COVID continues, so Tucson area elected leaders continue to have to deal with it

Blake Morlock

Southern Arizona may be fed up with coronavirus, but we are not fed up with coronavirus.

Viruses don’t get bored, tired, or distracted. They don’t decide that they don’t like what’s on and switch channels or streaming service. They don’t decide they aren’t that into us anymore because the human hosts of 2022 sold out and popular.

Humans are the fuel of COVID-19 and COVID-19 will burn away humanity for as long as they or we exist.

Pima County’s overseers just had their coronavirus update. The Tucson City Council and Amphitheater Board of Directors will receive theirs on January 11th.

The virus doesn’t stop.

14,000 new cases were reported in Arizona on Friday, with the seven-day average nearing 10,000 daily cases. The number is just below the state record set this week a year ago. 1,700 new cases have been reported in Pima County. The wildly contagious Omicron variant is only just beginning. Hold on to something.

It’s not that neither the city council nor the Amphi board will vote on certain recipes. Employees will only inform elected executives of the state of the virus within the jurisdiction. Then it will be up to the representatives of the people to find out in which direction they want to go if necessary.

Then both will develop guidelines for a future agenda … or they will not.

The city council will take up the issue during a study session on Tuesday afternoon before the evening session. Study meetings are less formal than normal meetings as members talk about city affairs and they know they are not allowed to vote on any of it.

For example, the Council will discuss participation in regional transport planning. You can discuss the RTA. They can discuss going their own way. You can talk what you want. You are only allowed to tell the staff what to do so that they can vote on the topic later.

The Tucson city council meeting agenda – like Thursday morning – consists of an approval agenda, small items that can be dealt with in a single vote, and final approval of a new fee schedule for development.

Builders aren’t being asked to pay more per se, but a new computer system is being installed and the council is shifting some numbers and trying to streamline the process after decades of public grumbling.

The council will also discuss a proposed annexation of 77 acres on the southeast corner of South Alvernon Way and East Los Reales Road. It’s exactly the kind of annexation that municipalities love. It would bring in an additional quarter of a million in sales and property tax receipts while adding zero, nothing, zero, nothing people.

Marana City Council will be briefed on the budget process for fiscal year 2022-23 during its session on Tuesday.

We’ll see more of this in the field as the budget season kicks off. Budgets are usually not approved until the end of May, but at the beginning of the year the council and boards get an overview of how much money is being received and what the priorities of the employees are (if that is fine for the elected body). Board members and council members can then say, “Hey, we want this new initiative.”

Marana gets her briefing on Tuesday.

The Marana Unified School District Praesidium will focus on human resources issues at its meeting on Thursday, including sending out a letter to highly skilled staff letting them know that their jobs are safe from layoffs for the next year so they don’t start theirs Skills to buy elsewhere.

The Marana school board will also approve a salary plan showing why they would want to do this kind of thing. Support reps make less than $ 20 an hour across the board, with the exception of computer nerds (typed with love) and a single category of budget analyst.

The board will also vote on a special sick leave category for those who are showing symptoms of the coronavirus or who have tested positive for the coronavirus. The available vacation of 10 days is granted in addition to the standard benefits.

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