Casa Grande votes on bonds for baseball spring training - Tucson Local Media: Pima Pinal

Casa Grande votes on bonds for baseball spring training

Marana, other communities make leadership decisions Tuesday

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:00 pm

Associated Press

A potential new spring training facility, a new mayor and several new council seats are up for grabs in various elections in the Phoenix metro area on Tuesday.

In Casa Grande, halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, voters will decide whether to fund a Major League Baseball spring-training facility.

The proposal would increase the city's transaction-privilege tax by 0.9 percent, to 2.7 percent, for up to 30 years to fund a facility. Businesses often pass on that fee to customers.

The increase would not go into effect unless city officials can secure a contract with a major-league team by 2019.

Gilbert will choose a new mayor and that town as well as Goodyear, Cave Creek, Carefree and Gila Bend will elect new council members.

The economy may play a key role in Gilbert's elections, where an incumbent and three other candidates are vying for two town council positions and a write-in candidate is challenging the big winner in the mayoral primary.

The town faces a $15 million budget shortfall next fiscal year and the challenge of diversifying a local economy heavily dependent on funds from slumping sales taxes and plummeting building fees.

Competing for mayor are John Lewis and write-in candidate Glen Spencer. The winner will replace eight-year Mayor Steve Berman, who lost in the primary.

Voters in Carefree northeast of Phoenix will choose from a field of six candidates competing for four open council seats.

Voters also will have a chance to change the town's political makeup with a proposition that asks voters if they want to directly elect their own mayor. Currently, the council chooses the mayor every two years.

© 2016 Tucson Local Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about

More about

Welcome to the discussion.

Clutch - X-Ray Visions

More Featured Videos

Featured Videos

Spacer4px

Online poll

The Marana capital improvements improvements are expected to take years to complete as Marana finds the best plan of action to complete the projects and fund the improvements. Do you think this is a good idea?

The town of Marana is looking at ways to do capital improvements to the oldest neighborhoods in Marana. Over the next few months the town will survey older neighborhoods and see what amenities they need and form a plan to make sure neighborhoods have paved roads, sidewalks, adequate drainage, lighting and even pocket parks. “We want to make sure that every neighborhood has a base standard for infrastructure,” said Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. The improvements are expected to take years to complete as Marana finds the best plan of action to complete the projects and fund the improvements. Do you think this is a good idea?

Total Votes: 22

Loading…

How do you feel about a potential memorial art project to honor our community’s bravest men and women?

During the Jan. 20 town council meeting, a vote was unanimously passed to look into the feasibility of a “Memorial Public Art Project,” at the request of Oro Valley resident Dick Eggerding to potentially be placed somewhere in the town to honor military veterans and first responders. Though no concrete plans were then ready to act on, there was a show of overwhelming support for such project from residents and staff alike during the council meeting. In an effort to poll to community at-large, The Explorer would like to know how you feel about a potential memorial art project to honor our community’s bravest men and women.

Total Votes: 40

Loading…

Follow us on Facebook