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Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008 4:51 pm | Updated: 8:59 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Not sure what each ballot proposition stands for? Learn about ballot propositions including schools, city and statewide. 

Central Arizona College

Chandler Unified School District

Coolidge Unified School District

Florence Unified School District

Higley Unified School District

Tempe Schools Consolidation Maricopa Unified District "A"

Tempe Union High School District

City of Chandler

Mesa

Paradise Valley

Tempe

Statewide Prop. 100

Statewide Prop. 101

Statewide Prop. 102

Statewide Prop. 105

Statewide Prop. 200

Statewide Prop. 201

Statewide Prop. 202

Statewide Prop. 300

Audio: Tribune's Le Templar discusses propositions with KJZZ's Dennis Lambert

Central Arizona College

Bond question

Authorize $98.98 million in construction bonds to launch satellite campuses in San Tan/Johnson Ranch area and Maricopa, and double the amount of classroom space at the Apache Junction campus.

Chandler Unified School District

Maintenance and operations spending override

Authorize the district to keep exceeding spending limits by 10 percent, or $19.5 million a year, for seven years.

Coolidge Unified School District ballot measures

No 1 - Bond election

The $55 million in bonds would fund capital projects, including reconstruction of Coolidge High School, replacing West Elementary School, buying new buses and putting in athletic fields at several schools.

No. 2 - Capital outlay override election

The capital outlay override would give $7 million over seven years, and would fund the district’s technology plan. The plan includes putting in computers, interactive whiteboards, video conferencing capabilities and upgrades to the telephone system.

Florence Unified School District ballot measures

Voters are being asked to approve a $12.5 million capital outlay override. The district will use the money -- $1.8 million over seven years -- to buy and replace technology in the classrooms and throughout the district. The money will be used to replace outdated computer equipment and infrastructure, and purchase technology for the classroom, such as projectors, interactive white boards and document cameras. The district also plans to use the extra money to buy computer software and extra student response systems, remote control devices students now use to answer questions from teachers.

Higley Unified School District

Maintenance and operations spending override

Continue $4 million maintenance and operations budget override, which has been in place since 1994.

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Tempe Schools Consolidation Maricopa Unified District "A"

Combine Tempe and Kyrene elementary school districts with Tempe Union High School District into a single district for kindergarten through 12th grade.

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Tempe Union High School District

Question 1

Allow Tempe Union to issue $30 million in construction bonds to replace roofs, upgrade heating-cooling systems and other major projects. Property tax increase would be 4 cents for every $100 of net assessed valuation.

Question 2

Authorize the district to keep exceeding spending limits by 10 percent, or $6.3 million a year, for 5 years. Property tax rate would be 12 cents per $100 of net assessed valuation.

Question 3

Restore $6 million a year, for seven years, to fund upgrades and repairs for district buildings. Property tax rate would be 1 1 cents per $100 of net assessed valuation.

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City of Chandler ballot measure

Proposition 412

Chandler voters are being asked to ratify the city's General Plan as the City Council adopted it on June 26. The General Plan is the city's long-term guide to land use.

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Mesa

Questions 1 and 2

Approve $159 million in bonds for police equipment, fire stations and street construction. The Mesa City Council has pledged to adopt a secondary property tax at an average of 17.18 cents per $100 of net assessed value.

Proposition 400

Amend the city charter to allow inspection of the interior of apartments and other rental units without search warrants.

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Paradise Valley

Proposition 411

This is a referendum of a special-use permit issued for a new Ritz-Carlton 225-room resort northwest of Lincoln Drive and Scottsdale Road. The project also slated to include up to 161 condos or town homes.

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Tempe

Question 1

Approve $1 13.3 million in bonds for water and sewer systems including new pipelines and expand treatment capacity.

Question 2 and 3

Approve $76.2 million in bonds for street construction, storm drain improvements, renovation of the police/courts building, upgrade police radio system, improve fire stations and build new ones.

Question 4

Approve $51.8 million in bonds to renovate neighborhood parks, upgrade city museum, install new scoreboard at Diablo Stadium, improve lighting at other sports facilities.

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Statewide Ballot Propositions

Proposition 100: protect our homes. This measure, crafted by the Arizona Association of Realtors, would constitutionally prohibit any taxes or fees on the sale or transfer of real estate. There is no such levy now. But the idea has been raised from time to time as various commissions have considered broadening the types of transactions subject to state sales taxes but reducing the overall rate.

Proposition 101: medical choice for Arizona. If approved it would amend the state constitution to bar any legislation which would require individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fee to opt out. It also would ban any measure which limits an individual’s choice of doctors. The net effect of the measure, crafted by some doctors, would be to preclude any sort of state-imposed universal health care similar to what was adopted in Massachusetts.

Proposition 102: marriage constitutional amendment. This would put a provision in the constitution defining marriage in Arizona as solely between one man and one woman. It largely duplicates a 1996 state law. But putting it in the constitution likely would preclude a court from declaring the statute invalid. Placed on the ballot by the Legislature, it is backed by the Center for Arizona Policy, which describes itself as lobbying for traditional values, and the state’s two Catholic bishops.

Proposition 105: majority rules, let the people decide. Current law says any ballot measure needs a majority of those voting on the issue to pass. This would raise the bar to require a majority of those registered to vote -- even if they stayed home -- for any statewide initiative that would raise taxes or impose new spending requirements on the state, individuals or businesses. This proposition is supported by Jason Levecke, owner of Carl’s Jr. franchises in Arizona.

Proposition 200: payday loan reform act. This would override a current law that will otherwise put payday lenders out of business in Arizona in 2010. The measure, crafted by the industry itself, would reduce what lenders could charge slightly, from $17.85 per $100 for the two-week loans to $15.

Proposition 201: homeowners bill of rights. Crafted by the Sheet Metal Workers International Union, this would require homebuilders to provide a 10-year warranty on new homes and tilt existing laws more in favor of buyers. That includes eliminating a provision in current law which says if buyers lose a lawsuit they are liable to builders for legal fees and costs.

Proposition 202: stop illegal hiring. This would ease some of the provisions in the state’s employer sanctions law which allows a judge to suspend or revoke business licenses of firms found guilty of knowingly hiring undocumented workers. It provides employers with additional legal protections and raises the legal bar to get convictions. It is backed by some business groups that oppose the original law.

Proposition 300: salary increase of state lawmakers. Placed on the ballot by a special commission, this measure asks voters to hike the salary of state lawmakers from $24,000 a year to $30,000. The last voter-approved increase was in 1998.

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