City of Mesa Calls General Election

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~ Mesa City Council Calls for General Election to Address Growth and Maintain Quality Services

The Mesa City Council has announced a General Election to be held on November 5, 2024. This election will give Mesa voters the opportunity to vote on four important ballot measures that will have a significant impact on the city's ability to keep up with growth and maintain high-quality services for its residents, businesses, and visitors.

One of the key measures on the ballot is the Permanent Base Adjustment. This measure involves adjusting a base limit that was established by the City's 1979-80 fiscal-year expenditures. The base limit is used to calculate the City's annual expenditure limitation. If approved by voters, this measure would increase the base limit by $148 million. It is important to note that this adjustment will not raise taxes and will instead help Mesa better predict and plan its future budgets for critical municipal functions such as public safety.

Furthermore, this adjustment does not allow the City to spend more than its resources or change the requirement for cities, under state law, to adopt a balanced budget. It is estimated that this measure will provide expenditure capacity for 30 years and replace the need for voters to approve a home rule alternative every four years in order to fund critical municipal functions.

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Another important question on the ballot is the General Obligation Bond to Enhance Community Safety. This measure asks for voter approval on a $90 million bond that would fund projects aimed at enhancing community safety. These projects may include fire and medical response stations, replacement and addition of fire apparatuses, construction and improvement of emergency 911 communications center, expansion of fiber network for efficient communications, and design and construction improvements to make streets, roads, and intersections safer for all users.

In addition to addressing community safety concerns, Mesa voters will also have the opportunity to vote on a $170 million General Obligation Bond aimed at enhancing recreational facilities and expanding educational and cultural experiences. This bond would fund projects such as construction and renovation of parks, recreational facilities, and playgrounds, water conservation improvements at City parks, construction of new aquatic centers, renovations and improvements of the historic Sirrine House property, and construction, renovation, and improvement of i.d.e.a. Museum.

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The final measure on the ballot is the 2050 General Plan. This plan includes a vision statement, core values, guiding principles, and strategies to guide decision-making by City leaders for the next decade. The plan was created using public input and input from a citizen advisory committee, as well as information from existing plans and the Mesa City Council strategic initiatives. It is updated every ten years as mandated by the State of Arizona and does not raise taxes or change the existing zoning of property.

It is important for Mesa voters to be informed about these measures before casting their votes. Arguments advocating or opposing these measures must be filed with the Mesa City Clerk's Office by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 7th, 2024. These arguments must include a sworn statement from the person(s) sponsoring them.

For more information on these measures and the upcoming election, interested individuals can contact the Mesa City Clerk's Office at 480-644-4868 or visit mesaaz.gov/elections. The future growth and maintenance of high-quality services in Mesa will depend on the decisions made by voters in this General Election.

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