By Michelle Chance |inMaricopa.com
Customers of a rural water district were successful in striking down a tax levy proposed by its local board Thursday night.
The Thunderbird Farms Improvement District Governing Board failed to pass an 11.52 percent tax increase after hearing from domestic water clients, angered over the tax that many said could push residents out of their homes – and the water district out of business.
Chairman Patrick Lacey motioned to approve the tax, but the proposed levy died after board members Martha Courtney-Boblitt and Beverly Smith did not second Lacey’s motion.
The result was met with applause from the few dozen customers who packed the district’s conference room for the duration of the three-hour meeting. Thunderbird Farms is in an unincorporated area south of Maricopa.