Pima County Votes to Appeal World View Court Ruling

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to appeal a court ruling that its build/lease deal with high-altitude balloon company World View violated state law.

County officials called the lawsuit “job killing” and noted that the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute “ignored” similar economic development deals in Maricopa County.

A judge ruled last Thursday that Pima County violated state laws in not having its lease with the company appraised before signing an agreement to construct a facility. Judge Catherine Woods ruled in favor of a lawsuit by the right-wing Goldwater Institute to block the lease. The building was completed at the end of December.

The supervisors voted after conferring with lawyers in a closed-door session during a meeting Tuesday. During a public comment period, a parade of local business leaders encouraged the supervisors to pursue the appeal.

Against the appeal were Republicans Ally Miller, who also voted against approving the initial economic development deal last year, and Steve Christy, a newcomer to the Board who said he’d rather the county attempt to work out a deal with the plaintiffs before appealing.

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