Town Hall on the Pima County bond election



    Have you wondered how the bond on the ballot in November could impact the greater Vail area? Join the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce’s first town hall to explore the different ways our community could change if the bond is approved. This is a purely educational event. It kicks off with a presentation of the bond by Pima County Manager Chuck Huckleberry followed by speakers from different organizations. We will finish with a Q&A session from the audience. Come prepared to get your questions answered so you know how to vote in November’s election.

    Confirmed presenters include:

    The Where’s What’s and Why’s of the Bonds: Chuck Huckelberry, Pima County Administrator
    Proposition 425: UA Tech Park, Ben J. Tuchi, PhD, Treasurer of the Campus Research Corporation
    Proposition 425: Sonoran Corridor and Roads, Chuck Huckelberry, Pima County Manager
    Proposition 426: Southeast Branch Library, Melinda Cervantes’ Office, Pima County Director
    Proposition 427: Colossal Cave Mountain Park, Brian Held, General Manager
    Proposition 427: Pima County Fairgrounds, Jon Baker, Executive Director, Pima County Fairgrounds
    Proposition 428: Purple Heart Park Expansion and Esmond Station Regional Park, Sandi Garrick, Project Manager, Pima County Parks and Recreation
    Proposition 428: YMCA at UA Tech Park, Dane Woll, President/CEO, YMCA of Southern AZ
    Proposition 429: Vail Sheriff Substation, Chris Nanos, Pima County Sheriff

    Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll will also be in attendance.

    For details about the event, please contact:
    Executive Director at the Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce
    Michelle Harrington at (520) 261-VAIL (8245)

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Over 200 people in attendance tonight at this town hall, with the first hour consisting of those speakers on the list above, with addition of Amber Matheson for the SE branch library. Each speaker explained the benefit of the bond pkg. for their respective project in Props. 425 to 429. Statements from the Vote No on Pima Bonds people ( were made by several in the audience. Numerous questions were about how to justify the debt, timeline for the regional park, YMCA facility, increase in the real property tax rate, what oversight will there be, how pay for the operations/maintenance of the projects, what job projections/creation, where would the bonds be bought & if they would be tax exempt (state/federal), would sheriff’s substation be close to Empire HS, any alternative funding if bonds don’t pass? Audience did applaud a 75 year old woman who said she was willing to pay her retirement $ for these projects. In attendance tonight Ward 4 Councilmember Shirley Scott, District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll, Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker.


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