By AARON RICCA/The Bee
KINGMAN – Opponents of the Transaction Privilege Tax approved by Kingman City Council in August 2017 are making their first move to turn the issue over to voters.
According to City of Kingman Deputy City Clerk Annie Meredith, the Kingman Citizens for Responsible Taxation filed Ballot Initiative 17-001 (The Responsible Sales and Use Tax Act) petition paperwork Thursday. Preliminary numbers show 296 petition sheets with 3,692 signatures. At least 2,498 signatures were required to start the ballot initiative process.
“The clerk’s office has begun the initial review process and receipt of the petitions does not constitute an acknowledgement or determination by the city clerk that any of the signature sheets comply with the requirements of law,” Meredith said via email. “Or that a certain number of signatures are valid, in respect to determining whether there are sufficient signatures to request that the initiative measure shall be placed on a ballot.”
A decision as to the sufficiency of the petitions and signatures can only be made after the city clerk and the Mohave County Recorder’s Office recorder have performed their duties, as respect to initiative petitions. The City of Kingman initial review process will be completed within 20 business days. The Mohave County Recorder’s Office will also validate signatures.
The TPT one percent increase from 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent was originally approved at an Aug. 15 Council meeting and went into effect in January. Foes of the TPT want to lower the sales and use tax by one percent, require future increases to be approved by voters and that City Council send any requests for increases to the ballot box. Proponents of the TPT increase have pointed toward recent road improvements as a reason to keep the tax in place.
For more details on Ballot Initiative 17-001, visit http://www.cityofkingman.gov/Government/ElectionInformation.aspx