City of Mesa 2018 Ballot Questions Voters' Guide

City of Mesa 2018 Ballot Questions Voters' Guide

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Last Day to Register to vote: October 9

Early voting Stars: October 10
Last Day to Request a ballot by Mail: October 26
Last Day to Mail your ballot: October 31
Last Day to vote early: November 2
Election Day: November 6
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City of Mesa Ballot Questions

Question 1
Home Rule

Home Rule or Locally Controlled Alternative Expenditure Limitation allows the City of Mesa to maintain local control of the annual budget amount and determine the necessary expenditure limitation while remaining within available revenues and resources (i.e. maintaining a balanced budget). The City has had a Home Rule expenditure limitation option in effect since FY 2000/01.

Renewal of Home Rule in November 2018 would be effective through FY 2022/23. Without the Home Rule option, the City would be subject to the State Expenditure Limitation which is based on the budget set in FY 1979/80 adjusted for inflation and population. This would result in the City having to cut approximately $200M from the 2019/20 budget which represents 42% of the General Fund impacting every City department including public safety.

Question 2
Public Safety Sales Tax 
($25.M annually)
 

The Public Safety Sales Tax question would increase the City’s retail sales tax by .25% bringing the total City rate to 2.0%. This would put Mesa’s retail tax rate in the lower 50% of the valley municipalities. The revenues generated by the additional sales tax would go towards hiring new police and fire/medical personnel as well as ongoing expenses related to those positions. The funds would be allocated as follows:

Police Department – ($15M) – 65 positions and related expenses

Fire and Medical Department – ($10M) – 45 positions and related expenses

Question 3
Public Safety Bond 
$85.0M

This question, if passed, would authorize the City to issue general obligation bonds for public safety specific capital projects and would be paid off using a secondary property tax. Targeted capital projects are as follows with a Bond Issuance Cost of $0.2M:

Fire/Medical Department – Fire Apparatus ($24.7M), Fire Station 221 – Eastmark ($5.1M), Fire Station 222 – Northeast ($12.M)

Police Department – Police Station – Northeast ($25.0M), Evidence Facility ($10.0M)

 

Question 4
Parks and Cultural Bond 
$111.0M

This question, if passed, would authorize the City to issue general obligation bonds for parks and cultural specific capital projects and would be paid off using a secondary property tax. Targeted capital projects are as follows with a Bond Issuance Cost of $0.3M:

Athletic Fields ($61.2M) – Monterey Park, Crismon & Elliot Basin, North Center Street, Red Mountain Community, Red Mountain Youth Baseball/Softball

Park Amenities ($9.1M) – City Center Plaza, Carriage Lane Dog Park, Countryside Dog Park, Harris Park

Paths ($12.4M) – Signal Butte & Elliot, Lehi Crossing Shared Use (McDowell Rd to Loop 202), Eastern Canal Shared Use (Brown Rd to Broadway Rd)

Cultural ($28.0M) – Southeast Mesa Library, Dobson Library and Main Library Improvements, Federal Building Renovation, i.d.e.a. Museum renovation (Phase One)

Question 5
Mesa City Charter Section 613 

This question seeks authorization for the City to expend public funds greater than $1,500,000 to construct or aid in the construction of the Mesa Plays Youth Sports & Events Complex on City-owned land which may consist of a multi-purpose facility, lighted multi-purpose fields with seating, and related improvements. The question deals specifically with the construction of tournament soccer fields at a cost of $30.0M and would be paid for primarily with bed tax, sales tax and concession revenues generated by the complex.

Question 6
Transient Lodging (Bed) Tax 

This question seeks authorization for the City of Mesa to increase the City’s transient lodging (bed) tax by 1.00%, from 5.00% to 6.00%, beginning on March 1, 2019, for the purpose of promoting tourism in Mesa, Arizona, which may include funding for construction, operation, maintenance, and related costs for the Mesa Plays Youth Sports & Events Complex on City-owned land.

The information on the ballot questions are from the City of Mesa Election website. To go to the City of Mesa website click here

 

 

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