Marana voters approve budget-boosting 'home rule option'

2013-05-21T20:51:00Z 2013-05-28T14:06:57Z Marana voters approve budget-boosting 'home rule option'Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 21, 2013 8:51 pm  • 

In its all-mail 2013 general election today, Marana voters authorized the town to spend more money than the state constitution dictates.

Voters approved the measure by a nearly 2-to-1 margin (65 percent to 34 percent).

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 Arizona 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 its fiscal year 2013-2014 budget Wednesday night. "We’re pleased that Marana residents continue showing faith in the town to create a responsible and balanced budget," said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson via 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.

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.

SAHUARITA

In a contest 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 573-4130 or pvillarreal@azstarnet.com

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