Star Valley Voters Agree To Elect Mayor, Stagger Council Terms, Accept Aps Franchise Fee


Star Valley voters easily passed three ballot issues in Tuesday's election.

Residents voted that the mayor of the town should be voted in by voters, rather than be appointed by the council.

With all precincts reporting, 621 votes or 93.8 percent were cast to allow residents to vote in the mayor. The opposition received 41 votes or 6.2 percent.

On the question concerning four-year staggered terms for the council, 538 or 84.9 percent voted for staggered terms, while 96 votes or 15.1 percent voted against it.

On a vote for the Arizona Public Service franchise fee, 504 people or 82.9 voted for it, and 104 people (17.1 percent) voted no.

The franchise agreement is good for 25 years.

New Star Valley Town Manager Vito Tedeschi said the vote concerning a staggered terms and the mayor being chosen by a vote of the people are standard items in most towns and cities, but had to be passed by the voters to be put in place for the new town. He called the two items good ideas.

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