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What's Next for San Tan Valley?

What's Next for San Tan Valley?

After the bill was signed, many San Tan Valley residents have wondered what's next, with many asking why the vote hadn't already taken place.  "So many of us are excited and ready to take the next steps", said San Tan Valley resident Candice Steelman, "but we have to wait until the bill becomes law and that won't be until mid-August".  

With the signing of the bill in February, many residents had assumed that the vote would take place during the November election this year.  In order to make it on the November 2017 ballot however all documents would have had to be submitted by July 2017, before the bill became law.  This would have required San Tan Valley residents to get permission from all neighboring municipalities, something they have not been able to get for more than twelve years.

SIX MILE RULE

Originally any community who wished to vote on whether or not they wanted to become a city, would need to get permission from any neighboring municipality within six miles of their future boundaries. In 2011, the legislation was changed allowing any community with more than 15,000 residents to move forward, no longer requiring an approval from neighboring municipalities, unless that community was located in Pinal County. San Tan Valley resident Tisha Castillo, started working to change the legislation in 2013 and spent every day at the Capitol, during the legislative session, fighting to get the legislation changed. With the signing of HB2088 this year, Arizona State Law will soon state that any community with more than 15,000 residents, in any county, no longer needs approval from smaller municipalities within six miles of their future boundaries, thereby removing veto power from smaller neighboring communities.

While the bill was signed February 21, 2017, it has still to become law. All bills without an emergency clause, go into effect 90 days after the legislative session ends, meaning HB2088 won't become law until August 9, 2017.

While many agree that HB2088 being signed is a huge step towards San Tan Valley residents being able to determine their own future, there is still quite a bit of work to do. The community will still have to see if there is enough support to get the initiative on a ballot for a vote, which according to Castillo, most likely won't happen until the November 2018 election, at the earliest. "The bill becoming law, simply prevents other communities from vetoing our chance to put the initiative on the ballot," said Castillo. "We still have to collect thousands of signatures in order to qualify for the ballot and that process can't begin more than 12 months before the selected election date."

Any residents who would like to become part of the committee to help get the initiative on the ballot are asked to sign up here. A Facebook page is also available here. The community is encouraged to message the page with any questions or comments.

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