TUCSON, AZ: Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller today responded to a letter that was she was copied on from the Goldwater Institute, addressed to Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson. The letter from the Goldwater Institute was concerning the recent contract established between Pima County and World View Enterprises, regarding the establishment of a spaceport.
Supervisor Miller strongly questioned Pima County’s decision to enter into the contract, stating, “I strongly objected to this deal and questioned whether this was a violation of the Arizona gift clause per Article 9, Section 2 of the Arizona constitution. I also questioned whether an ’emergency’ procurement per ARS 41-2537 was necessary or legal… I believe Pima County should be focused on funding core services such as road repairs and step increases for the Sheriff deputies. Investing in a high risk private sector company isn’t the business of county government.” You can read Supervisor Miller’s full response in our most recent newsletter HERE.
The letter, written by James Manley, a senior attorney for the Goldwater Institute, requested that Pima County immediately terminate its contracts with World View Enterprises, as well as cancel all its Certificates of Participation, after determining that such actions taken by Pima County were in violation of the Article 9-Section 2 of the Arizona State Constitution. A response from Pima County was requested by the Goldwater Institute on or before April 8, 2016. You can view the full letter HERE.