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Keep Dewey-Humboldt Rural group submits petitions to place Monogram rezone on ballot

Dewey-Humboldt Town Clerk Debbie Gifford has received petitions from the political committee called Keep Dewey-Humboldt Rural that could place the Monogram commercial rezoning on a referendum ballot next March.

Gifford received 11 petitions with 118 as yet unverified signatures on Wednesday, one week before the Aug. 22 deadline. The town requires verification on 83 signatures.

"I have 15 working days to conduct my review and if enough qualify, then a random sample of signatures will be sent to Yavapai County for their verification," Gifford said.

Jack Hamilton, chairman of KDHR, said the extra signatures are nice to have.

"We took the easy ones, from friends and people we know. You don't need to get 200-300 signatures. We didn't do any canvassing, going door to door, or cold calls," Hamilton said.

He added that the KDHR group does not have a problem with having commercial property along Highway 169, but the group feels that 28 acres is too much.

Monogram Company, developers of the former Young's Farm, plans to build the Village Marketplace that may include a grocery store, retail businesses, 50 housing units above the stores, and open space for festivals.

Hamilton said the argument that shoppers will do their purchasing at the Village Marketplace and thus bring the town more tax revenue could change soon.

"We're trying to do away with the sale tax in Dewey-Humboldt, so that won't do us any good," he said, adding that most people go into Prescott Valley and Prescott to do their "big shopping" at WalMart and Costco anyway.

"Fifteen miles isn't that much," he said.

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