The City of Yuma had two issues for residents on the general election ballot. Following are results for those propositions as of the end of Nov. 8.
These are unofficial totals. They include results from early ballots that were received early and from five of the nine vote centers.
A proposition placed before the vote of the qualified electors of the City of Yuma to approve a 0.3% increase of the Transaction Privilege (Sales) Tax to be used for public safety and roads.
A referendum to approve or reject Ordinance O2016-006, entitled, "AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF YUMA, ARIZONA, AMENDING CHAPTER 154 OF THE YUMA CITY CODE, AS AMENDED, REZONING CERTAIN PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE AGRICULTURE (AG) DISTRICT TO MEDIUM DENSITY RESIDENTIAL (R-2) DISTRICT AND AMENDING THE ZONING MAP TO CONFORM WITH THE REZONING."
City Administrator Greg Wilkinson issued the following statement on the outcome.
“Prop 407 came about as a result of community members coming forward to address loss of funding from state sweeps of our road funds and state cuts and cost shifting from our general fund. We were asked to consider using sales tax instead of property tax source to cover this area.
“We will continue to do the best job we can possibly do in supporting the community with the resources we have, as we always do. We had already started implementing changes to our service models and we are expecting some further changes to take place.”
“There will be a renewed emphasis on carrying the message to the state to end sweeps of Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF) as sweeps are not needed to balance the state budget anymore. We need the entire community to help us carry that message to Phoenix.”
Regarding the potential impact of other issues both statewide and nationwide, Wilkinson said:
“On the positive side with this election, there were concerns if Prop 205 had passed it would have put an additional strain on City resources and we obviously don’t have to plan on handling those issues now. We are also hopeful that some of the overly burdensome and costly federal EPA and health care mandates will be set aside or reduced to save us money in those areas.”