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Maricopa County Budget Boosts Transportation Funding 13 Percent

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Maricopa County’s tentative budget includes a moderate overall spending increase, and spending on transportation infrastructure would jump significantly.

The budget would increase funding to the transportation department by more than 13 percent.

$7 million would go to managing and maintaining county roadway surfaces, while $1.75 million would go to bridge preservation and drainage studies.

The budget increase will be supported by higher revenue from gas taxes and license fees.

The transportation department projected a hundred million dollar budget shortfall through 2035 if all planned maintenance and development is carried out.

County residents can still comment on the budget before the final vote June 19.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.