Will Vail be Arizona's newest town? - Tucson News Now

Will Vail be Arizona's newest town?

There have been rumors that Vail, a small rail stop on Tucson's southeast boundary, may become a town.

If it can garner half the vote in an election which supporters hope to hold in August, the 12,500 residents would become an incorporated town much like Sahuarita or Marana.

News 13 was told there hasn't been an incorporated town in Arizona since 2000. The last one in the Tucson area was Sahuarita in 1994.

It's not an easy process. Casas Adobes, Tortolita and Green Valley have all lost incorporation battles.

And because of state law, Tucson will have a say as to whether the town can incorporate.

Tucson will discuss whether to allow the move in its weekly study session this week.

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild talked about Vail specifically in his first state of the city address a year ago.

The Tucson area has been penalized by state tax law for decades. State shared revenues are distributed among incorporated areas.

Nearly half the Tucson valley is unincorporated.

Adding Vail to the mix would add state shared revenues to this part of the state.

It's estimated to be worth $3.2 million.

Still, the town would have to contract out for police and fire.

But the money could be used for transportation, library and other historical preservation.

The supporters will get the ball rolling by submitting their petitions for signatures.

In its first pass, the county pointed out an error in the petitions but that has since been corrected. 

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