Maricopa City Manager Rick Horst addressed the July meeting of the Maricopa Republican Club, speaking on future developments coming to the city. Normally the club’s meetings are partisan, but this meeting was apolitical, with the city manager answering questions about upcoming events and developments in Maricopa.

For the fifth consecutive year, the city’s property tax rate remains unchanged. During 2018, 19% of all single-family homes built in the Phoenix metro area were constructed in our city. Once the 2020 census is completed, Maricopa’s population will officially surpass the magic 50,000 number, allowing the city to have access to additional federal funds. Horst announced that the average family income in Maricopa is $80,000, which is attractive to commercial developers.

He reported on upcoming additions to the city. A new shopping center near the Dutch Brothers coffee shop will start construction in January, though the stores in the center are still a secret. Attendees tried to get Rick to reveal this information with no success.

Participants asked about a medical facility and were told that with only 14% of Maricopa’s population being seniors, that proportion would have to grow to attract a medical facility. The city manager’s office is conducting talks with both Dignity and Banner about enhancing the medical presence here.

ADOT has given permission to the city to place a “Welcome to Maricopa” sign as you enter the city from State Route 347. There are plans to upgrade the Heritage District and create a “street café” environment there. Construction of the new library will begin in January and will take nine months. The old library building will be used for a senior center and a veteran’s center.

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