RTA/County Road Projects & the District
RTA/County Road Projects - With the 2006 voter approved Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) funding for Pima County wide road improvements, the District was required to address a large number of road widening projects within its service area starting in 2008. These road projects required all utilities to relocate their facilities in conflict with the new road improvements.
The first RTA funded Pima County Road project within the District was the La Cañada Drive Road Project from Ina Road to Calle Concordia, which was completed in July 2010 at a cost of $1.04 million.
Pima County decided to accelerate the RTA funded road projects to take advantage of the lower construction cost. Five RTA/County funded projects were scheduled by Pima County within the District between 2011 and 2013. It was estimated these subsequent projects would require waterline relocations costing $6.6 million for the District.
At the November 8, 2010 meeting, the Board approved funding for up to $6.6 million of waterline relocation projects through the issuance of revenue bonds. The bonds sunset at the end of 2020.
Subsequently, RTA and Pima County added two more road projects in 2013 that required Metro Water to relocate additional waterlines.
Waterline Relocation Fee - The Board decided to implement a monthly $3.00 waterline relocation fee that would apply to all customers as a way to fund the La Cañada Drive Road Project. The fee became effective June 1, 2009 and was revisited in May 2011. The fee generates enough funds to cover the annual debt retirement for the revenue bonds to finance the waterline relocation projects. The Board of Directors voted unanimously on February 8, 2016 to reaffirm the RTA Fee will sunset at the end of 2020.
RTA Projects Today - With eight projects to date, the District has spent at least $7.5 million within a four year period when the waterline relocations were finished in 2013.
RTA and the County also have indicated that they would like to pursue road projects for Thornydale Road north of Cortaro Road, La Cholla - Overton to Lambert, and on Valencia Road, all of which would impact the District's service areas.