Gilbert Town Council approves capital improvement plan

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Gilbert Town Council approved the Gilbert Capital Improvement Plan for 2022-31. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Town Council approved the Gilbert Capital Improvement Plan for 2022-31. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert Town Council approved the capital improvement plan, or CIP, for 2022-31 at council’s June 1 meeting.

The plan prioritizes and estimates the costs of the infrastructure needs for Gilbert and identifies funding sources to meet those needs.


The total CIP includes $425 million in projects, which represent $286 million in carry-forward funding—projects started in a prior fiscal year that are still in progress—and $139 million in new funding, according to town documents.

The plan passed on a 5-2 vote with Council Members Aimee Yentes and Laurin Hendrix voting in dissent.

In other items:

  • Council approved appropriations of $310,000 in general funds, $110,000 in Neighbor-to-Neighbor/Share My Stamp funds and $10,000 in town store funds to nonprofit agencies for human services contracts. The latter two appropriations passed unanimously while the appropriation of general funds passed 6-1 with Yentes dissenting. Yentes also voted against a contract worth $123,000 to AZCEND for the nonprofit to run the town’s Community Action Program.

  • Council unanimously approved the town’s long-used official seal. Staff had researched the seal and could not find evidence it had ever been formally adopted.

  • Council approved changes to its responsible financial management policies, including formally adopting zero-based budgeting exercise that it has used for several years as policy and increasing the minimum fund balance for the town’s self-insured medical fund because of the fund’s volatility in expenses.

  • The public comment period included a number of residents asking the town to reject a proposal for a San Tan Adventure Park at Crossroads District Park. The planning commission approved the park’s plan, but an appeal comes before council June 15. Residents cited concerns on noise, traffic, parking, home values and impact on two nearby neighborhoods.

By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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