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Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:00 am | Updated: 8:30 am, Wed May 4, 2011.

Marana residents have received their mail-in ballots, and the polls will be open May 17. While our town council elections were decided in March, there are still a couple of important matters to decide in this month’s General Election: Marana’s 2010 General Plan update and Trico Electric Cooperative’s franchise agreement with the town.

The General Plan provides the vision of the community and describes the relationship among the use of land, transportation, environmental quality and compatible development. It conveys policy direction and implementation strategies for such things as the community’s vision and values, orderly growth and economic development opportunities. It does not establish taxes or rezone property.

The General Plan supplies many of the considerations and criteria necessary to guide growth and development. It has been developed to conform to the requirements of the Growing Smarter legislation adopted by the State of Arizona.

The updated plan underwent extensive public outreach and community engagement before Town Council unanimously approved it last December.

For more information on the 2010 General Plan, please visit www.marana.com/index.aspx?nid=927. If the 2010 General Plan is not ratified by voters, the 2007 update remains in place.

Trico has provided utility service in Marana since the 1950s and the current franchise agreement took effect in 1985. The agreement allows Trico to use streets and other rights of way in Marana in order to provide service.

Trico serves parts of Marana that are not covered by Tucson Electric Power. It is a cooperative nonprofit corporation owned by its customers, and its rates are set by the Arizona Corporation Commission, an Arizona governmental agency.

Polling places will be open election day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Building, the Sunflower Village Center and the Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Branch Library.

Please use the power of your vote to determine the futures of the General Plan and Trico franchise agreement.

For more information on the General Election, visit www.marana.com/index.aspx?NID=342.

Ed Honea is mayor of Marana.

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