A. The division or formation of counties pursuant to this article shall be initiated by petition. The petition shall be addressed to the secretary of state and shall contain:

Terms Used In Arizona Laws 11-133

  • Affected county: means each existing county affected by a proposed formation of new counties. See Arizona Laws 11-131
  • Assessed valuation: means the net assessed valuation used for purposes of levying primary property taxes for the tax year immediately preceding the filing of the petition for the formation of counties. See Arizona Laws 11-131
  • Commission: means the county formation commission established pursuant to section 11-136. See Arizona Laws 11-131
  • Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Population: means the population according to the most recent United States decennial census. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Privately owned land: includes all lands other than federal, Indian, state, county, municipal and other governmental lands which are exempt from taxation under article IX, section 2, Constitution of Arizona. See Arizona Laws 11-131
  • Proposed county: means a county proposed by petition pursuant to section 11-133 to be formed from an affected county or counties but before an election on formation is held pursuant to section 11-137. See Arizona Laws 11-131

1. The name and address of the person or organization proposing the formation of new counties.

2. The name of the affected county or counties.

3. A description of the boundaries of the proposed counties and a statement that the boundaries are subject to review and final determination by the county formation commission.

4. A statement of the approximate assessed valuation in each proposed county and the source of those data.

5. A statement of the approximate population in each proposed county and the source of those data.

6. A statement of the approximate total land area and privately owned land area in square miles of each proposed county.

7. A request to begin proceedings for the formation of new counties.

B. The petition must be signed by qualified electors who are equal in number to at least twenty per cent of the number of registered voters of each affected county as of January 1 following the last general election.  Each petitioner shall include his printed name, his address and the date of signing.