Mesa Home Rule Exemption Question (November 2010)

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A Mesa Home Rule Exemption Question was on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the city of Mesa which is in Maricopa County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 61,771 (70.3%)Approveda
  • NO 26,068 (29.7%)[1]

This measure sought to renew the home rule option that Mesa voted on in 1980. It is required by law that every four years the home rule option must be voted on for renewal. This option allows the city to exceed state mandated limits in spending, allowing for limited taxes but increases in what the city can collect.[2] City officials warned that if this had not been approved, the budget would be drastically cut and the city would lose many services and jobs. Although Mesa citizens voted on Home Rule in 2008, due to the change in when elections would be held, in the fall rather than in the spring, a fall vote in 2012 would have been too late. So city officials moved the election two years in advance to gain approval for Home Rule four years after 2012. After the 2012 election, the Home Rule question will be held at a regular schedule with Mayoral elections every four years.[3]