The sole ballot question before Oro Valley voters in the recently concluded primary election was home rule.

The question passed resoundingly, with 6,754 votes in favor (72.69 percent of those cast) and 2,527 opposed (27.31 percent).

"We appreciate the confidence that voters have placed in their local government by continuing to allow the town to set its budget spending levels at the local level," said Oro Valley spokeswoman Mary Davis. "The town staff and council will continue to employ responsible fiscal practices to assure the long-term sustainability of our community and we look forward to the public's participation in the budget process."

Under state law, municipalities have to ask voters every four years to renew the provision, which allows local governments to set budget limits.

If the question had failed, as one did in Tucson's November election, Oro Valley would have been subjected to significant spending limits.

The limits were set under formula included in the adoption of the law in 1980. Accordingly, a baseline-spending figure from fiscal 1980 is multiplied by population and inflation factors to come up with the spending limitations.

Oro Valley officials estimated that without approval of home rule, the town's anticipated, all-encompassing $100 million total budget would be reduced to about $22 million.

Home rule does not affect the rate at which municipalities can collect revenue. Rather, the law places restrictions on local spending.


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