Bill Text: AZ HB2787 | 2022 | Fifty-fifth Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced


Bill Title: Maricopa county; division; new counties

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 9-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2022-02-21 - House minority caucus: Do pass [HB2787 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2022-HB2787-Introduced.html

 

 

 

REFERENCE TITLE: Maricopa county; division; new counties

 

 

 

 

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fifth Legislature

Second Regular Session

2022

 

 

 

HB 2787

 

Introduced by

Representatives Hoffman: Grantham, Kavanagh, Toma, Wilmeth, Senators Kerr, Livingston, Mesnard, Petersen

 

 

AN ACT

 

amending section 11-109, arizona revised statutes; amending title 11, chapter 1, article 1, arizona revised statutes, by adding sections 11-118, 11-119 and 11-120; relating to location of counties.

 

 

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

 


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1. Section 11-109, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE11-109. Maricopa county

Maricopa county, the county seat of which is Phoenix, is bounded as follows:

Commencing at a point where the meridian line one hundred thirteen degrees twenty minutes west longitude, as defined by the Atwood survey of 1918, intersects the second standard parallel south, being the northwest corner of Pima county; thence north on such survey line and along the east boundaries of Yuma and La Paz counties to the point where the meridian line one hundred thirteen degrees twenty minutes west longitude, as surveyed, intersects the thirty-fourth parallel north latitude, as defined by the Thompson survey of 1924; thence east on the thirty-fourth parallel north latitude, as defined, and along the southern boundary of Yavapai county to the point where the Hassayampa river intersects such parallel; thence southeast in a direct line following the Thompson survey of 1924 to a point in the Agua Fria river two miles southerly and below the mouth of Humbug creek; thence northerly up the Agua Fria river to a point two miles southerly and below the place where the residence of J. W. Swilling stood on January 31, 1877; thence easterly in a direct line following the Thompson survey of 1924 to the point where the thirty-fourth parallel north latitude, as defined by such survey, intersects the Verde river; thence east on such parallel to the point where the parallel as surveyed intersects the summit of the Mazatzal range of mountains; thence southerly along the summit of the Mazatzal range of mountains to the point where such range of mountains intersects the centerline of the Salt river; thence easterly up the Salt river to the mouth of Tonto creek; thence southerly in a direct line toward a mountain known as the "Water Shed," and along the western boundary of Gila county to the point where such line and boundary intersects the north line of township one north; thence west on the north line of township one north and along the northern boundary of Pinal county to the point where such line intersects the eastern line of range seven east; thence south on the eastern line of range seven east to the point where such line intersects the southern line of township two south; thence west on such line to the point where such line intersects the Gila river; thence northerly and westerly down the Gila river to the point where the river intersects the eastern line of range one east, being the northwest corner of Pinal county; thence south on such line to the point where such line intersects the second standard parallel south, being the southwest corner of Pinal county; thence west on such parallel to the point where it intersects the meridian line one hundred thirteen degrees twenty minutes west longitude, as defined by the Atwood survey of 1918, being the place of beginning. Beginning on the northwestern border of the City of Glendale at 75th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road, thence east along the boundary of the City of Glendale; thence south along the boundary of the City of Glendale to the point where intersects Thunderbird Road; thence east along Thunderbird Road to the point where intersects Cave Creek Road; thence east following along Cactus Road to the point where intersects Tatum Boulevard; thence south along Tatum Boulevard to the northwest boundary of the Town of Paradise Valley; thence south following the boundary of the City of Phoenix to the point where intersects the boundary of the City of Tempe on McDowell Road, thence south and thence east following the boundary of the City of Tempe continuing to the point where intersects the boundary of the City of Phoenix; thence south along the western border of Chandler; thence east along the southern border of Chandler; thence south to where it intersects the meridian line one hundred thirteen degrees twenty minutes west longitude; thence west along the northern boundary of Pinal county to the point where such line intersects the eastern line of range seven east; thence south on the eastern line of range seven east to the point where such line intersects the southern line of township two south; thence west on such line to the point where such line intersects the Gila river; thence northerly and westerly down the Gila river to the point where the river intersects the eastern line of range one east, being the northwest corner of Pinal county; thence south to the thirty-third parallel following a direct line along the southern boundary of the Gila River Indian Reservation; thence north along the eastern boundary of the City of Goodyear; thence north along the western boundary of the City of Avondale to where intersects the boundary of the City of Glendale; thence following the boundary of the City of Glendale to the northwestern boundary of the City of Glendale, which is the place of beginning. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2. Title 11, chapter 1, article 1, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding sections 11-118, 11-119 and 11-120 to read:

START_STATUTE11-118. Hohokam county

Hohokam county is bounded as follows:

South on the northwestern point where Gila County to the point where such line intersects the second standard parallel south, being the southwest corner of Pinal county; thence west on such parallel to the point where it intersects the meridian line one hundred thirteen degrees twenty minutes west longitude to the western border of Sun Lakes at Price Road; thence north along the western border of the City of Chandler; thence west along the southern border of the City of Chandler; thence north along the western border of the City of Chandler; thence east along the northern border of the City of Chandler; thence north along the border of the City of Mesa continuing to the northwestern point where Gila County intersects, which is the place of beginning. END_STATUTE

START_STATUTE11-119. Mogollon county

Mogollon county is bounded as follows:

From the Agua Fria river two miles southerly and below the mouth of Humbug creek; thence northerly up the Agua Fria river to a point two miles southerly and below the place where the residence of J. W. Swilling stood on January 31, 1877; thence easterly in a direct line following the Thompson survey of 1924 to the point where the thirty-fourth parallel north latitude, as defined by such survey, intersects the Verde river; thence east on such parallel to the point where the parallel as surveyed intersects the summit of the Mazatzal range of mountains; thence southerly along the summit of the Mazatzal range of mountains to the point where such range of mountains intersects the centerline of the Salt River; thence easterly up the Salt river to the mouth of Tonto creek; thence southerly in a direct line toward a mountain known as the "Water Shed," and along the western boundary of Gila county to the point where such line and boundary intersects the north line of township one north; thence west following the northern boundary of the City of Mesa to the southern border of the Salt River Pima—Maricopa Indian Reservation to the border of the City of Scottsdale to the southern border of the Town of Paradise Valley continuing northward to the northwestern boundary of the Town of Paradise Valley at Shea Boulevard and Tatum Boulevard; thence north following Tatum Boulevard to Cactus Road; thence west following Cactus Road to the point where intersects Cave Creek Road; thence west following Thunderbird Road to the point where intersects the boundary for City of Glendale; thence north following the eastern boundary of the City of Glendale; thence north following the western boundary of the City of Phoenix; thence west following the northern border of the City of Peoria to the point on the Agua Fria river, which is the place of beginning. END_STATUTE

START_STATUTE11-120. O'odham county

O'odham county is bounded as follows:

Commencing at a point where the meridian line one hundred thirteen degrees twenty minutes west longitude, as defined by the Atwood survey of 1918, intersects the second standard parallel south, being the northwest corner of Pima county; thence north on such survey line and along the east boundaries of Yuma and La Paz counties to the point where the meridian line one hundred thirteen degrees twenty minutes west longitude, as surveyed, intersects the thirty-fourth parallel north latitude, as defined by the Thompson survey of 1924; thence east on the thirty-fourth parallel north latitude, as defined, and along the southern boundary of Yavapai county to the point where the Hassayampa river intersects such parallel; thence southeast in a direct line following the Thompson survey of 1924 to the thirty-fourth parallel north latitude where intersects border of City of Peoria boundaries; thence east following the border of the City of Peoria and south following the boundary of the City of Peoria and west along Northern Avenue continuing along the southern boundary of the City of El Mirage, thence north along the boundary of the City of El Mirage to the southern boundary of the City of Surprise to the northwestern boundary of the City of Glendale thence south following the eastern boundary of the City of Goodyear to the thirty-third parallel north latitude in a direct line to the southern boundary of the Gila River Indian Reservation to where intersects border of Pinal County; thence south following the border of Pinal County to where intersects the border of Pima County; then west following the northern border of Pima County to the commencement point, which is the place of beginning. END_STATUTE

Sec. 3. Maricopa county division; procedures

A. Maricopa county shall continue full jurisdictional operation for Maricopa, Hohokam, Mogollon and O'odham counties until the election of the boards of supervisors in Hohokam, Maricopa, Mogollon and O'odham counties.

B. The boards of supervisors in Hohokam, Maricopa, Mogollon and O'odham counties shall be elected at a special election within one hundred twenty days after the effective date of this act.  The supervisors shall be elected to staggered, abbreviated terms to serve until the next presidential election.

C. Currently elected Maricopa county supervisors will continue in their elected capacity for the remainder of their term.  If a currently elected Maricopa county supervisor's supervisory district is located within Hohokam, Mogollon or O'odham counties, that supervisor will continue their currently elected term in the new county in which their supervisory district is located.

D. Control of existing special districts will be assumed by the county in which the special district is located.  If a special district is located within more than one county, the counties shall enter into an intergovernmental agreement regarding control of the special district within one year after the election of the county board of supervisors.

E. The elected boards of supervisors in Hohokam, Mogollon and O'odham counties will determine an application process for municipalities to apply to be the county seat.  The county seat shall be determined at a special election to take place not more than one hundred twenty days from the election of the boards of supervisors in Hohokam, Mogollon and O'odham counties.

F. Hohokam, Maricopa, Mogollon and O'odham counties may enter into a ten-year shared use agreement for the use of existing shared capital assets. The counties shall divide furniture, fixtures and equipment on a pro-rata basis based on the furniture, fixtures and equipment located in each county.

Sec. 4. Conforming legislation

The legislative council staff shall prepare proposed legislation conforming the Arizona Revised Statutes to the provisions of this act for consideration in the fifth-sixth legislature, first regular session.

Sec. 5. Effective date

This act is effective from and after December 31, 2022.

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