Phoenix Voters Say No To Both Prop 105 and Prop 106
Special election votes are in for the City of Phoenix and the no votes have it.
Tuesday voters decided Prop 105 will effectively prevent a block on current and future light rail expansion projects, clearing the way for light rail expansion.
The results have not been finalized and are not official, but early reporting showed residents voted no for the measure. Prop 105 would have redirected light rail money to other transportation infrastructure improvements in Phoenix.
With current polling stations that have been finalized, 62.4% of voters (112,056) voted no to the proposition, with 37.6% (67,735) that voted yes.
City of Phoenix officials reported that approximately 15,000 early ballots still need to be validated and processed and that the update would not be available until Wednesday evening.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, who has supports light rail expansion, thanked voters for their decision.
“Welcome to the Phoenix of the future — where we invest in our transportation, our parks and our libraries, and where Phoenicians, not outside special interests, decide what’s best for our city,” Gallego said.
Phoenix City Councilman Sal Diciccio, a supporter of Prop 105, shared his disappointment on Twitter Tuesday evening.
“Like many of you, I am disappointed to see tonight’s election results,” Diciccio said. “I want to thank everyone who worked on these initiatives and who helped share our message throughout the city.”
During this special election, Phoenix residents also voted no on Proposition 106, which proposed a cap on budget growth for certain programs if pensions are not adequately funded.
Unofficial results reported that voters shot down the measure.
No – 66% (115,369 votes)
Yes- 34% (58,803 votes)
The following groups that opposed the proposition, concerned it could slash funding for libraries and other city services: The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the United Phoenix Firefighters, the Arizona AFL-CIO, and the local AARP chapter.
Supporters of the measure included Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio and the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.