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Sanders announces Rural/Metro refund deal

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Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010 6:38 pm | Updated: 3:53 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Mayor Art Sanders highlighted a refund agreement with Rural/Metro and Queen Creek's economic development and transportation projects in his final state of the town address Wednesday night.

Sanders, who isn't seeking re-election this year, opened his fourth address by thanking his fellow council members and the town's staff.

Queen Creek Mayor Art Sanders

"We have overcome many challenges and have faced critical community issues," Sanders said. "As mayor, if I have been successful, it is because of the support of the great council you see next to me."

Sanders spoke of several town accomplishments from the past year, with one of the most intriguing coming near the end of the talk: a refund agreement with Rural/Metro.

Rural/Metro contracted with residents for fire service for several years before Queen Creek instituted its own fire department in 2008. Several residents had time left on their contracts when the town took on the fire service, but many didn't receive refunds at the time.

However, Sanders announced Wednesday night an agreement had been made.

"We will be providing more details and information shortly about this matter, but I know many of our residents have been waiting a long time for resolution," he said.

A Rural/Metro spokeswoman confirmed discussions had been taking place with the town but didn't immediately have details Thursday about an agreement being reached.

Sanders also talked about cost savings and economic development measures in his address, including winning about $1.8 million worth of grants for roadwork and fire department equipment. Additionally, the town signed an agreement with Rio Salado College to bring a "communiversity" to the town, which officials hail as an economic development win.

One other highlight came nearly a year ago with the opening of the long-awaited Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre. The park, which features several arenas and barns, had been discussed and planned for 20 years.

Looking ahead, Sanders highlighted additional economic development goals, including bringing health facilities to Queen Creek and supporting development related to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.  

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