WASHINGTON — The mayor of Tucson has urged the Treasury Department to revise its criteria for determining what areas can use recovery zone bond financing, complaining that the current allocation method overlooks his city even though it has one of the highest unemployment rates in Arizona.

Mayor Robert Walkup told the Treasury in a letter dated Feb. 24 that new criteria should include unemployment rates, poverty rates and median incomes, which would "take into account the breadth of the impact of the economic downturn."

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