As Mayor for the past 8 years, I have the experience, knowledge and desire to lead Oro Valley into the future. Oro Valley has come a long way since I was first elected. Then we were a community struggling with its politics, growth and financial future. Now we are recognized as a leader in public safety, development standards, public participation and regional cooperation. Financially, we are sound. We've survived the down times brought on by 9/11 and recession with our cash reserves intact, not a small task. We've increased public safety by committing to a policy of maintaining a police force of 2 officers per 1000 residents. Our police force has grown every year to maintain this ratio along with our growing population. Our transportation system is in a position to accommodate growth, instead of the former practices of catching up to growth.
Our pro-active approach to our heritage and environment has allowed us to grow while preserving landmarks, open space and views. We have built our relationships with our surrounding neighbors and are active participants in our state government. Together we are making it happen.
Let's take a look at some of the accomplishments we've had in the last eight years.
* Built and widened our arterial roadways to handle current and future traffic
* Improved the reliability and capacity of our water system
* Brought reclaimed water to Oro Valley
* Built the CDO Riverfront Park
* Purchased the Naranja Town Site
* Built and expanded the Library
* Brought businesses to Oro Valley
* Brought commercial retail to Oro Valley
* Preserved Honeybee Canyon all the way to it headwaters
* Preserved the Sausalito Wash and area north of Honeybee Canyon.
* Preserved the Honeybee Village Core Archeological Site
* Acquired significant mesquite bosques in Steampump Village and across from Catalina State Park
* Acquired trails to provide connectivity throughout Oro Valley
* Developed most new subdivisions at lower densities than were allowed.
* Annexed the Oracle/Magee commercial centers, La Cholla Air Park, Rancho Vistoso Neighborhood 12
* Successful passage of Save-a-Plant legislation
* Successful passage of HELP Transportation loan legislation
* Successful passage of Multi-Jurisdiction Water District legislation
* Successful passage of Regional Transportation Authority legislation
These accomplishments have been done through five different town councils under my leadership and all of us have made it happen!
Oro Valley is a very different community than it was when I first moved here in 1994. We have grown and more than doubled our population. We are no longer a small town on the edge of Tucson. We are an active member in regional and state affairs.
We have spent the last eight years catching up and then growing with our population, the next four years are our opportunity to get ahead of our infrastructure needs by planning for our community needs of 2025. We are ready to work together with our neighbors to expand our CAP water usage. We have the initial regional transportation plan that will create the corridors to allow us to better move through our region. We are able to work together while maintaining our community character and independence.
We still have lots of work to do to be a "community of excellence" and I look forward to leading us on that path into the next decade.
Vote to re-elect Mayor Paul Loomis and together we are making it happen.
CANDIDATE NANCY YOUNG WRIGHT RESPONDS:
"Preserved Honeybee Canyon all the way to it headwaters" RESPONSE: Totally false. After the failed attempt of Neighborhood 12 annexation, the County took over the development. As a condition of the rezoning, County Supervisors negotiated a donation of land by Vistoso Partners of about 1000 Acres. It included the HBC and HBC park (186 Ac), all the land north of HBC in Neighborhood 12 and Neighborhood 11 (195 Ac), and part of the Big Wash flood plain (645 Ac), plus 35 acres for a middle school which has never been dedicated to the school district. As for headwaters, the town set the HBC watershed in Neighborhood 11 to destruction. The watershed was in natural open space designated land, and is now rezoned for development.
"Developed most new subdivisions at lower densities than were allowed." RESPONSE: The Town has consistently allowed higher densities than natural conditions will accommodate. Sensitive riparian areas, ridgelines and view corridors have been compromised. A by-product has been crowded schools, increased traffic, noise, and the "sea of roof tops" effect. Strong citizen advocacy, not the sensitivity from the Mayor, has resulted in lower densities. The mayor has not worked cooperatively with the school district. Instead, the school district had to go directly to developers to ask them to help pay for the needs of the new students created by the upzonings.
"We have built our relationships with our surrounding neighbors…" RESPONSE: Surrounding neighbors are in fact distrustful of Oro Valley. We need to treat people with honesty and respect.
"We are financially sound…." RESPONSE: How we could be considered "financially sound" when we have used our cash reserves to balance the budget?
"Brought reclaimed water to Oro Valley." RESPONSE: Mayor Loomis voted to raise Oro Valley residents' water rates several times. Developers should have paid for the effluent. The town ignored a citizens group which recommended CAP and instead brought in reclaimed water. That water is more expensive and can only be used for golf course irrigation (too many contaminants, too expensive). The council passed the cost of infrastructure to the citizens through higher rates. The Town has not been able to negotiate with Marana or Metro Water for a joint CAP delivery system.
"Brought commercial retail to Oro Valley." RESPONSE: Is giving away $40,000,000 of our future sales tax revenue to four commercial developers an accomplishment?
"Annexed Oracle/Magee commercial centers, La Cholla Air Park, Rancho Vistoso Neighborhood 12." RESPONSE: Many people are concerned about the tactics that were used to get them to agree to annexation. Almost before the ink was dry on the La Cholla Airpark agreement, the Town proposed a utility tax. It was recently revealed that the Mayor sat on a transportation board that had considered extending La Cholla Boulevard directly through the Air Park and the Tortolita Mountain Park. It's inexcusable that Mayor Loomis knew about this for years without discussing it with the Air Park residents.
Space does not permit me to go into further detail. For more information, please visit my website at www.nancyyoungwright.com.