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Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:21 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

A local business membership organization is hosting a four-part breakfast series to discuss major issues in the Tucson region, starting in August and concluding in November.

The Metropolitan Pima Alliance is asking people to discuss both sides of issues such as annexation, water use, elections and taxes. All breakfasts will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Viscount Suite Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway Blvd.

MPA Executive Director Michael Guymon wants the forums to offer a variety of perspectives, helping attendees leave each session with well-formed solutions to the issues, a release said.

"These upcoming breakfasts are very different from our typical monthly sessions of panel discussions or presentations," said Guymon. "We want healthy debate that facilitates action the entire community, not just government officials or business leaders, can agree on."

The breakfast topics are as follows:

Friday, Aug. 21: Annexation

"Some leaders say if municipalities do more to annex areas of unincorporated Pima County, they would bring $80 million in additional state shared revenue to the region," said Guymon. "Only 65 percent of residents live in incorporated areas."

Area leaders will discuss strategies and their varying successes in annexing Pima County's unincorporated land.

Friday, Sept. 18: Water

The City of Tucson and Pima County have started identifying current and future water availability for the region. However, Guymon said some are concerned that the process was initiated without the input of other jurisdictions. Leaders from the involved organizations will express their viewpoints.

Friday, Oct. 23: City of Tucson elections

This November, City of Tucson residents will vote for council members to represent Wards 3, 5, and 6. Candidates will address the public.

"Even though this discussion only pertains to one jurisdiction, Tucson Water serves 75 percent of our region," said Guymon. "The decisions made by the council affect more than just the city's residents."

Friday, Nov. 20: Taxes

Maricopa and Pima County representatives will compare and contrast the way in which taxes are collected to help determine "whether we could make improvements in Southern Arizona."

For more information, contact Guymon at (520) 751-1030 or michael@mpaaz.org. To RSVP online, visit www.mpaaz.org/events/breakfast.

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