Thousands fighting to make the San Tan Valley an official city

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PINAL COUNTY -- The move to create a new Arizona city -- San Tan Valley -- is getting nasty.

The area in question is in Pinal County between Queen Creek and Florence, and it's home to some 80,000 people who don't officially have a city to call their own. That area is currently an unincorporated county island.

Those against the creation of the new city are concerned about losing money -- quite a bit of money.

The people who live in what could become the town San Tan Valley will get to vote on whether to create the new city, but only if the surrounding communities OK it.

The Florence City Council will vote on the issue tonight. Many expect them to reject the plan because it would cost the city of Florence, which is home to about 10,000 people, nearly $1 million in state funding. That money would be sent to the newly created town of San Tan Valley to help pay for city services like police and fire departments.

Supporters of incorporation say the disputed area has gotten too large for the county government to provided those services.

According to reports, the new city's initial budget would cost the average homeowner about $330 per year in taxes to fund a bare-bones government.