The residents of the unincorporated area of Vail have until Nov. 5 to decide what they think about self-governance.
The Citizens For Vail Committee has spent years surveying residents, researching governance options, and then gathering signatures to put incorporation on the ballot. The Pima County Recorder's Office verified this week that the committee gathered enough signatures to call an election, and it's been set for Nov. 5.
The committee is the primary organization in support of incorporating into a town, and no organized opposition has formed a committee, according to the Pima County Elections Division online campaign finance system.
The election means Vail residents now have a say in their future, said Rob Samuelsen, a member of the Citizens For Vail Committee.
The committee will now shift into the next phase of its work. It's hired a campaign manager, and will begin attending community meetings, going door-to-door and distributing materials to educate voters, he said.
“We’ll put forth a whole series of different campaign elements that we need to put together, really to educate the population about what incorporation means for Vail residents to help them make an educated and intelligent decision," Samuelsen said.
He called the situation historic, because the last town formed in Pima County was Sahuarita in 1994.
In order for the community to become a town, a majority of those who vote on election day must approve the question, Samuelsen said. There would be 11,500 residents in the new town, and about 7,100 of them are registered to vote, he said.
Becoming the state's newest municipality means citizens would have control over local governance and taxing issues through a town council, instead of being governed solely by policies set by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.