Mesa Proposition 300 (2009)
The question voters faced was whether to authorize economic incentives as part of the development agreement between the City of Mesa and DMB & Gaylord Entertainment required for the construction of a Gaylord Resort and Convention Center in Mesa. If Gaylord constructs a 1,200-room hotel/convention center with resort accommodations, and the second resort constructs a 490-room hotel and other amenities, the city will provide tax incentives in hopes of boosting Mesa tourism.
The Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau collects "bed taxes" which are used to promote tourism in Mesa. The CVB has agreed to allow a portion of these revenues generated by Gaylord Entertainment at a proposed resort and convention center to be used in the same manner.
The Mesa City Council negotiated the terms of the ballot measures with DMB and Gaylord Entertainment to encourage it to build its resort -- known as the "Mesa Proving Grounds Resort" -- on 100 acres at the Mesa Proving Grounds, rather than somewhere else.
"What a great day for our city," Mayor Scott Smith told a crowd of supporters. Due to larger uncertainties in the economy, no schedule has been given for starting construction.
Effect of "yes" vote
A “YES” vote shall have the effect of approving economic incentives subject to a public vote under Section 613 of the Mesa City Charter, which are necessary for construction of the hotels, convention center and related improvements under the Gaylord/DMB Development Agreement.
Effect of "no" vote
A “NO” vote shall have the effect of disapproving economic incentives which are necessary for the construction of the hotels, convention center and related improvements and will terminate the Gaylord/DMB Development Agreement.
- Yes on 300, a website of "yes" supporters