Voters in Vail are officially going to the polls Nov. 5 to decide whether to finally become a town.
Roughly 40 volunteers supporting incorporation collected 1,027 signatures - over 300 more than necessary to trigger a special election this fall - and submitted them to the Pima County Recorder's Office.
On Monday night, Pima County election officials verified they had enough eligible signatures to qualify.
So now it's up to the 7,100 residents in the proposed incorporation area to decide whether Vail will become a town. Backers need a simple majority of voters to transform uncorporated Vail into an officially recognized place.
George Mower, the chairman of the Citizens for Vail Committee, said he has a good reason to be optimistic.
He said volunteers who spent months outside the town's Walgreens store gathering signatures encountered a large number of supporters.
"We had a good response rate," he said. "About 60 percent said 'yes.' "
The town, he argues, is "leaving money on the table" by not choosing to incorporate, arguing the town would be eligible for state shared revenues that could be used to fix streets and hire a police force.
Currently, Pima County sheriff's deputies patrol the town.
The cost to hold the special election in November, county officials said, will be close to $30,000.
The proposed size of the town is much smaller than the Vail School District, which covers an area with an estimated 30,000 residents.
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