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NewsNet 11-6-13

2013 CITY OF TUCSON GENERAL ELECTION: INCUMBENTS WIN, PROPOSITIONS PASS - In yesterday's election, incumbent City Council Members Karin Uhlich, Richard Fimbres, and Steve Kozachick were re-elected. Propositions 401 and 402, the City's expenditure limit increase and general plan, passed. 60,679 ballots have been counted, representing about 27% of registered voters in the City of Tucson. About 6,900 ballots, most of which were turned in by voters yesterday at City polling locations, have yet to be counted. "I think this shows what we've been doing these past years has re-earned the trust with many of the voters in Tucson," said Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "And it's a good sign for the future."

VAIL INCORPORATION EFFORT FAILS - About 56% of voters in the proposed town of Vail said no to incorporation in yesterday's election. About 44% of the community’s voters turned out for the election. Citizens for Vail, the group behind the incorporation effort, had proposed an initial budget of $3.2M, to be funded by state-shared revenue. An opposition group calling itself Vail Incorporation Facts claimed the proposed budget was unrealistic, and that the proposed town's budget would not be able to sustain levels of municipal service currently provided by Pima County. Law enforcement, road maintenance and other municipal services provided by Pima County in its unincorporated areas are paid for by taxpayers countywide, including residents of the City of Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and South Tucson. From the Star.

SUNNYSIDE OVERRIDE FAILS - 53% of voters in Sunnyside Unified School District said no to a proposed budget override that would have provided an extra $9.3 million annually for seven years. Arizona law limits property tax rates that school districts can impose to fund their budgets. However, the state allows residents to vote for an increase of up to 15 percent on that limit. From Arizona Public Media.

MESA VOTERS APPROVE $130M BONDS FOR ROADWAY AND PUBLIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS - Yesterday voters in the City of Mesa approved two bond questions to fund street and public-safety projects. With 96 percent of the city’s precincts reporting, plus early ballots, the unofficial returns showed "yes" leading 55.7 percent to 44.3 percent for Question 1, which would authorize $51.7 million in capital spending for the police and fire departments. Question 2, authorizing $79.1 million for streets and related infrastructure, had received 56% in favor and 44%. From the Republic.

RIO NUEVO BOARD AUTHORIZES START OF TCC WORK, TRANSFER OF ARENA SITE, NAME CHANGE - The Rio Nuevo board met yesterday to discuss several items. Among them were the approval of a general contractor to begin the preconstruction process in rennovations to the TCC Arena. Concord General Contracting was awarded the contract for $35,160 to begin planning for renovations to the TCC’s bathrooms, ceilings, concession areas and more. The board also approved the transfer of a City-owned parcel near Granada and Congress streets, a proposed site for a future arena, that was part of the district's settlement with the City earlier this year. Additionally, the district approved a plan to select a new name, based on a contest among local high schoolers. From the Star.