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My name is Ally Miller and I am serving my first term representing District 1 on the Pima County Board of Supervisors.   Since I first raised my right hand and took the oath of office in 2013, I have been a staunch advocate for the taxpayers and citizens of Pima County.  I have worked  to change the direction of Pima County and get tangible results for my constituents.  Below  is a list of some of the accomplishments in my first term on the board:

 

  • Established the first budget hearings open to the public in Pima County in my first year to bring more transparency to the budgeting process.  I promised to promote transparency.

     

  •  The establishment of an effective Constituent Services operation was a key priority in my office and we continue to look for ways to improve.  

     

  • Ended the illegal gifting of taxpayer money to charities by several members of the Pima County Supervisors.  This illegal practice had been going on for over 20 years!  Accountability to the taxpayers is a promise I will continue to promote.

     

  • Discontinued the use of a county car on taxpayer dollars.   A taxpayer funded county car is an obscene perk for elected officials.  The majority of miles driven  are for personal use.  We are in tough economic times and I believe checking vehicles out of a motor pool when necessary is adequate. 

     

  • Provided video cameras in the Board of Supervisor meetings to serve as the eyes and ears of the taxpayers who are unable to attend the meetings.  These videos are posted on my YouTube channel so  the community can view them at their convenience.

     

  • Moved for  the “Call to the Public” to  be at the beginning of the Board meetings. This makes it easier for our citizens to participate and have their voice heard without having to wait through an entire board meeting before being allowed to speak.

     

  • Established a review process for intense scrutiny of county contracts thereby uncovering numerous errors and instances of wasteful spending.  

     

  • Stopped the unnecessary wastewater rate increase requested by the management of Wastewater.  The manager has since admitted the increase wasn’t necessary.

     

  • Worked with U.S. Congresswoman Martha McSally to establish a Human Trafficking Taskforce and sponsored a proclamation to declare Pima County off-limits for Human Trafficking.

     

  • Decreased property taxes by voting NO on moving the Pima County bond package forward in 2015. This package was a “Christmas Tree” for the special interests at the expense of taxpayers.   As our current debt is paid off , the secondary tax rate will go down.   Pima county is $1.4 billion in debt and has the highest tax rate in the state of Arizona.  Pima County has more debt than the other 14 counties in AZ Combined!  The highest tax rates in the state are the root cause of our lagging recovery from the economic downturn.   

     

  • Collaborated with State Representative Vince Leach and Mark Finchem, as well as state Senator Steve Smith to create legislation that would require municipalities to provide voters with complete and accurate information on bond interest rates.

     

  • Challenged the legality of the World View Enterprise contract with Pima County.  I questioned whether this violated the gift clause of the state constitution  and the legality of invoking  emergency procurement which bypassed competitive bidding on this contract.   Unfortunately, the Board of Supervisors majority did not consider my concerns and taxpayers are now trapped in a lawsuit where even more tax dollars will be wasted. 

     

  • Developed a proposal for a Regional and Comprehensive plan (see the roads tab on this site) to repair our roads that does not raise taxes.  Blaming the state for our problems isn’t accomplishing anything for the disastrous road conditions.  Raising taxes on the backs of taxpayers has been the easy and “go to” solution for the board of supervisors.  This easy “solution”  is an utter failure in leadership.  Making the difficult decisions and tightening the belt on spending is my promise to you.  It is time to  provide the leadership necessary and get a plan on the table for the residents.  Without a plan on the table, we will continue to fail.

     

  • Collaborated with residents  to get an ordinance passed to get the panhandlers off the medians of our streets.  This has been an ongoing  safety issue which put taxpayers at financial risk in the event these individuals were injured or killed on these medians.

     

Don’t let anyone tell you one person can’t make a difference!  This is  a snapshot of what I have been able to accomplish in my first term.  I promise to continue working hard on your behalf.  I’m asking for your support as I run for re-election. There is still much work to done.  Fixing our roads,  bringing sustainable economic development and real jobs back to Pima County.

I’ve never been a “go along to get along” type person.  I believe that behavior is the root cause of many of the problems in Pima County.  Deliberation and debate are critical to making sound decisions.  I promised you  I would represent the interests of the community and that means standing up when you see something wrong. 

I look forward to a board majority that respects diversity of thought with a willingness to collaborate on decisions versus rubber stamping whatever the County Administrator serves up to them.   If re-elected, I will continue my steady course of advocating for you by providing the  leadership,  accountability and transparency that you deserve!  I am asking for your vote on August 30th, 2016.  Thank you for stopping by.

 

Ally