Message #190:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Pima County Approves Historic Preservation Bond
Date: Wed, 21 May 1997 12:33:44 -0700

From: Linda Mayro

On May 20, Pima County voters passed the Open Space and Historic
Preservation Bond question by a greater than 2:1 margin, with 68% of
voters approving the measure.  This bond question appears to have passed
with the highest percentage of voter approval of any of the bond
questions on the ballot!

This the first time that voters in Pima County have been asked to
consider the importance of historic preservation projects in their
community.  It is clear from the voters' response that preservation of
archeological and historic properties as a means to retain and celebrate
our cultural heritage is a community priority that is supported by a
broad spectrum of the concerned public.  

Projects that have been approved for funding include National Register
properties that have been selected for their archaeological and
historical significance and for their potential to provide the broadest
public benefit.  These projects include properties already owned by Pima
County that are in need of rehabilitation to ensure that these sites are
preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations such as
Colossal Cave,
Agua Caliente Ranch, and Empirita Ranch.  Other projects will seek to
acquire significant public properties for public use such as the San
Agustin Mission - the "Birthplace of Tucson," Robles Ranch in Three
Points, and establishment of the Anza National Trail in Cooperation with
the National Park Service.  Archaeological properties that would be
acquired for protection and interpretation in public parks and open
space include Tumamoc Hill, the Valencia Site, Los Morteros, and the
Pantano townsite.

Many individuals and preservation organizations generously contributed
their time, energy, financial support, and enthusiasm to ensure that
this bond measure would be successful.  I think its passage sets an
important precedent for historic preservation efforts, not only for Pima
County but for Arizona and the Southwest as well.  Everyone's support
and efforts are sincerely appreciated.

Linda Mayro, Pima County Cultural Resources Manager