Republican Rick Renzi is asking voters in the Arizona 1st District to return him to Congress.
"... there remains much more that needs to be done," Renzi states on his website, www.rickrenzi.com.
In a phone interview with the Roundup, Aug. 17, the congressman talked about a number of accomplishments he has achieved for Gila County.
First he clarified his residency. While Renzi has a home in Virginia, he also has had a home in Flagstaff since 2001.
"Prior to that, my residency was at my ranch in Sonoita, Ariz., where I've paid taxes since 1998 ... Do the research, you'll find the county records show that I've been a resident of Flagstaff since 2001. On July 16, 1998 my Arizona driver's license was issued to me at my ranch in southern Arizona and I've been paying taxes since 1998 in Arizona."
Among the firm commitments Renzi was able to obtain for Gila County during his first term as Dist. 1 Congressman:
- $150,000 for a feasibility study on a bridge over Tonto Creek to serve often stranded residents of the Tonto Basin communities. The study will determine the best possible location. "The money will be allocated in October and requests for proposal will be sought in November or December," he said. Once the study is complete, a future allocation to begin the survey process and construction of a bridge will be secured.
- $500,000 in 2005 for the Gila County School Superintendent to help teachers and students.
Several issues of local interest are still in the works, including concerns of veterans raised at the recent town halls the Congressman held and obtaining water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir for Payson.
Renzi has facilitated meetings between the Payson Town Council and representatives from Salt River Project about obtaining water from the Blue Ridge Reservoir. "I talked with SRP and they are in the process of finalizing the negotiations of exchanging Phelps Dodge's water rights to SRP in exchange for SRP giving them water rights elsewhere in the district," he said. This move will consolidate the Blue Ridge water rights with SRP, putting it in the position to work with us in trading the rights to Payson in exchange for some sort of benefit for them, Renzi explained.