Despite serious concerns it wouldn’t pass, the residents of Gila County and the rest of the state overwhelmingly supported Proposition 100 at Tuesday’s polls.
More than 60 percent of Gila County and 64 percent of Arizonans voted “yes” for the temporary 1-percent state sales tax increase.
The increased tax is expected to raise $1 billion a year for the state over the next three years with two-thirds of that revenue funding K-12 education and the other third, health and human services and public safety.
Locally, the Payson Unified School District,
Rim Guidance Center, Department of Public Safety and a host of other organizations worried that if Proposition 100 had failed they would have been forced to make cuts in budgets already emaciated by the economy.
In Gila County, 37 percent of constituents turned out at the polls with 6,480 voting “yes” and 4,304 casting a “no” vote.
Besides Mohave County, the proposition easily passed in 14 of Arizona’s 15 counties.
Election results do not include ballots dropped off at polling places or provisional ballots cast at the polls. Early ballots make up the majority of votes counted Tuesday.
Official results will be announced June 1.