This is a brief summary of local propositions Tucson voters will have the opportunity to vote on in the November 2010 election.
1. Proposition 400
Increase the sales tax by .5% for a period of 5 years to help fund public safety, transportation services, and park and recreation programs and facilities. A vote “yes” supports the tax. A vote “no” is against the tax.
2. Proposition 401
This is a two part proposition. First, elections for mayor and council members will go from a two year election to a four year election. The argument is that this will help save money on elections and allow the mayor and council members to focus on their jobs rather than on getting elected every 2 years. The second part of this proposition is that the Mayor will get a raise, a salary of $3,500.00 per month and the council members will also get a raise to $2,000.00 per month. The argument is that saving money on elections will allow for salary increases without creating a decrease in the general budget. A vote “yes” is for these changes. A vote “no” is against these changes.
3. Proposition 402
Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) can sell surplus property to help with budgeting school district needs. A vote “yes” is to let TUSD sell the land. A vote “no” is if you are against it.
Tucson City Clerk, Voter Information Pamphlet, November 2, 2010.
Tucson Unified School District No. 1, Special Election Pamphlet, November 2, 2010.