TUCSON - Before any taxpayer money is spent on developing a theme park in Eloy, critics want the state to consider one thing — that Eloy is too hot to handle in the summer.
State lawmakers have been asked to consider creating a tax district to pave the way for a large-scale theme park halfway between Tucson and Phoenix.
Called Decades, the theme park is based around a rock ‘n’ roll concept.
Advocates of the park say Phoenix is the largest metropolitan area in the country without such a facility, making the market ripe.
Already the Eloy City Council has signed off, asking legislators and the governor to do everything in their power to make the theme park happen.
At the Capitol, some lawmakers are undecided and some are skeptical not only about whether the park will survive in the summer months, but what kind of impact it will have on highways, water and growth.
Developers say they’ve looked into the heat situation in Eloy and point to the area’s “heat index,” a combination of temperature and humidity.
Once you marry those factors, backers say July in Eloy feels about the same as Orlando, Fla., the capital of theme parks.
The developers say they need the state to create a special tax district that would levy a sales tax of up to 9 percent on all activity within the boundaries.
In turn, the money would be used to repay low-interest government bonds to pay back investors who front the money for the park.