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Valley groups keep up fight

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Jim Camden
The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE, Wash. - Supporters of an effort to disincorporate the city of Spokane Valley say they have more than half the signatures needed to put the proposal before voters, but they'll have to gather the rest as a Valley business group ramps up its opposition to the plan.

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Citizens for Disincorporation needs at least half of the city's 48,000 voters to sign its petitions. Campaign chairwoman Sally Jackson said the group is approaching 16,000 after about five months of leaving petitions in supportive shops and sending signature gatherers door to door. Jackson didn't have an exact figure, saying, "We don't count them all the time."

If Jackson is correct, that would be better than previous efforts, which never reached the halfway mark before being abandoned.

Valley Mayor Rich Munson said he doubts the group has as many signatures as claimed, noting that unless supporters turn in their signatures, there's never an independent way of checking their numbers. They just start up a new campaign on an old issue.

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