Today's elections feature 83 measures across four states, Phoenix voters to decide on pension reform that could save the city nearly $600 million
By Josh Altic
Local ballot measures are being decided in four states today. Measures on the ballot include two pension reform measures in Phoenix that could save taxpayers almost $600 million by 2037. In Arizona, Florida, California and Oregon, voters will directly decide 83 different measures, including key issues such as pension reform, taxes and salaries of local officials.
Election results for the Phoenix Pension reform measures will be reported here as soon as they become available when polls close tonight.
Below is a break down of the election in each state.
- 6 measures seek authorization for Alternative Expenditures in various towns and cities.
- 2 measures seek city pension plan reform in Phoenix.
- 1 measure concerns a sales tax increase.
- 1 measure would authorize a home rule charter for the Town of Hayden.
- The remaining measures concern jurisdiction changes and administration of government.
- 2 measures in Phoenix City seek pension reform for city employees. According to a City Council report, this pension reform could save the taxpayers nearly $600 million over the next 23 years. Early voting on this issues began on February 23.
Californiasecond date in 2013 upon which local ballot measure elections were scheduled to take place in California. These two measures seek to authorize parcel taxes for the San Marino Unified School District and the South Pasadena Unified School District
- San Marino Unified School District parcel tax, Measure R (March 2013)
- South Pasadena Unified District parcel tax, Measure S (March 2013)
- 51 of these measures were city charter amendments
- 12 amendments dealt with election, voting and campaigns laws.
- 8 amendments dealt with term limits for elected officials.
- The remaining charter amendments dealt with various other city governance issues such as salaries of officials and local energy issues.
- The 7 measures that were not charter amendments dealt with building codes, residence density regulation, utilities and tax exemption.
- There are six measures in Delray Beach City in Palm Beach County. One measure removes charter protection against the reduction of the city manager salary. Another measure would allow for property tax exemptions to be granted to new and expanding businesses in an effort to motivate job growth.
- There are four measures in Boynton Beach City, which is also in Palm Beach County. One measure seeks to require at least six months residency in the city before running for city office.
Oregonlocal measures on the ballots today.
- 2 city charter amendments
- 2 property tax renewal measures; 1 for a school district and 1 for a fire district.
- 1 business incentive zoning measure
- 1 out-door lighting ordinance
- Albany City voters in Benton and Linn Counties will be deciding on two charter amendments on March 12. The first amendment seeks to require voter approval for the creation of alteration of urban renewal districts. The second amendment seeks to establish more severe credit limitations for the city in order to cut down the amount of money borrowed by the city.
- City of Phoenix Pension Reform, Propositions 201 and 202 (March 2013)
- Local ballot measure elections in 2013
- City Councilman Sal DiCiccio:Phoenix Pension:No Reform/Slightly Better
- Phoenix unveils pension-reform plan
- Phoenix City Code and Charter
- Pension reform added to 2013 ballot, Stanton and council unanimously agree
- Phoenix Pension Reform ("Yes on 201")