Sunday, September 2, 2007

Stumblewatch ’07: Show Us the Money Edition

Posted By on Sun, Sep 2, 2007 at 2:46 PM

Just how boring is the upcoming city election? Candidates and committees turned in their latest campaign-finance reports (covering fundraising through Aug. 22) back on Thursday with nary a ripple in the media or the blogosphere.

Once again, it appears that John Kromko is a tiny David battling the mighty Growth Lobby machine. Kromko has gathered about $600 for his Tucson Water Users' Bill of Rights, which would repeal the city's garbage fee, ban the delivery of treated effluent to households and prohibit Tucson Water from hooking up new users without voters approval in about a decade. Kromko reports raising about $9,000 and, during a feisty session on Arizona Illustrated, said he had about $600 in the bank for the campaign.

The opposition, No on 200, has raised about $85,000, with big chunks coming from the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association ($30K), the Tucson Association of Realtors ($45K) and Metro Pima Alliance ($10K).

Word on the street is that a recent poll from the opposition shows support for the initiative is somewhere around 65 percent. From what we hear, the most popular element is the idea of blocking new water hookups once Tucson Water is delivering 140,000 acre-feet of water annually, which roughly corresponds with the city’s CAP allotment.

While we’re not privy to exact figures, we hear voters who were polled were less concerned about the proposal to ban toilet-to-tap, while support for dumping the trash fee came in a distant third.

That tells us that people are really sick of growth.

The big question: Can opponents of the initiative knock down the support before November? Answer: Probably, since they'll poke a bazillion holes in Kromko's measure, and he'll have no money to counter it.

No big surprises in the council races. Ward 1 Democrats Regina Romero and Rodney Glassman have raised more than $40K each, while their respective opponents in the Sept. 11 primary, Ken Green and Robert Reus, pretty much have chicken scratch.

Details in next week’s Skinny.

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