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11:08 AM Thu, Sept. 20th

Prescott Council canvasses, approves final primary results

PRESCOTT - Results of Prescott's Aug. 25 primary are now official.

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Prescott City Council approved the primary results, which had been considered "unofficial final" until that time.

The approval of the official canvass was the only action item on the council's special-meeting agenda this week.

A council memo on the canvass listed the results from the primary, which ended with a 57.87-percent voter turnout.

City Clerk Dana DeLong read the voting results, including the election of Mayor-elect Harry Oberg, and new council members-elect Steve Sischka and Billie Orr, along with incumbent Jim Lamerson.

The results also reflected the approval of the Prescott General Plan ratification and the 0.25-percent sales tax increase for street improvements, as well as the defeat of a 0.55-percent sales tax increase for public-safety pensions, and a 0.08-percent increase for open space acquisitions and improvements.

The Yavapai County Recorder's office conducted the election for the city, and DeLong said the payment for that service would go to the council for approval at a future meeting. The preliminary bill indicates the cost of the primary at about $106,000, DeLong said.

Because all of the positions and ballot issues were decided in the primary, a general election in November will not be necessary, DeLong said.