It was election day yesterday in Tucson and across many communities in southern Arizona.
In Tucson, voters re-elected two incumbent council members, Steve Kozachik and Richard Fimbres, and added another Democrat to the City Council, Paul Durham. Tucson voters also turned back ballot proposals that would have given the mayor and council a pay raise and another one that would have allowed the city to get involved in early childhood education. One additional ballot question concerned a 1/10 of a percent tax hike to fund additional repairs and maintenance at Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo. That question is still being decided as the vote is too close to call.
The Tucson Unified School District asked voters to approve $180 million dollars in improvement bonds. The voters said “no.” In the Flowing Wells School District, voters were asked to approve a $23.9 million dollar improvement bond. Voters there said, “no.” A 12 percent budget override question for Sunnyside School District voters was also turned down. In the Marana School District, voters there turned down a request for a 13 percent budget override.
In one fire district in the Tucson area–Picture Rocks–voters there turned down propositions for budget overrides. Override questions were approved was for the Avra Valley Fire Department where voters approved a temporary override to purchase safety and medical equipment and maintain jobs and equipment, and, in the Drexel Heights Fire District.
Budget overrides in Bisbee, Willcox, and Benson were approved for the schools. A similar question failed in the San Simon School District.
The message voters seemed to be sending to government entities seeking budget overrides and newer taxes was to work within your respective budgets.
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