THE ALTERNATIVE EXPENDITURE LIMITATION, OR "HOME RULE"
GENERAL ELECTION: NOV. 8, 2016
The Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or “Home Rule,” allows Marana to determine its own spending levels. The State of Arizona limits how much cities and towns can spend based on a formula that uses a municipality’s 1980 budget. Marana’s estimated budget for fiscal year 2017-2018 is approximately $118.1 million. If a majority votes “no” on this question, though, the Town must cut spending to $53.7 million. However, by voting “yes,” voters can permit Marana to fully use all available financial resources. The outcome of this vote will neither raise nor lower taxes.
Historically, Marana voters have passed Home Rule each time it has appeared on the ballot. It passed in 1985, 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013.
A vote of “Yes” allows Marana to set its own budget and continue to provide public services at the current levels.
A vote of “No” will require Marana to cut its budget by more than $60 million. This will reduce all Town services.