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URGENT ACTION REQUIRED: STOP THE ABUSE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS AND KEEP HIGLEY FROM BUILDING A PUBLICLY FUNDED GAS STATION

9-15-13
GET INVOLVED !  HELP STOP THE ABUSE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS AND KEEP HIGLEY FROM BUILDING A PUBLICLY FUNDED GAS STATION.
 
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL EACH ONE OF THE MARICOPA COUNTY BOARD MEMBERS BY SEPTEMBER 23RD.  BELOW IS A SAMPLEEMAIL YOU CAN SEND.
 
Main # for Maricopa County Board of Supervisors: (602) 506-3416
Denny Barney: barneyd@mail.maricopa.gov

Steve Chucri: chucris@mail.maricopa.gov

Andy Kunasek: akunasek@mail.maricopa.gov

Clint Hickman: chickman@mail.maricopa.gov

Mary Rose Wilcox: mrwilcox@mail.maricopa.gov

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To:          barneyd@mail.maricopa.govchucris@mail.maricopa.gov,akunasek@mail.maricopa.govchickman@mail.maricopa.gov , mrwilcox@mail.maricopa.gov

Subject:  13017-ITN QUEEN CREEK LANDFILL AIR QUALITY PROJECT PROPOSAL APPLICATION

Dear Board of Supervisors,

I urge you to oppose the grant being requested from the Higley Unified School Board for the following reasons.

Reason #1
The total cost of implementation was not known when the HUSD governing board approved the grant proposal and the board was not adequately prepared to consider long-term viability of full implementation.  The grant proposal states that a “comprehensive cost analysis” was completed “prior to submitting this project for your consideration”; however, no such documentation was provided to the public or the Governing Board Members responsible for approving this project.

Reason #2
A basic cost benefit analysis conducted after the fact show a significant net expense to the district over the next decade

Reason #3
The project does not represent the greatest and best use of funds for the children in the school district

Reason #4
The proposal application is founded on the claim that Higley will change its purchasing specifications to require the purchase of CNG vehicles as the district's existing fleet of approximately 115 vehicles requires replacement.  There is a significant net expense associated with the purchase of CNG vehicles versus diesel or unleaded. When questioned by governing board member Jake Hoffman at the Sept 10, 2013 board meeting on the ramifications this diverted revenue would have on students over the next 10-15 years the Board President, Vice President and Superintendent all stated that the district wouldn't necessarily replace all district vehicles with CNG.  It seems that either the public is being deceived as to the full cost of implementation OR the County Board of Supervisors is being deceived in an effort to fraudulently obtain grant funds.

Reason #5
The air quality benefit proposed by HUSD in the grant application is only possible once the district has replaced a significant portion of the fleet with CNG vehicles.  Currently the district has zero (0) CNG vehicles and does not plan to immediately buy more than one or two.  It will be 10-15 years before HUSD will have enough of their fleet running on CNG for the air quality benefit proposed in the grant application to even be realized. 

Reason #6
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a fuel technology that has not succeeded in the market without the crutch of government subsidies and tax credits.  Arizona has only a handful of CNG stations and only one exists in the East Valley.  CNG vehicles represent less than four one-hundredths of one percent of all vehicles registered in the United States.  Education is not the appropriate petri dish for unproven, currently unsustainable commodities.

Reason #7
Arizona state law prohibits government entities from directly competing with private industry.  The nearest CNG fueling station to HUSD is a private company, Clean N’ Green, in Mesa.  Considering the incredibly limited selection of CNG fueling stations in Arizona, a government run CNG gas station would necessarily and directly compete with private enterprise, more specifically, Clean N’ Green.  It is also worth mentioning loud and clear that HUSD would likely crush Clean N’ Green considering their ability to disregard profit and subsidize the operation with a constant flow of tax dollars.  The district site at which Higley wants to place this publicly accessible gas station is less than 5 miles from Clean N’ Green. (see map) (http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2012/08/23/waste-management... CTRL + Click to follow link" color="#0000FF">http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2012/08/23/waste-management...)

 

 

Please vote NO to this grant being requested by Higley Unified School District. 

 


Best Regards,

 *** YOUR NAME *** 

Concerned Maricopa County Taxpayer

 

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