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Florence Town Council Okays Special Election on Purchase of Johnson Utilities

With almost no discussion, the Florence Town Council on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of putting a plan to purchase Johnson Utilities, the company that provides water and sewage services for much of the San Tan Valley and parts of Florence, to a May 20 vote of the Florence electorate.

However, that plan has neither been finalized nor made public. In fact, the town and Johnson Utilities' owner, wealthy water baron George Johnson, have yet to agree on a purchase price.

Mayor Tom Rankin, considered to be the driving force behind the proposed acquisition, was the only council member to comment, which he did after the vote was over.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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