Steller's Friday Notebook: Voters stage mini tax revolt across Tucson

Friday, 10 November 2017, 11:11:49 PM. Plus more on candidates for CD2 and an audacious Tucson campaign.
Tucson-area voters declared Tuesday a sort of tax-rejection day. Across the area, voters rejected most ballot issues that would have raised local taxes to pay for schools, fire departments and a big park. In most cases, voters didn’t just say “No” but “Hell no!” Here’s a rundown of preliminary results: Strong Start Tucson, the half-cent sales-tax increase for preschool programs, lost 66 to 34 percent TUSD’s $180 million bond issue lost 59 to 41 percent Marana school district’s budget override lost 62 to 38 percent Sunnyside school district’s budget override lost 64 to 36 percent Oro Valley’s $17 million bond issue for Naranja park lost 72 percent to 28 percent Picture Rocks Fire District’s budget override lost 58 to 42 percent The ballot issues that bucked the trend and won were: The one-tenth-of-a-cent Tucson sales-tax increase for Reid Park Zoo, which barely squeaked by Flowing Wells School District’s $29 million bond issue, which won overwhelmingly Avra Valley Fire District’s budget override, which won 52 to 48 percent Drexel Heights fire district’s override, which won 68 to 32 percent Pima County GOP Chair David Eppihimer, who helped lead opposition to the Strong Start Tucson proposition, explained the results as tax fatigue. “I think the people are weary of additional taxes and not seeing that they’re producing results that they approve of or would expect,” he said. “We’re seeing a reaction to the piling on that occurs.” I think he’s probably right. Local taxpayers...Read more
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