PRESCOTT - By 8 p.m. or so today, Aug. 25, Prescott residents should know the results of a number of critical questions in the community.
Among them: Who will serve as mayor for the next two years, who will win four-year terms on the council, ratification of a general plan, and whether voters supported three city bids for sales tax increases.
Voters who have yet to cast their Prescott primary ballots still have time to do so. The deadline for submitting a ballot is 7 tonight (either at a drive-through drop box at the Yavapai County Administration Building, 1015 Fair St., or at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.).
County officials say they plan to post the results of the city primary by 8 p.m. - and possibly as early as 7:30 p.m. The results will be available online at: www.yavapai.us/electionsvr/elections-and-results/ (Visit dCourier.com for results as well.)
On Monday afternoon, Aug. 24, Yavapai County Recorder Leslie Hoffman reported that 12,804 ballots were already in and verified - for about 49 percent of registered Prescott voters.
The results that will be posted online Tuesday evening will be "unofficial," Hoffman said, and will not be considered "unofficial/official" until the next day. (The final official tally will not occur until the Prescott City Council canvasses the results on Sept. 1.)
The first primary count on Tuesday evening typically includes a number of questioned ballots, which are not included in the tally. Those are usually answered by the next day, Hoffman said.
The ballot includes four measures for voters: ratification of the Prescott General Plan; an increase from 0.75 percent to 1 percent sales tax for street improvements (effective Jan. 1, 2016); a 0.55-percent sales tax increase to pay off the city's unfunded obligations with its police and fire pensions; and a 0.08 percent sales tax increase for acquisition, improvement, and maintenance of open space.
In addition, the primary features two candidates - Harry Oberg and Dan Fraijo - vying for the mayor's post, and three City Council candidates - Jim Lamerson, Billie Orr, and Steve Sischka - listed on the ballot (along with write-in candidate Alan Dubiel, who will not be listed on the ballot).
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