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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A bill now in the state senate would ask voters if they want to extend Santa Cruz County north into Pima County.  The extension from Amado to Pima Mine Road would add 798 square miles and about 50,000 people to Santa Cruz County.  Mission, Sierrita, and the proposed Rosemont mine would also shift to Santa Cruz.  Supporters of move say it will increase property tax revenue for Santa Cruz County and give a large group of Republican voters more influence.  Opponents say the move also shifts a potentially overwhelming amount of bond debt from Pima to Santa Cruz County and helps Rosemont avoid current opposition in Pima County.

"I think the people who want to move the line are naive, I think the people who want to move the line are greedy, and I think also misinformed. At the expense of so many people, they, for the benefit of 1 copper mine, they would like to upset and relocate them to another county," said Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll, whose district includes Green Valley.

" I haven't spoken with any of the mines about this. I am, disenchanted is too nice a word to say about, Pima County's approach to economic development," said Emmett McLoughlin, president of Santa Cruz County Committee for Quality Jobs, Inc.

If the legislature approves it, voters in the affected area and Santa Cruz County could decide the matter in November.

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