Tuesday, September 3, 2013

City Pension Initiative Headed For November Ballot

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM

The court battle over the proposed initiative to scrap the city’s pension system is over. Pima County Superior Court Judge James Marner issued a ruling today putting Prop 201 on the ballot, so voters will get to decide the issue in November.

The city’s unions had tried to strike enough signatures from the petitions to knock the Sustainable Retirement Benefits initiative off the ballot, but didn’t quite manage to get enough of them disqualified. After all was said and done, backers of the proposal had 13,777 valid signatures, which exceeded the required 12,730, according to Marner's ruling.

Meanwhile, the latest campaign-finance report from the Yes on 201 Committee shows that it’s not exactly a local effort. All but $1,900 of the $159,925 received by the committee has come from either the Liberty Initiative Fund or the National Taxpayers Union, two Virginia-based groups. (More on the Liberty Initiative Fund here.)

City officials have warned that passing the initiative would create big fiscal problems for the city.

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