Senate kills effort to study realigning Santa Cruz, Cochise counties

State Sen. Andrea Dalessandro, D-Green Valley, helped kill the county realignment effort by calling a vote for the study committee “anti-Republican ranchers and anti-produce industry.”/Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star 2015

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Aizona Daily Star 

It looks like residents of Patagonia, Sonoita and Elgin are going to remain in Santa Cruz County, at least for the foreseeable future.

On a 16-13 vote, the Senate on Tuesday killed a plan that would have created a committee to study realigning the boundary between Santa Cruz and Cochise counties.

The vote is a setback for Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Sierra Vista, who has pushed HB 2486 following what she said were complaints from area residents that their taxes are too high and the level of service they are getting is too low.

Griffin managed to shepherd the legislation through the House on the premise that it didn’t actually do anything. Instead, she said, it would simply look at the issues between those residents and the county government based in Nogales, as well as explore what it would take to move the county line.

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