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Quick Fact Sheet

  • A citizen led committee called “Citizens for Vail” has formed to advocate for Vail's incorporation.
  • The issue is targeted to be on the ballot for a November 2013 election.
  • Ten percent of registered, verified voters living within the proposed boundary must sign a petition to get Pima County to hold an election (by mail) for this issue. In order for an incorporation to be successful, it must pass by a majority of the registered voters living within the proposed boundary.
  • If incorporation passes, the new Town of Vail would be billed for the cost (approx. $44,000). If the election fails, the cost of the election will be picked up by the county.
  • The new Town of Vail would likely contract out police and road maintenance services, but at a level designated by the Town Council based on local priorities.
  • Existing services such as fire protection, schools, water, sewer, and trash collection would remain unchanged under Vail incorporation.
  • Areas like Corona de Tucson currently served by their own fire district would not be impacted.
  • The boundary map may change, but will need to be locked in before starting the petition process. Citizens will be advised of changes, if any to the boundaries.
  • Zoning for existing land owners would be grandfathered and not affected by any changes after incorporation.
  • A town council would be the proposed form of government. It would include a part time City Manger, Mayor, and other administrative posts.
  • No change in current property taxes would be affected.
  • A sales tax would be considered, but could only be enacted by a vote of a Town Council.
  • Sources of revenue for the new town of Vail would primarily include State revenue sharing, and the town council would consider implementing development impact fees and a possible sales tax. Currently the Vail area directly receives 0% of the $1.4B in Arizona revenue sharing to improve roads and other services because it only goes to incorporated cities, towns, and counties. (Vail only indirectly benefits from Pima County’s share of State revenue sharing).
  • Public roads within the city boundaries would be maintained by the new town of Vail