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Judge overturns decision to keep AZ tax proposal off ballot

 A judge has overturned a state official’s decision to keep a proposed sales tax increase off Arizona’s November ballot because of a paperwork error.

If Judge Robert Oberbillig’s ruling stands, the ruling means the proposed penny-on-the-dollar increase goes on the ballot if petition checks confirm that supporters submitted enough voter signatures.

Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake says a decision will be made by Friday whether to appeal to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Secretary of State Ken Bennett had said the initiative petitions were invalid because a paper copy of the initiative submitted to his office omitted two paragraphs. They specified how some of the revenue would be spent.

Oberbillig said what was important was that all the copies with petitions for voters to sign had the correct text.


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