Phoenix Elections are just around the corner, and we want to make sure you’re fully prepared and confident when you step into the voting booth and check those boxes, especially regarding Propositions 1 & 2.
A few changes have been made this Election. This is the first Election where voters do not have to vote at specific polling locations and can choose any of the 26 voting centers to cast their ballot. Another change worth knowing is voting is now open for three days:
Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, August 29, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 30 (Election Day), 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Read more about these changes:
Phoenix Election Polling Places: What You Need To Know
For those who didn’t receive their sample ballots in the mail, the following includes information about both Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 — Resolution No. 20963 and Ordinance G-5552, respectively — as well as comments by those who support and those who are against Prop 1 and 2.
Proposition No. 1: Resolution No. 20963
If this passes:
If it doesn’t pass:
Within the sample ballot, no one opposed Proposition 1. However, if you do oppose this prop, please feel free to comment below in our comments section.
|“Renewing Home Rule, otherwise known as the alternative expenditure limitation, means that Phoenicians will retain control of their city’s budget, rather than handing those decisions over to the State Legislature. … Without Prop 1, the budget process would not allow for public comment.” — Kate Brophy McGee, Arizona State Representative, District 11|
“Proposition 1 is not a tax increase but allows local residents to continue controlling local spending. … Our residents will be able to spend already available funds for services such as police, fire, parks, libraries, neighborhood services, recycling, potable water and a modern, convenience airport.” — Janice Washington, CPA, Chair of the 2011 Expenditure Limit Task Force
“With the passage of Prop 1, our Mayor and City Council will be required to balance the city budget each year; taxes will not be raised; and Phoenix will be allowed to spend the revenue it currently collects to provide vital city services.” — Sue Thomas, Central Phoenix homeowner
Proposition No. 2: Ordinance G-5552
In short, Prop 2 will rezone an approximately 2.6-acre property located at the southwest corner of 44th Street and Palm Lane from Multiple-Family Residence and Single-Family Residence to Neighborhood Retail. The rezoning permits neighborhood retail use on the property.
If this passes:
If it doesn’t pass:
Within the sample ballot, four people support Prop 2 and nine others are against it.
Against (listed only five of nine):
|“Changing the zoning to commercial violates the trust my neighbors have with the City. It also send a clear signal that if it can happen in this neighborhood, it can happen in any neighborhood.”— Patricia Garcia, neighborhood resident“We don’t need the extra traffic, and we don’t need a liquor store in a residential neighborhood.” — Antonio Garcia, neighborhood resident|
|“The site sits in the middle of a great neighborhood, and the people living there believe the rezoning hurts their neighborhood, particularly how ingress/egress to the commercial site will harm the neighborhood traffic flow.” — Greg Stanton, former Phoenix City Councilman|
|“A ‘no’ vote sends a message from all Phoenix residents that neighborhoods are worth protecting. As a shaky economy translates into uncertain property values, unexpected and undesired zoning changes make the situation worse.” — Claude Mattox|
|“The City of Phoenix has a general plan that sets forth a strategy for quality development that protects neighborhoods while allowing businesses to thrive. This zoning change fails to meet these standards.” — Peggy Neely, former District 2 City Councilmember|
Are you ready for the Phoenix Elections?