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Coconino County Election Results: College Tax Defeated

November 06
16:12 2013

County Votes No for College Funding

The Coconino County College tax override on the November 5, 2013 ballot was defeated in election results. Voters chose not to allow the special tax override which would have provided $4.5 million dollars per year for seven years to support the general operations of the College.  A blow to Coconino College officials, instructors, and students, needed college funding will not be available through an additional tax levy.

The results posted at the Coconino Government Document site indicated that 9279 voters, or 54.76% voted against the measure, with 7665, 45.24% voting for it. Of some 66,891 registered voters, some 17,068 or 25.52% voted November 5th.

Page Districts

Page Districts 17 and 18 defeated the measure with 723 against and 234 for the measure out of 957 ballots cast of 3801 registered voters.

Coconino Community College District

The College District serves the 18,000 square miles of Coconino County and has two campuses in Flagstaff (Lone Tree and Fourth Street) and one in Page/Lake Powell. It also has instructional sites in Williams, Grand Canyon, Tuba City and Fredonia.

On June 25, 2013 the district Governing Board voted unanimously to seek voter approval to enact a property tax override for the next seven years beginning in Fiscal Year 2014-2015.  With approval of the override, an additional property tax of $4.5 million dollars per year for seven years would have bene levied to support Coconino Community College. The College would utilize the additional funding to support the general operations of the College in the categories of Instruction, Academic Support, Student Services, Institutional Support and Operations & Maintenance. The language on the ballot read:

To maintain the operations of Coconino Community College, shall the Coconino County Community College District be authorized to levy a secondary property tax in an amount not to exceed $4,500,000 each year for the next seven years. The incremental funding to be used to continue its missions to:

  • Maintain Career and Technical education programs that prepare local students for careers as Nurses, Emergency Medical Technicians, Firefighters, Detention Officers, Computer Technicians, Network Engineers, Alternative Energy Technicians and others; and
  • Continue to prepare local students for higher education and for transfer to Arizona’s public universities; and
  • Maintain programs to train and re-train local workers, in conjunction with local employers, for new occupations and careers in areas including Health Care, Manufacturing, Alternative Energy and others.

This amount will be in addition to the amount of its maximum primary property tax limit, pursuant to the authority provided in section 42-17202 Arizona Revised Statutes.

Williams Hospital Property Tax Approved

A Williams Hospital District Property Tax Levy Question question was approved.  The Williams Hospital District of Coconino County, Arizona, will now be authorized to continue to levy a secondary property tax on all taxable property in the district for the purpose of providing for the operation and maintenance of the Williams Healthcare Center.  56.08% or 535 voted yes, 419 or 43.92% voted no for this measure.

Grand Canyon Budget Override Continuation Approved

With a 75% approval, the Grand Canyon Unified School District No. 4 of Coconino County, Arizona, will adopt a General Maintenance and Operation Budget which includes an amount that exceeds the revenue control limit specified by statute by 9.3% for fiscal year 2014-2015 and for six subsequent years.

Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District Budget Increase Defeated by 4 Votes

This measure proposed to authorize a budget for the Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District which includes an amount exceeding the statue set revenue control limit by 15% for seven years. The estimated excess in the proposed increase would amount to approximately $431,891 in 2013-2014. This budget increase would be funded by additional property taxes with an estimated rate of $.20 per $100 of assessed valuation.  This measure was defeated by only 4 votes: 879 to 875.

 

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