ELECTION 2013: Arizona voters in Maricopa County decide on transportation initiatives

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 11/7/2013

Voters in three Maricopa County communities had their say Tuesday, Nov. 5, on transportation questions totaling nearly $190 million.

In the city of Mesa, voters approved a question to authorize the city to increase its debt by $79 million through general obligation bonds. Question 2 on the fall ballot was approved by a 56 to 44 percent margin.

The money raised through an increase in property tax will be applied for transportation improvements. Specifically, the funds will be used to build, repair and improve the city’s streets, highways, bridges and street lights. New bike and walking paths will also get a portion of the money.

Ballots in neighboring Scottsdale included four questions asking voters to increase the debt for city services in four areas.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected Question 4 on the local ballot. The question covered $99 million in transportation improvements throughout the city. Projects that would have benefited included improving access to state Route 101, upgrading traffic signals for the north-south freeway, and bridge upgrades

Meanwhile, Fountain Hills’ voters approved road bonds by a 2-to-1 margin. Question 1 on the ballot authorizes the town to increase its debt by $8.2 million through general obligation bonds.

The community located northeast of Scottsdale will use the money to pay for transportation and street upgrades. Specifically, the funds will be used to rebuild Saguaro Boulevard.

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