PHOENIX -- Don't fall for the latest lies and scam attempt by big corporate (mostly out-of-state) developers.
Vote No On Prop. 207!
Arizona Taxpayer Nightmare
Costly for Taxpayers. Harmful to Neighborhoods.
Proposition 207, deceptively titled “Private Property Rights Protection Act,” is a confusing bait-and-switch proposition on this fall’s ballot. It pretends to guard against eminent domain problems, but in reality it is an extremely expensive, confusing and bureaucratic measure that forces governments to pay speculators for alleged value losses or waive zoning laws and rules for them. Our taxes would be paid to special interests simply because those interests must comply with laws that protect our homes, our property and our communities.
Prop. 207 is primarily a project of out-of-state speculators — they spent nearly a million dollars just to get it on the ballot. If Arizona voters take their bait on the ballot this fall, we, not these out-of-state deep pockets, will have to live with the consequences of this costly and dangerous measure.
No on Prop. 207 - Who are the losers if Prop. 207 passes?
Taxpayers – This would enable irresponsible developers to demand huge payouts from taxpayers for alleged losses to their property values. Just ask the people of Oregon where a similar measure was passed in 2004. They now face nearly $4 billion so far in potential payouts to speculators. This money must be diverted from critical programs such as public safety, public health, parks and transportation.
Local communities and local voters – Prop. 207 would undermine the ability of local voters to decide what types of projects are appropriate for their neighborhoods and how their communities should grow.
Police and fire departments – They would face tighter operating budgets as taxes are diverted from essential services and they would have to deal with the inadequate infrastructure of unregulated development.
Businesses – Prop. 207 invites lawsuits to determine what actions require what levels of compensation. This would bring local land-use processes to a halt while courts sort it all out – delaying and increasing the costs for worthy local projects.
Neighborhoods – New zoning or ordinances to protect historic buildings, changes in density or building height limits, or any neighborhood preservation codes would be impossible or very costly to implement.
Wildlife, native plants, and natural areas – Protecting wildlife habitat, native plants, hillsides, and washes would be more costly or unfeasible under Prop. 207. Far-sighted efforts to preserve our quality of life, such as Pima County’s award-winning Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, would be crippled.
Cultural preservation – Prop. 207 would make it expensive or impossible to protect cultural and archaeological sites, an extremely important part of Arizona’s history and culture.
Vote NO on Prop. 207
To learn more go to www.NoProp207.org
Organizations Opposing Proposition 207 (growing daily)
Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Phoenix
Neighborhood Coalition of Greater Tucson
Center for Biological Diversity
Defenders of Wildlife
Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition
Sierra Club – Grand Canyon Chapter
Arizona League of Conservation Voters
Republicans for Environmental Protection
Friends of Flagstaff’s Future
Arcadia/Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association
Arizona Public Interest Research Group
Old World Communities, LLC
Richard Elias, Chairman, Pima County Board of Supervisors
Arizona Planning Association
Trust for Public Lands
Arizona Preservation Foundation
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy