Arizona’s Court of Appeals sides with Pima County on space balloon deal


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Arizona’s second highest court has agreed with Pima County and approved a deal the county made, without competitive bidding, with the space balloon company World View.

In a unanimous ruling, the three-judge panel acknowledged the purpose of competitive bids is to ensure that the county — and, by extension, the taxpayers — gets the most money for the property. But Judge Peter Eckerstrom, writing for the court, said that does not apply when the real goal is not immediate income but longer-term economic development.

The Goldwater Institute, which brought the suit that claimed that the deal violated the state constitution because the lease was signed without competitive bidding, has said it will appeal to Arizona’s Supreme Court.

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  • wayne

    “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”
    -Henry VI, Part II, act IV, Scene II, Line 73

    I haven’t had a chance to dig up the actual opinion– I’d like to know what legal-theory he is relying upon.
    My cursory interweb look up on the guy, doesn’t tell me a whole lot, is he appointed for life in Arizona??
    By the superficial reasoning presented in the Article, Arizona can do anything they want, for nebulous reasons, occurring in the future, for unidentifiable people, just because unelected mastermind’s say so.

    “Apres moi le deluge”

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