Prop. 106, not 105, deserves 'yes' vote
Voters who make it to the polls Nov. 7 - and we hope a record number of them do - will find two measures on the ballot affecting state trust lands.
Proposition 105 made it to the ballot by legislative referral, and Proposition 106 made it through the initiative process with supporters collecting more than 300,000 signatures.
Proposition 105 deserves a "no" vote, and Proposition 106 deserves a "yes."
Proposition 106 is the more comprehensive, forward-looking of the two.
It would amend the Arizona constitution to:
Create a seven-member board of trustees appointed by the governor and subject to State Senate confirmation to plan for and dispose of state trust lands.
Create a conservation reserve of about 694,000 acres that no longer would be available for sale but the state would be able to lease it to produce revenue. Local tracts in that acreage include "P" Mountain and Glassford Hill.
Let the trustees adopt a method to determine the "highest and best bid" for state lands that does not require the greatest return to the state trust.
Require planning for trust lands take place in conjunction with general and comprehensive plans of cities, towns and counties adjacent to them.
Proposition 106 offers a long-term approach to the administration of state trust lands and overall better land use planning.
The best course is a "yes" vote on Proposition 106 and a "no" vote on Proposition 105.