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KINGMAN - Legally mandated reviews of petitions and signatures seeking a special election to overturn a sales tax increase approved by the Kingman City council a year ago have prompted a determination that the initiative effort has failed.

City Clerk Sydney Muhle disclosed the finding Tuesday in a letter to Cody Swanty, Chairman of the Kingman Citizens for Responsible Taxation Committee.

Muhle said that the initial city review disqualified 712 signatures and that 520 more signatures were invalidated during a secondary review conducted by the Mohave County Recorder’s office. Muhle said the combined review determined that 2,460 signatures submitted were validated.

“The minimum number of signatures required for your initiative to appear on the ballot is 2,498,” Muhle’s letter to Swanty stated. “As a result, your initiative has failed to qualify for the general election ballot.”

Muhle said Swanty and supporters have five calendar days to file a lawsuit challenging the initiative disqualification.

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