She protected the city's bond rating and brought Tucson through the recession.
City's pensions woes grow larger.
Recent court ruling overturned a 2011 state law intended to keep costs down.
Councilman seeks to rein in how city issues non-voter approved debt.
City finance officials worry about delays in deposits under the state's new sales-tax collecting system.
Tucson officials can relax a bit now that Fitch rating agency didn’t drop the city’s bond rating this year.
The Tucson City Council spared bus routes from any changes, for now, in the $1.264 billion budget that was tentatively approved Tuesday.
Bus riders can rest easy now — city officials have scrapped the idea of raising fares this year.
The city could borrow $45 million next year to cover streetcar costs, adjust this year’s debt payment and refinance older debt to save on interest rates.
Tucson spent nearly $5 million buying back unused sick days from police officers and firefighters the past two years — and shelled out another $2 million in what the city attorney now says were illegal pension contributions for those unworked days.
More than 1,000 Tucson businesses could still be paying an expired tax on their buildings, not realizing the levy was abolished last year.
After hearing Tuesday about proposed city job cuts and other budget reductions, Tucson City Council members were mostly concerned some of the changes could diminish police, fire and park services.
City Manager Richard Miranda has proposed eliminating 92 positions and trimming $25 million from the budget as a starting point to rein in Tucson’s finances.
When most workers retire before they are Medicare-eligible at 65, they have to bear the costs of health insurance on their own.
A recent Arizona Supreme Court decision overturning a 2011 law designed to keep pension costs down could cost Tucson millions of dollars.
Even if the city eliminates every one of its “nonmandated” programs next year, it will still come up $8 million short of balancing its budget.
A tax on Tucson Water that was supposed to expire almost three years ago is still being charged by the city.
Tucson has plenty of financial troubles looming in the near future.
The city appointed a new finance director earlier this week.
For weeks the Tucson City Council has squabbled over the budget.