Early election results show proposition 100, a temporary one percent state sales tax increase, has passed, with Gila County residents overwhelmingly supporting the measure.
With 100 percent of Gila County polls reporting as of 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, 60 percent of residents (6,480) had voted in favor of the tax increase, with 4,304 voting no, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
Statewide, 64 percent of voters supported the proposition.
These totals do not include early ballots dropped off at polling places or provisional ballots cast at the polls. Early ballots make up the majority of votes counted Tuesday.
In Gila County, 37 percent of registered voters turned out to vote on the highly contested item, which if passed could save hundreds of education, health and public safety programs from drastic cuts.
According to the Gila County Government Web site, passage of the proposition would raise approximately $1 billion a year for the state over the next three years. Two-thirds of that revenue would fund K-12 education and the other one-third, health and human services and public safety.
Official results will be announced June 1.
Read more about the results and their impact locally in Friday's Roundup.