Goldwater Institute threatens Pima County with lawsuit over high-tech balloon

This artist rendering provided by World View Enterprises shows the World View Voyager balloon carrying a pressurized space capsule that will be transported to the edge of space.
This artist rendering provided by World View Enterprises shows the World View Voyager balloon carrying a pressurized space capsule that will be transported to the edge of space.

By Curt Prendergast | Arizona Daily Star

Pima County is on the defensive and investors are spooked after the Goldwater Institute threatened legal action over a $15 million lease with a high-altitude balloon company.

The county Board of Supervisors plans to hold an executive session Tuesday to discuss the allegation that the county violated the state constitution’s “gift clause” by agreeing to build facilities for use by Tucson-based World View Enterprises.

In response, county Administrator Chuck Huckelberry sent a four-page memo to the supervisors on Monday blasting the assertions in the letter as “false, misleading and libelous statements.”

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