Supervisors express support for local Amtrak service

August 8, 2018

KINGMAN – Mohave County supervisors voted on Monday to join Needles and the Tri-State Council in supporting the continuation of Amtrak passenger rail service to and from Needles with other rural communities.

A recent federal budget proposal sought to eliminate Amtrak passenger rail service.

District 4 Sup. Jean Bishop said more than 9,000 passengers in Laughlin, Kingman, Mohave County and the Fort Mojave reservation use Amtrak rail service each year and the loss of the rail service would be devastating to the county.

Millions of Americans living in 220 towns across the country would lose access to passenger rail service.

In other action, the board approved the 2019 legislature proposals for the Oct. 3-5 County Supervisors Association summit in Yuma. Legislature proposals include designating any state highway as express-arterial. Another proposal is enacting a distracted driving law in school or work zones.

Still another legislature proposal is allocating funding to counties for attorney expenses in juvenile dependency cases. Mohave County’s expenses to represent clients in juvenile dependency cases is about $1.5 million each year.

The supervisors approved joining Kane County, Utah, in a lawsuit for underpayment of federal Payment In Lieu of Taxes for the fiscal years covering 2015-17. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, PILT revenue to Mohave County is expected to be more than $3.74 million. Six other Arizona counties have said they will join the lawsuit.

The board approved changes to the Arizona Revised Statutes dealing with disposing of human bodies by burial or cremation and sending the changes to the County Supervisors Association for the 2019 legislature. Mohave County paid $33,613 and recouped $9,431 in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

District 1 Sup. Gary Watson said it was disgusting that some family members fail to pay for the burial of their loved ones, leaving county taxpayers to pick up the tab.

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