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Car camp referendum will likely advance to ballot

Committee organizer Bill Noonan confirmed after the print deadline that the committee had secured a total of 1,053 signatures on the referendum petition.

The city clerk’s office will now have 20 business days to verify the signatures, after which they will be sent to Yavapai and Coconino counties for verification. The counties will then have 15 business days to determine whether any of the signatures should be disqualified on the basis of non-residency or other criteria.

The Arizona Secretary of State’s office did not respond to a request to confirm that the ordinance will be suspended from taking effect by the successful filing of a referendum petition, instead deflecting the question to the city clerk’s office.

The Arizona Department of Housing did not respond prior to the print deadline to a request to confirm whether the city will lose the state grant funds awarded to pay for the homeless camp if the city is unable to start work on the project, due to the referendum, by July 1.

“We are very confident that after the city and county finish their verification process, we will have more than enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot,” Noonan said. “We are grateful to the amazing and passionate residents of Sedona who are united on this issue and signed our referendum petition. It is a remarkable achievement considering this has been a grassroots effort accomplished in just three weeks.”

Source: Red Rock News

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