- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Pima County plans to buy a scenic 286-acre parcel of land in the Painted Hills area.

The county reportedly plans to buy the property from the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System for $7.5 million, including a $3 million down payment with money from a 2004 open-space bond program.

County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says the most recent appraisal of the land set its value at $8 million to $12 million.

If the deal is finalized and approved by the Board of Supervisors, Pima County would move closer to preserving Painted Hills and connecting the area with Tucson Mountain Park to its west.

County officials are hoping to pay the balance of the cost with money allocated for open space from a possible November 2015 bond election.

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