Prescott's primary ballots must be turned in today

Prescott voters to decide council seats, propositions

Rick Rashid drops off his ballot for the City of Prescott election Monday, Aug. 28, at the Yavapai County Administration building. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Rick Rashid drops off his ballot for the City of Prescott election Monday, Aug. 28, at the Yavapai County Administration building. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29. (Les Stukenberg/Courier)

Today is election day for the City of Prescott’s primary election where voters will decide positions on the City Council as well as two propositions, including a sales tax hike.

There are no voting centers for this election, all ballots must be dropped at either the County Administration Building, 1015 Fair St., or the City Government Building, 201 S. Cortez St.

• There are three candidates for mayor. If one of them does not earn 50 percent plus 1 vote, then the top two candidates will advance to the general election in November. The candidates are Mary Beth Hrin, Greg Mengarelli and Jean Wilcox.

• There are six candidates for the City Council’s three available seats. If any of the candidates earn a majority of the votes cast, they are automatically elected. If there are any open seats after the primary, the top two vote getters for a seat will advance to a runoff in the general election.

• The candidates are Steve Blair, Greg Lazzell, Constance Cantelme, Phil Goode, Alexa Scholl and Joseph Viccica.

• Prop. 443 asks voters to increase the city’s portion of the sales tax .75 percent to pay down the city’s obligation to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.

• Prop. 442 asks voters to extend Home Rule, which allows the City Council to set its own budget limits. If voters do not approve it, then the city will be limited in what it can spend by a formula in the state constitution.

• Ballots must be dropped off by 7 p.m.

• All ballots need to be signed in the appropriate space on the white envelope.

• The general election is scheduled for Nov. 7, 2017.

• The Daily Courier has done numerous stories on the candidates and the propositions. You can view them online at dcourier.com/news/elections.