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After years of dispute over control of the Marana Wastewater Reclamation Facility, the Pima County Board of Supervisors is calling for an end to further litigation with the Town of Marana, recently extending two separate settlement offers.
The Arizona Supreme Court has declined to hear the Town of Marana’s case relating to a ballot measure that would have allowed the municipality to own and operate a wastewater facility without seeking voter approval in next year’s town elections.
As the Town of Marana and Pima County continue to battle for possession of the Marana Wastewater Reclamation Facility, a recent ruling by the Arizona Court of Appeals has the county optimistic about the potential outcome.
In a recent update to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said another lawsuit will be filed against the Town of Marana if they don’t pay the more than $18 million owed for the wastewater treatment facility.
The battle over wastewater rights between Pima County and Marana has state lawmakers interested, with Senate President Steve Pierce asking Gov. Jan Brewer to step in.
Now that the Town of Marana has officially taken control of one of the county’s five wastewater treatment plants, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said it’s the taxpayers who will continue to lose.
The Town of Marana has a new ally in the fight with Pima County over wastewater rights.
After Senate Bill 1171 became law on July 20, officials from the Town of Marana sent a letter to Pima County requesting the rights they feel they deserve to wastewater services and the associated infrastructure.
The Marana Town Council voted to allow Mayor Ed Honea to execute a one-year extension of the intergovernmental agreement between the town and Pima County for provision of water-consumption data and sewer-user account billing.
Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1171 into law Monday, paving the way for the Town of Marana to enter the wastewater business.
Contrary to (Marana) Mayor Ed Honea’s recent guest opinion (“Passage of SB 1171 would be great for business,” March 16, 2011) alleging that Pima County’s wastewater services system has not “…been run properly,” a quick check of the facts show that the opposite is true.
Marana has a proven track record of success.
For several years, Marana has been fighting for the right to operate and manage its own portion of the public sewer utility. Pima County has been allowed to hold a near-monopoly on the operation and management of the public sewer utility throughout the county since 1979. All development with a density higher than one residence per acre requires a sewer hookup, so Pima County’s control of the public sewer utility has effectively allowed it to dictate land use decisions throughout the county.
Pima County officials have come out with another reason why wastewater treatment should remain under a single, region-wide entity — cost.
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On March 8, Marana voters will determine who will fill two open seats on the Marana Town Council. In last week’s paper, The Explorer ran responses to questions about issues impacting the town from three of the four council candidates: incumbents Russell Clanagan and Roxanne Ziegler, and newcomer David Bowen. This week, candidate Jeffrey Gray weighs in on the same issues regarding the Marana Regional Landfill and Marana’s wastewater.
Southern Arizona has many things working in its favor: a desirable climate, breathtaking natural beauty, a world-class university and a highly skilled workforce. But without true regionalism in which every city and town is allowed to set its own course for success to the benefit of all who live here, Pima County will fall short of its limitless potential.