AZ Supreme Court keeps case alive against county transportation; Rose Law Group attorney Jonathan Udell comments

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents a coalition of property and business owners throughout Pinal County who have worked to bring new transportation infrastructure to the county.)

By Raquel Hendrickson | InMaricopa

The Arizona Supreme Court may look further at a lawsuit that could impact State Route 347.

This week, the court opted to continue the case of Vangilder et al. v. ADOR/Pinal County et al., which has put funding of road-improvement projects in limbo. Goldwater Institute attorneys filed suit against Pinal County Regional Transportation Authority soon after voters approved Prop 417 three years ago.

Arizona Tax Court ruled against the county RTA and the Department of Revenue, but the Division I Court of Appeals overturned that decision. Goldwater attorney Timothy Sandefur filed his intent to appeal to the Supreme Court in February.


“Pinal County is the fastest-growing region in Arizona. To generate more revenue and protect its businesses, the county’s transportation plan naturally sought to prevent big-ticket purchasers from fleeing elsewhere. The plan complied with law, and the Pinal Partnership remains hopeful that the Arizona Supreme Court will not put the county between a rock and a hard place.”

Jonathan Udell , Rose Law Group Litigation Attorney
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August 2020