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State Senate Bill to increase number of Pima County Supervisors passes

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TUCSON (KVOA) - This bill aims to increase the board of supervisors from 5 to 9 members. Supporters of the bill say this expansion is overdue and will help with better representation. Detractors say it is unnecessary.

J.D. Mesnard, a state senator from Maricopa County, proposed the bill because each County supervisor in Maricopa county represents over 900,000 people.

Each Pima county supervisors represents around 200,000.

State Senator Mesnard said, "So, 900,000 people is more than a member of the US House of Representatives even today represents the counties have certainly come into the limelight a little bit more as of as of late."

Victoria Steele is a state senator that covers the Foothills area in Tucson and voted no to Mesnard's bill. "It is a solution in search of a problem. There's no problem here. We've had no complaints we have no reports of lack of representation."

Mesnard says it will help to communicate with local government easier. "I am a believer in the idea that the smaller the constituency that you represent the more tailored the more focused the better representation you get."

Many in the opposition including state senator Steele say we're already spending enough, and this is an unnecessary expense. "This would be a huge waste of taxpayers' money and frankly I'm surprised that this is sponsored by a republican because they generally aren't in favor of more bureaucracy."

The bill has been passed on to the house, but they have not scheduled a vote yet for the bill.

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