National Politics

Arizona town cancels public fee vote after perceived threat

An Arizona town has abandoned a proposed public safety fee intended to prevent impending deficits after perceived pressure from a state lawmaker.

The Arizona Capitol Times reported last week that the Fountain Hills town council cancelled a scheduled August vote on the $185 annual fee.

Officials say Mayor Ginny Dickey cancelled the vote in response to an email from state Rep. John Kavanagh.

Kavanagh, a Republican representing Fountain Hills, informed council members a fee was likely illegal.

The Times reports council members viewed the message as a threat Kavanagh would file a complaint under a state law allowing lawmakers to request an attorney general's investigation into local government action.

Kavanagh denies he planned a complaint.

The attorney general's office says Kavanagh requested an opinion but has not filed a complaint.

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