Tusayan Referendum election on hold

Appeal of preliminary injunction likely

TUSAYAN, Ariz. - A May referendum election regarding potential development in Tusayan proposed by the Stilo Group has hit a roadblock after a Coconino County Superior Court Judge ruled the committee who gathered signatures for five petitions did not clearly state their stance toward the project.

Judge Joseph Lodge sided with Stilo's attorney, granting Stilo's request for a preliminary injunction.

Enough signatures were submitted to require earlier project approvals by the Tusayan Town Council to go before Tusayan's voters.

Stilo's attorneys said the claims and the complaint filed on behalf of the developer focused on five political committees under the same name, "Citizens for Sustainable Growth" who circulated the referendum petition, asserting they are "legally insufficient."

Lodge agreed with Stilo attorney Keith Beauchamp that the committee that gathered signatures on five petitions did not correctly state its position on the development and granted the group's request for a preliminary injunction.

Ballots have yet to be printed and an attorney representing Citizens for Sustainable Growth has vowed to appeal the decision.

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