Prop. 200 backers sue Tucson officials over sign confiscation

2007-10-31T00:00:00Z Prop. 200 backers sue Tucson officials over sign confiscationBy Rob O'Dell Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
October 31, 2007 12:00 am  • 

Backers of Proposition 200 say they filed a lawsuit today against the City of Tucson seeking a restraining order to stop city staff from taking down and then discarding the campaign’s political signs.

Prop. 200 author John Kromko will talk about the lawsuit with his attorney Vernon Peltz at a news conference at 2 p.m. today at City Hall.

Peltz said believes the city violated Kromko’s civil rights by removing political signs, including from private property, while commercial signs in the same location were not removed. The lawsuit says the city subsequently destroyed the signs, in violation of city policy.

A hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday in front of Judge John Davis, he said. Peltz said the campaign hopes to get some of the signs back and reposted before Election Day on Tuesday.

The initiative would severely limit city use of reclaimed water, cut off new water connections when growth outstrips the reliable water supply and repeal the $14-a-month garbage fee, which appears on water bills.

“The Tucson Water Users Bill of Rights” would also mandate current service levels be provided forever, block the city from adding more unrelated charges to water bills and prevent Tucson Water from being privatized.

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