FAQ QUESTIONS

Q: Is San Tan Heights Annexing into Queen Creek?

A: It’s surprising how often this is brought up in meetings or casual conversation, so we decided to go directly to the source and ask Queen Creek Officials. https://www.queencreek.org/what-s-new/rumors-in-the-qc

Q: Have you organized an incorporation effort committee?

A: No. In order for San Tan Valley to incorporate the residents would need to coordinate this effort.

However, our office did organize the Plan San Tan Committee that takes the input that the residents gave for the San Tan Valley Special Area Plan and together we strive to find resources or other ways to bring some of these projects to life. Amenities that you (the residents of STV) suggested during the input phase of the Special Area Plan include things like: a public library, parks and recreation programs, and improved public safety measures.

Our office conducted interviews for this committee and will hopefully have their group picture and short bio in an upcoming newsletter.

Do you have a question that you would like our office to answer or offer clarification on? My office can be reached at:  520-866-8080 mike.goodman@pinalcountyaz.gov

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