County asked to support local Amtrak service

August 7, 2018

KINGMAN – Mohave County supervisors today will discuss maintaining Amtrak passenger service to and from Needles and Kingman.

The supervisors will discuss joining Needles and the Tri-State Council in supporting the continuation of train service between the Tri-state and other rural communities.

A recent federal budget proposal calls for the elimination of Amtrak passenger rail service. The transportation infrastructure is crumbling and the lack of investment in the nation’s infrastructure has continued for decades.

Millions of Americans living in 220 towns would lose access to passenger rail service. About 9,176 passengers in Laughlin, Mohave County and the Fort Mojave reservation use Amtrak rail service each year, according to information from Mohave County.

In other action, the board will discuss approval of 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 looks at enacting distracted driving laws in school or work zones.

The last 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 are about $1.5 million each year.

The supervisors also will discuss joining Kane County, Utah, in a lawsuit concerning the 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.

The board will discuss 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.

The supervisors will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the county administration building, 700 W. Beale St. in Kingman.

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