Final count of Pima County ballots today shows that Prop. 409 Bonds for City Street Improvement has won after all by 953 votes. It was losing on Election Night by 935 votes, but the tally switched on Nov. 12 as early ballots were counted, and the winning lead increased every day up to today.
Yes 72,483, 50.33%
No 71,530, 49.67%
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will be pleased with this result as he held a press conference today at City Hall with City Manager Richard Miranda. This is what 409 is supposed to do:
The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider a $100 million General Obligation Bond program to improve the condition of City streets. Bond funds will be used to restore, repair, and resurface streets inside Tucson City limits. No change can be made to this purpose for the bond funds without going back to voters for approval.
(More info: http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/street-bonds).
Let’s hope the City’s streets can be paved properly as there are numerous complaints about the potholes and quality of the streets in the City of Tucson. It took me weeks of calling City Street Maintenance (791-3154) to get a pothole fixed on one of the arterial streets this Fall, but it was finally done with the assistance of Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik’s assistance.
As for the other statewide propositions, here’s the latest updates as to which ones are passing (but Maricopa County is still counting about 85,000 ballots). Prop. 118 is the only one that was close (and was losing on Election Night and is now winning) so stay tuned for that one.
Prop. 114 Crime Victims Protection Act YES
Prop. 115 Judicial Selection NO
Prop. 116 Small Business Job Creation Act NO
Prop. 117 Property Tax Assessed Valuation YES
Prop. 118 Permanent State Land Fund
Prop. 119 State Trust Lands YES
Prop. 120 State Sovereignty NO
Prop. 121 Open Elections/Open Government NO
Prop. 204 Quality Education & Jobs Act NO