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Glendale sales tax hike ruling could come Friday
The Arizona Court of Appeals heard arguments Thursday over whether an initiative that aims to reverse a sales tax increase by the City of
In June, the Glendale City Council approved a 0.7 percent sales tax increase. The money will help
The group Save Glendale Now collected enough signatures for a ballot initiative. But it was rejected by the city clerk, citing election law violations … among them, that the initiative aims to reverse the council’s decision – a matter for referenda, not initiatives.
A county judge upheld that decision. Thursday, attorneys argued before the state Court of Appeals. Glendale City Attorney Craig Tindall said the language used by Save Glendale Now is misleading.
“The intent of the language in there is to suggest that if this measure is enacted that it would reverse – their word – what our current tax rate is, and it does not do that,” Tindall said.
The two sides also argued over several other issues, including whether
“That’s one that’s a big concern," said Steve Tully, who represents Save Glendale Now. "Obviously we just want to win, and what the grounds are we’re not overly concerned with.”
The head of the three-judge panel said this is an important issue, and that they plan to rule by Friday.
Updated 8/24/2012 at 12:07 p.m.