Glendale voters will have a say on the city's sales-tax hike.
The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday decided not to review a recent state appeals court ruling that placed the initiative back on the November ballot.
City elections officials initially rejected the initiative, but an appeals court sided with initiative supporters.
If voters approve the initiative, some city leaders say it could devastate the budget-strapped city.
In June, the Glendale City Council had approved the increase to add about $20 million to city coffers and avoid severe cuts. The increase, which took effect Aug. 1, would help the city cover an arena management payment to the Phoenix Coyotes' likely buyer.
The initiative puts the issue before voters, who must decide whether they are willing to pay a 2.9 city percent sales tax on most city purchases. Before the city council approved the increase, that city sales tax rate was 2.2 percent.
With Maricopa County and state sales taxes included, shoppers in Glendale already pay a total of 10.2 percent on purchases. That's among the highest sales tax rates in the Valley.
The city had rejected the petitions submitted by the anti-sales-tax group called Save Glendale Now, saying the measure was misleading because an initiative could not reverse the council's vote to increase the tax.
Save Glendale Now sued in hopes of getting the measure back on the ballot. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Glendale, but a three-judge appellate panel said that the issue should appear on the November ballot.
The state supreme court decided Wednesday that it would not review the latter ruling, which means the appeals court ruling stands.
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An appeals court in Arizona ruled yesterday that the sales tax initiative will in fact be voted upon by tax payers. And there is a strong sense that it will be voted down.
Therefore without this tax increase, the city of Glendale will not be able to afford to pay Jamison his 20 year $300 million lease agreement, and the deal could very well fall apart.
So for everyone saying, damn we missed out on Doan. Hold your horses. This thing is far from being over.