Letters to editor logo 1-18-21

Editor:

Several months ago, we learned about the possibility of the Social Security Administration closing the Apache Junction branch office located at 235 W. Superstition Blvd. District 4 U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, D.D.S., the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and the Apache Junction City Council quickly responded with letters and proclamations calling for reconsideration to help protect this vital resource here in our community.

The Social Security Administration indicated it would close the Apache Junction office and move it to Gilbert, 20 miles away! The next closest office would be in downtown Mesa, 21 miles away. But that means the two offices would only be six miles apart and far from the growing East Valley citizens that need its services. With little to no access to public transportation from our area, this is simply unacceptable.

Congressman Gosar's office has launched an online petition at – https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-social-security-administration-in-apache

It appears such a move defies logic or at least recognition of the service area as some statistics show.

Demographics:

  • 8.4% of residents in the Gilbert area are 62 or older compared to 32.9% in the Apache Junction area
  • 57.7% of Gilbert residents have an annual income of under $80,000 compared to nearly 90% of Apache Junction residents
  • Gilbert’s veteran population is roughly 1.7% while Apache Junction is about 2.8% with one zip code being nearly 4%

Consideration of the closure is unacceptable and we need your help to voice your opinion. Please sign a paper petition that we will be circulating in the community or the online petition and help keep the Apache Junction Social Security office open for our constituents.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. You can reach me at Bbiggs@apachejunctionaz.gov or 480-594-2987. Let's show Washington, D.C. what Apache Junction is like when we rally!

Braden Biggs

Council Member

City of Apache Junction

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