In its all-mail general election Tuesday, Marana voters authorized the town to spend more money than state law allows.

Voters approved the measure by nearly 2 to 1. The alternative expenditure limitation, known as the home rule option, will let the town spend more than the $42.7 million cap imposed by the state constitution. The town is seeking a budget capacity of $95.5 million, which would include revenues from federal, state and local sources.

The Town Council expects to approve Marana's fiscal 2013-14 budget tonight.

"We're pleased that Marana residents continue showing faith in the town to create a responsible and balanced budget," said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson by email.

The home rule funds will be spent on purposes including capital improvement projects, general government, parks and recreation, roads, utilities and improvement plans. Marana spent $80.8 million in its most recent fiscal year and anticipates spending $81.9 million in the current fiscal year.

The home rule matter was the lone question on the Marana ballot. Ballots were sent to town residents in late April.

In the March 12 primary, Marana citizens voted to allow the town to run its own sewer system, ending a dispute between the town and Pima County. In that election, voters also re-elected Town Council incumbents Patti Comerford, Herb Kai, Carol McGorray and Jon Post. Each of the incumbents earned more than 50 percent of the votes, earning their seats and preventing them, under state law, from having to run in the general election.


In a contest Tuesday between two incumbent Town Council members, Gil Lusk defeated Joshua Matthews to serve a two-year term.

Sahuarita voters elected Duane Blumberg, Kara Egbert, and Tom Murphy to the Town Council in the primary election in March.

Contact reporter Phil Villarreal at or 573-4130.