October 8, 2018
Mayor’s Update – October 8, 2018
There are two city questions on the ballot this November: Proposition 407 and Proposition 408. You can read both in the city’s publicity pamphlet, available online here.
The last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2018 election is Tuesday, October 9. The Pima County Recorder’s Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on October 9 to register people to vote. If you have an Arizona driver’s license or Arizona ID issued on or after October 1, 1996, you can register to vote online at ServiceArizona.com until midnight.
Proposition 407: Parks Bond
The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider a bond proposal that makes improvements at 100 city parks, funding new playgrounds, splash pads, sports fields and courts, as well as renovations to dozens of existing facilities.
If passed, Proposition 407 will use revenue from retiring old debt to fund the improvements, so there’s no increase to the city’s secondary property tax rate.
In addition to parks, Proposition 407 funds pathways, greenways, and bikeways. Included are more than 17 miles of new linear parks and more than 120 miles of new low-stress bikeways, shared-use pathways, and sidewalks.
As with the city’s propositions for road repair and public safety, Proposition 407 creates a citizen oversight commission to ensure that funds are spent as promised.
Proposition 407 improvements take place over nine years, starting in 2020. Projects were taken from the city’s Parks and Recreation System Master Plan, which was created with extensive public input.
For a complete list of projects, visit tucsonaz.gov/parksbond.
Proposition 408: City Elections
If passed, Proposition 408 will change the timing of city elections from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years, to comport with new state law.
If Proposition 408 does not pass, litigation may determine when city elections can be held.