Dan Shearer, editor of the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun, wrote an editorial about my campaign for Pima County Supervisor District 4, and although he did a great job of capturing a high level understanding, there are a couple of points which should be further explored.
You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.
The editorial stated, “He didn’t like Christy’s support of $100,000 for American Airlines to secure non-stop flights from Tucson to New York in 2017.”
The $100,000 dollars referenced was not to secure American Airlines non-stop flights from Tucson to New York – it was a bailout for American Airlines and the Tucson Chamber of Commerce in their deal which did not include Pima County in the contract. See the video below to learn more:
Another reference says “He doesn’t like COPs — Certificates of Participation — that pay for projects but don’t require a vote. Backer calls it money laundering. Christy supports use of COPs in some circumstances.”
I didn’t call it money laundering, it was Administrator Huckelberry who called Certificates of Participation “we have to launder the money” in front of a group in Green Valley. See for yourself in the video below:
Dan Shearer also wrote an editorial about my campaign for the Pima County Board of Supervisors in 2016. You can read that editorial here.
I’m opposed to the use of Certificates of Participation (COPs) because they are a non-voter approved debt instruments which mortgages our county buildings at a higher cost than other forms of financing. In Pima County, 1 in 5 people live in poverty and we paying the highest property tax in the entire state – enough is enough.
I’m opposed to using our tax dollars to benefit the few, select businesses at the expense of the rest of us. We have just seen that World View appears to have left Pima County taxpayers holding the bag as the founders have moved to Florida along with their plan to launch tourist to the edge of space using a balloon. Supervisor Christy voted to support Pima County taxpayers to pay for over $800,000 of furnishings for World View.
We have priorities in Pima county including public safety and improving our road conditions among others. We don’t want our tax dollars to continue to be wasted on crony deals.
Back Backer for Supervisor in District 4. Learn more about the issues and about my campaign at http://BackBacker.org.