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Possible foul play obtaining signatures against school vouchers

PHOENIX — The Senate Ethics Committee voted Thursday, Oct. 5, to investigate whether a Democrat lawmaker broke the law in how she gathered signatures to thwart expansion of the voucher program that lets parents use public dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools.

Register to vote in City of Prescott election by Oct. 10

Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman reminds voters to be eligible to vote in the City of Prescott election Nov. 7, you must register by Tuesday, Oct. 10.

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Lazzell withdraws from Prescott council race

Field of candidates reduced to five

The number of Prescott City Council candidates dropped by one this week when incumbent Councilman Greg Lazzell announced that he was withdrawing from the race.

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Council, mayoral races head to run-off election

Mengarelli, Wilcox advance in race for mayor

The City of Prescott’s run-off election in November is shaping up to be a virtual repeat of the primary, minus one mayoral candidate and two propositions.

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Voters raise Prescott sales tax

Prop. 443 passes by 8 percentage points

Two years after Prescott voters overwhelmingly rejected a 0.55-percent pension-related sales tax, they turned around this year and approved a 0.75-percent sales tax for the same purpose.

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Prescott Primary Election results - Aug. 29, 2017

Unofficial results as of 7:30 p.m.

These are the most current results available for the Prescott Primary Election, Aug. 29, 2017.

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Prescott's primary ballots must be turned in today

Prescott voters to decide council seats, propositions

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.

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Prescott primary election season wraps up this week

Turnout already 43%; voters’ ballots are due Tuesday

About 43 percent of Prescott voters have already cast their ballots, and remaining voters now have about three days until the deadline.

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More than $220,000 spent on city election

Mengarelli more than doubles most raised by closest opponent

Total money collected in the City of Prescott’s primary campaign season is approaching the quarter-million-dollar mark.

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Group spends $13,000 to oppose Wilcox

Two of three mayoral candidates had groups working to defeat them

Two of Prescott’s mayoral candidates have been targets of negative campaigning this year, according to financial disclosure reports that were filed with the Prescott City Clerk’s office this past week.

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Hrin withdraws preliminary injunction request

Defamation lawsuit continues

A bid to block a Phoenix-based organization from “repeating the publication of false and defamatory statements” about Prescott mayoral candidate Mary Beth Hrin was withdrawn this week.

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City has $123M? Yes, but most is already spent

Should Prescott use its cash on hand for pension debt?

For some voters, word this past week that the City of Prescott has a fund balance of $123.5 million begged a question: Why is a sales-tax increase needed if the city has so much money on hand?

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Voters to decide Home Rule Option in primary

Proposition 442 is ‘equally important’ as Proposition 443

The City of Prescott’s bid to extend its Home Rule Option for another four years (Proposition 442) may not have generated as much voter interest as Proposition 443, but officials say it is also critical to the city’s future.

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Prescott voters should have ballots by today

29,008 ballots were mailed out Aug. 7

Prescott’s nearly 30,000 registered voters should all have received their city primary ballots by today, Aug. 14.

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Hrin files claim of campaign finance law violations

City attorney says complaint may be premature

Prescott Mayoral candidate Mary Beth Hrin has followed up last week’s campaign-related defamation lawsuit with a claim of election finance fraud by the organization that sent out recent mailers about her.

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City: Public safety could suffer without additional sales tax revenue

Growing PSPRS payments could lead to police, fire cuts

When massive heartburn and chest pains signal the onset of a heart attack, seconds can count.

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City Council, mayoral candidates address water issues at CWAG forum

CWAG, public ask questions during forum

All but two candidates running for Prescott City Council or Mayor this election season were present to provide their views on water issues facing the Prescott area during this year’s Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) candidate forum Saturday.

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Mayoral candidate files defamation lawsuit

Attorneys will seek names of donors behind mailers

Shedding light on who paid for two recent “dark-money” campaign mailers will be central to a defamation lawsuit that lawyers for mayoral candidate Mary Beth Hrin filed this week.

Prescott city primary voting starts Aug. 2

Early voting for the Prescott Primary Election begins Wednesday, Aug. 2, and continues through Tuesday, Aug. 29, Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman announced.

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Debating 443 PRO: Backers say tax will cover PSPRS debt

Over the next 10 years, the City of Prescott predicts that a 0.75-percent sales tax increase would generate upwards of $11 million annually.

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Debating 443 CON: Solve long-term issues before taxing public

In the eyes of opponents of Prescott’s Proposition 443, a sales tax increase will do nothing more than deal temporarily with the city’s budget issues.

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‘Hit piece’ flyer overshadows Prescott candidate forum

For two hours Thursday evening, July 28, eight of the nine Prescott Mayor and City Council candidates responded to questions on hot-button issues such as Proposition 443, airport expansion, and job creation.

PSPRS committee meeting canceled over politics; Campbell to meet as ‘town hall’ anyway

The Wednesday, July 26, meeting of the Legislative Ad Hoc Committee on Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) in Prescott is still on but will be a town hall meeting, said Rep. Noel Campbell.

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Official: To fix pensions, first change constitution

Voter-approved protection limits reform efforts

With a statewide pension shortfall totaling $7.7 billion, the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) has long been on the receiving end of reform measures.

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Candidates Q&A: Economic development

With approval of a consultant contract in February 2017, the City of Prescott has renewed its push for economic development — especially for high-tech companies that could benefit from the proximity to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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