By AARON RICCA/The Bee
KINGMAN – It looks like the Transaction Privilege Tax will stay in place for now.
In statement from City of Kingman Clerk Sydney Muhle, The Responsible Sales and Use Tax Act, the measure to repeal the TPT, fell short of the required signatures to make the November mid-term ballot.
In a statement to Cody Swanty, member of the Kingman Citizens for Responsible Taxation, a review by the Mohave County Recorder’s Office found that 268 names on 23 signature sheets had to be removed. 443 signatures were found to be ineligible.
Roughly 17.4 percent of a random sample of the signatures showed that 26 signatures were ineligible. When applied to the total number of signatures, 2,460 were valid, 38 names short of the required 2,498 to get on the ballot.
A repeal of the TPT depends on this year’s mayoral and city council elections. Vice Mayor Jen Miles, Councilmen Travis Lingenfelter, Stuart Yocum, and write-in candidate Scott Holtry have been all highly vocal of their support of the TPT, both on social media and at the July 26 forum at the Kingman Airport. Write-in candidate Deana Nelson is against the TPT.
The city clerk’s statement informs electors they have until Aug 12 to file a motion with the Mohave County Superior Court if they wish to challenge the signatures certified by the county recorder’s office.