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  • Mesa Chamber 2018 Election Recommendations

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    This is your ticket! Your Golden Ticket! As a member, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide you with this list of recommendations for the ballot choices in November. These candidates and ballot issue positions are endorsed by the Mesa Chamber and its Board of Directors.

    United States Senate
    Martha McSally is an American combat veteran and Congresswoman currently representing Arizona's 2nd congressional district. McSally was the first American woman to fly in combat following the 1991 lifting of the prohibition on female combat pilots. She served in the United States Air Force from 1988 to 2010 and rose to the rank of colonel. She is a strong supporter of the Mesa Industry and Defense Council and will serve the community well in the Senate.
    Congressional District 9
    Dr. Steve Ferrara served in the U.S. Navy from 1991 to 2016 and retired with the rank of captain. While in the U.S. Navy, he served as its Chief Medical Officer from 2013 to 2015. He also served as on Capitol Hill as a Congressional health policy fellow from 2012 to 2013. He offers demand-based solutions for some of the biggest problems facing Mesa businesses and the country.

    Legislative District 16
    Senate – Senator David Farnsworth
    House – Representative Kelly Townsend
    Legislative District 18
    Senate – Senator Sean Bowie
    House – Representative Jill Norgaard & Greg Patterson
    Legislative District 25
    Senate – Tyler Pace
    House – Representative Rusty Bowers & Representative Michelle Udall
    Legislative District 26
    Senate – Rebecca Speakman
    House – Ray Speakman
    City Council District 3
    Councilmember Francisco Heredia
    City Council District 4
    Jake Brown
    QUESTION 1 - Home Rule                                    VOTE “YES”
    The Mayor and City Council of the City of Mesa shall annually, as part of the annual budget process, adopt an alternative expenditure limitation equal to the total amount of budgeted expenditures/expenses as it appears on the annual budget as adopted by the Council to apply to the City of Mesa for each of the four fiscal years immediately following adoption of the alternative expenditure limitation. The alternative expenditure limitation shall be adopted each year after a public hearing at which the residents of the City of Mesa may comment on the proposed alternative expenditure limitation.

    QUESTION 2 - Public Safety Sales Tax                  VOTE “YES”
    Shall Mesa be authorized to increase the City's retail sales tax by .25% bringing the total City rate to 2.0%. This would put Mesa's retail tax rate in the lower 50% of the valley municipalities? The revenues generated by the additional sales tax would go towards hiring new police and fire/medical personnel as well as ongoing expenses related to those positions.

    QUESTION 3 - Public Safety Bonds                       VOTE “YES”
    Shall Mesa be authorized to issue and sell $85,000,000 of general obligation bonds for public safety, law enforcement, fire and medical emergency services, and related communication systems and facilities, support equipment and vehicles?
    QUESTION 4 - Parks and Culture Bond                  VOTE “YES”
    Shall Mesa be authorized to issue and sell $111,000,000 of general obligation bonds for libraries, museums, arts and cultural facilities and improvements, parks, open space and recreational facilities and improvements?
    QUESTION 5 - Mesa Plays Sports Complex          VOTE “YES”
    Shall Mesa be authorized to expend public funds greater than $1,500,000 to construct or aid in the construction of the Mesa Plays Youth Sports & Events Complex on City-owned land which may consist of a multi-purpose facility, lighted multi-purpose fields with seating, and related improvements.
    QUESTION 6 - Transient Lodging Tax                    VOTE “YES”
    Shall the City of Mesa, for the purpose of promoting tourism in Mesa, Arizona, which may include funding for construction, operation, maintenance, and related costs for the Mesa Plays Youth Sports & Events Complex on City-owned land, be authorized to increase the City's transient lodging (bed) tax by 1.00%, from 5.00% to 6.00%, beginning on March 1, 2019.
    Mesa Public Schools Bond                                      VOTE “YES”
    Shall the Mesa Public School District be authorized to issue and sell $300 million in bonds for building renovations/repair/replacement, technology, and transportation.
    Mesa Public Schools Override                                VOTE “YES”
    Shall the Mesa Public School District be authorized to 15% budget override for funding teaching positions and class size. Continue school security staffing to maintain a safe and secure learning environment. Continue academic programs that prepare students for postsecondary education and workforce success. Continue and increase employee compensation for attracting and retaining employees. Provide funding to address minimum wage increase.
    PROP 126 - Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act           VOTE “NO”
    This measure would amend the Arizona Constitution to prohibit the state government, as well as county, municipal and other political subdivision governments and taxing districts, from imposing or increasing any transaction-based taxes, fees, stamp requirements, or assessments on any service performed in Arizona, or on the gross receipts of sales or gross income derived from any service performed in Arizona. The amendment does not repeal or nullify any tax, fee, stamp requirement, or assessment that was in effect as of December 31, 2017.
    PROP 127 - Clean Energy Amendment                  VOTE “NO”
    Requires electric utilities to provide at least 50% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2030. The Amendment defines renewable energy sources to include solar, wind, small-scale hydropower, and other sources that are replaced rapidly by a natural, ongoing process (excluding nuclear or fossil fuel). Distributed renewable energy sources, like rooftop solar, must comprise at least 10% of utilities’ annual retail sales of electricity by 2030.
    PROP 306 - Clean Elections                                     VOTE “YES”
    This referendum seeks to designate it an unlawful contribution to directly or indirectly make a payment from a clean elections account to: (1) a political party; and (2) a tax exempt 501(a) organization that is eligible to engage in activities to influence the outcome of a candidate election.
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