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Appeals Court puts sales-tax initiative back on Glendale’s November ballot


Just weeks after the Phoenix Coyotes’ sale seemingly got back on track, the Arizona Court of Appeals approved Save Glendale Now’s appeal to put a “sales-tax initiative” back on a November ballot.

It had previously been taken off that ballot by Arizona’s Superior Court.

Five for Howling’s Brendan Porter explains why the “sky isn’t falling” for the Phoenix Coyotes sale, though.

The most important thing to take away from today is that the sky is not falling on the Phoenix Coyotes deal. The city of Glendale still has the option of appealing this decision to the Arizona Supreme Court, and given the differing opinions on the meaning of some of SGN’s language, there is a very good chance the Supreme Court will take it up.

It’s also important to note that this does not in anyway change the lease agreement between the City of Glendale and Greg Jamison. The only thing that does potentially change is how Glendale pays for not just the lease, but other essential services. The city has made it clear on numerous occasions that the sales-tax increase is necessary for the city’s finances regardless of what happens at Jobing.Com Arena.

By Porter’s account, it appears that this is just another bump in the road for a process that’s seen many detours.