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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima Mine Road will remain in Pima County as it stands right now.  The legislature would have had to approve putting a measure in front of voters to shift the Santa Cruz County north before they could make it a reality.  But after outcry on both sides of the issue, the bill won't even receive a hearing in front of a state senate committee.

Moving the county line up from Amado to Pima Mine Road would have shifted 798 square miles and more than 50,000 Pima County residents to Santa Cruz County.

That would have taken tax money from Pima and put it in Santa Cruz.  But opponents like Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll pointed out that bond debt would also have shifted south in the form of projects either not paid off or not even built yet.  Those are the kinds of questions supporters like Emmett McLoughlin, president of the Santa Cruz County Committee for Quality Jobs said need to be answered in public for this to be successful.  He expects to make another attempt in the future.  Mission, Sierrita, and the proposed Rosemont copper mine would have also ended up in Santa Cruz County.  Supervisor Carroll said that he has supported mining.  But he does not support Rosemont, and called this a move to avoid opposition to it.

"Frankly, Mr. Carroll and other company, they pre-empted us.  We really weren't ready to discuss this because we had not finished the diplomacy between Nogales and Sahuarita and Green Valley," McLoughlin said.

"It was a power grab in the worst way and we felt that the push-back immediately was the only choice that we had.  Some feathers were ruffled, some people probably deserve to be able to give their side of the story on some bills, but not a bill that is as dramatic or drastic as this bill was," Carroll said.

Carroll plans on a town hall in Green Valley next week.

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