by Jon Thompson, Mayor, City of Coolidge

One of the reasons I enjoy writing these articles is the ability to talk about the exciting changes happening all around the City of Coolidge. Many of our streets in the downtown area are being repaved. The revitalization adds improvements to the look and feel of our growing downtown, and offers residents and visitors alike a place to come together. Along with our streets, our Coolidge Library has a new addition and meeting space. The new activities center was constructed in early 2017 and has hosted many functions from community talks to activities for children.

I’d also like to highlight two proposals on the upcoming election in November this year. Propositions 416 and 417 will help pave the way for much needed road and transportation projects across Pinal County. Some of the highlights of these propositions for Coolidge include:

  • A brand new north-south freeway that will align within the city limits running from Apache Junction to Eloy connecting Interstate 10.
  • Increased Dial-A-Ride transportation for senior citizens and those in need
  • Kleck Road improvements
  • Additional funds to pay for enhanced public transportation within the city and county

I believe these projects will provide needed infrastructure to fuel economic opportunities in Coolidge and the rest of Pinal County. Funding these projects will incur a one-half-cent sales tax. While I’m not a supporter of raising taxes, I truly believe this sales tax will accomplish much needed transportation improvements around the city and county.

Finally, I’d like to invite the public and our residents to the Calvin Coolidge Days on Oct. 5, 6, 7 and 8. This is a wonderful celebration of life in Coolidge with a parade, food, carnival, activities and more. All of these functions will take place downtown at San Carlos Park. I invite you to visit and see the many sights and events Coolidge has to offer.