Graham Board hires law firm to defend against property tax challenges

Graham County Planning Director Steve McGaughey, left, addresses the Board of Supervisors during Tuesday's meeting. - Contributed Photo

Safford — It was a light day for the Graham County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, with the board approving the naming of three private easements as new roads.

“All three of these are . . . not a subdivision. They are splits out in the county that need road names in order to address the new applicants for building permits,” said Planning and Zoning Director Steve McGaughey.

Created was Drew Drive, north of Quail Trail; Payton’s Way, west of Pommel Street; and Thomas Place, north of Quail Trail.

The board also unanimously approved a consulting agreement with Juli Weatherhead for COVID-19 services, endorsed a temporary liquor license at the Graham County Fairgrounds for the annual Big Buck event Feb. 26, and appointed Darlene Alder to a two-year term on the Personnel Committee.

Finally, after an hour-long executive session, the board also unanimously agreed to hire the Mesa law firm Carden Livesay to defend the county in two challenges over property tax valuations, one from NatureSweet and the other from Mt. View Terrace Apartments.