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Annexation referendum petition goes to county recorder

A referendum petition filed Feb. 13 against Cottonwood's Dead Horse Ranch annexation made it over the first statutory hurdle Thursday in its race to go to city voters.

Cottonwood Citizens for Public Participation filed a referendum petition Feb. 13, regarding the annexation.

The petition – filed by Cottonwood Citizens for Public Participation – contained 144 signatures, according Cottonwood resident Curtis Lindner.

City Clerk Marianne Jiménez said Thursday, "I have completed my preliminary review and everything looks OK."

She had 15 days – according to state statute – from the filing date in which to check the petitions, she said earlier in the week.

Jiménez confirmed Thursday afternoon that the petitions have been forwarded to the county recorder's office, to verify sample signatures on the petitions.

"I have forwarded the required 5 percent of the total number of signatures up to the county recorder's – which is a whole whopping total of eight signatures," the city clerk said. "They have 10 days after they receive them to review them and get back to me."

Members of the citizens group have expressed concerns about possible heavy commercial development in the annexation area, along a portion of Arizona 89A toward Sedona.

However, city officials have said much of the annexation area already is public land, such as state trust, state park, and U.S. Forest Service lands.

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