During a court hearing this month, the Arizona Pima County Board of Supervisors voted to appeal a prior ruling against the county in a lawsuit filed by the company World View.
World View, a space balloon company, sought $15 million from the county for its alleged violation of state real estate law and other claims of county irregularities. The $15 million was reportedly the cost for the World View headquarters and launch pad to be developed on county land.
“The conservative Goldwater Institute sued the county over the deal in April, and in October asked a county judge to 'declare (the lease) invalid' for violating state law regarding appraisals, auctions and rental rates,” tucson.com reported.
The recent ruling created a void in the property lease the county had with World View. This was just one of the four counts in the lawsuit.
“The other two counts deal with competitive bidding for construction of the facilities and county procurement requirements,” tucson.com reported.
“Our view is that until a court of record rules, which is the appeals court, the issue is open.” County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said. Huckelberry also said the county did, in fact, “follow the law” when working with World View.