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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -  The Pima County's Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to move ahead with the purchase of Painted Hills.

It will pay about $8 million when all is said and done.

District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller cast the lone dissenting vote.

The Painted Hills property is located near 3200 West Speedway and the Anklam Wash.

It's 269 acres covered with 9,000 saguaro and many other species of desert vegetation.

Voters first approved the acquisition in 1997 and again in 2004.

But the owner refused to sell but later sold it to a Dallas Pension Fund for $27 million in 2007.

It planned to put nearly 250 homes on the property's but the housing industry went bust, the city refused to connect water to the property and the pension fund lost in court. 

Even though the county will pay a bit more than it wanted for the property, the county feels it made an important purchase.

"It's probably the singles largest expansion in Tucson Mountain Park in the last ten years," says Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. "It's a very important acquisition."

The county expects to take possession in August or early September.

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