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Pima County board votes to sue Tucson over water rates

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted last Wednesday to pursue legal action against the city of Tucson over water rates for rural residents.

The supervisors said they reached out to the city in August, but had not received a response.

At issue is the fact that some Pima County residents will be hit with higher water rates while others will not.

"What we were doing as the majority on the Board of Supervisors, is advocating for the interests of our constituents who are going to be hit with these higher rates, because since they live outside the city limits they have no voice in city government," said Supervisor Rex Scott.

The city receives some of its water from the Central Arizona Project, which has been hard hit by an ongoing drought. Scott said that shortage makes collaborative dialogue on water issues critical.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.