Organizers of the current effort to recall two Oro Valley council members feel confident they can collect the necessary signatures by the appointed deadline.
However, even if they do, the soonest the recall would appear on a ballot is the March 13 Primary election.
“It’s very steady,” said Conny Culver, chairman of OroValleyRecall.com in regard to the signature collecting process. “We won’t have any problem collecting them by the (Sept. 22) deadline.”
The group filed its necessary paperwork on May 25 to begin gathering signatures on a petition to recall Oro Valley Vice Mayor Mary Snider and Councilman Joe Hornat. Group members have 120 days from the filing date to gather 2,615 signatures for each council member facing a recall. Their reasons for the recall include the council’s “negligent management of the town’s budget,” said Culver, adding that the group is hearing from residents who are unhappy with the manner in which the council is handling the possible replacement of its Coyote Run transit system with a program managed by the Regional Transportation Authority.
The Oro Valley Town Council has taken responsibility for the mistakes it made regarding Coyote Run. To move forward, it appointed council members Steve Solomon and Lou Waters to a newly-created sub-committee to research the town’s transit system dilemma.
Solomon noted the council will hold public meetings when it can discuss in detail the concepts that are being considered.
If the signatures are collected and verified by their specified deadlines, the earliest the recall could appear on a ballot is for the March 13 Primary election, said Oro Valley Town Clerk Julie Bower.
If the recall forced a separate election, the cost could reach $70,000, said Bower. She based the cost on the town’s 2010 Primary election, during which it paid the Pima County Recorder’s Office $59,770.50 for mailing early ballots, replacement ballots, voter maintenance fees and signature verification. In addition, the town paid the Pima County Elections department $15,231.29 for staff expenses, ballot card printing, advertising and computer time.
However, if it is placed on an existing ballot, there are no extra charges from the Pima County Recorder’s Office, said Chief Deputy Recorder/Registrar of Voters Chris Roads.
The added production cost from the Recorder’s Office would be “very minor,” said Pima County Elections Director Brad Nelson.
If a recall election is required in conjunction with a primary election, it could add up to $10,000, said Bower. Additional costs would be signature verification, printing, mailing, programming and advertising costs.
The statutory fee to verify the signatures on a recall petition is 50 cents per signature. It would cost $1,307.50 to verify the signatures on OroValleyRecall.com’s petition, Nelson said.