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Dewey-Humboldt residents to vote on referendum, recalls by mail ballot

The referendum and recall special election next March will be a vote-by-mail ballot in Dewey-Humboldt.

The D-H town council approved the Town Clerk's Call of Special Election set for March 11, 2008, at Tuesday's meeting. Voters will decide on two referendums dealing with the commercial rezoning ordinance on a section of Monogram Company's property at the intersection of Highways 69 and 169, and an ordinance reducing the Transaction Privilege Tax from 2 percent to 1 percent.

For $50, anyone can submit arguments for or against the referendums. Arguments are limited to 300 words or less, and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Dec. 14. Writers do not have to be Dewey-Humboldt residents or registered voters, said Town Clerk Debbie Gifford.

Voters will also decide the possible recall of two council members, Nancy Wright and Len Marinaccio. Residents wishing to run for possible seats on the council may file petitions beginning Dec.12. The deadline for filing petitions and paperwork is 5 p.m. on Jan. 11.

In other business, the council authorized payment of $6,000 to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns to recruit a new town manager to fill Swenson's position when his contract expires in January.

It also approved the lease agreement for the Sheriff's Sub-station in the amount of $9,216 per year, plus 2 percent tax, and for the town offices at $39,000 per year, plus 2 percent tax. The town is adding Suites 14 and 15 at the eastern end of the Humboldt Station building for an additional 720 sq. ft. of office space.

In addition, the town will pay a one-time improvement fee of $4,000 for installation of gravel between Suites 9 and 10, a portico over the entryway to Suites 13 and 14, and repair work on the boardwalk.

As a participating partner in the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition, the council approved $6,000 to Burgess and Niple, Inc. to help pay for program management and project development. It also appointed the town manager to represent the town on the Coalition's Technical Advisory Committee.

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