/ Modified aug 12, 2013 8:27 a.m.

Tucson Retirement Ballot Initiative Goes to Court

Measure would ask voters to OK city government retirement system changes to reduce costs.

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A Pima County Superior Court judge will decide if a ballot initiative that could change Tucson's retirement system should be on the November city ballot.

The court challenge, by two city employees, said the petitions to get the initiative on the ballot were circulated by unqualified people, either those who are felons without their rights restored or people who are not residents of Arizona.

The judge has until Sept. 16 to decide whether the initiative can go on the ballot. That is the day the city must begin printing ballots for the Nov. 5 general election.

If the initiative is approved for the ballot, it will join one other initiative, a proposed $50 million increase in the city's spending limit, on the November ballot. Voters also will select three council members, in wards 3, 5 and 6.

There are no primary election challengers for any candidate, but by law the city must hold a primary, and it will be Aug. 27. Ballots for it were sent last week to voters in the three wards in what will be a mail-in election.

The city clerk's office mailed 71,370 primary election ballots on Thursday.

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