Pinal County voters approve transportation initiatives, FUSD bonds and water improvement districts

The long-discussed Propositions 416 and 417 were passed by voters in November, meaning residents may see new and improved roads and highways in the future. While it seemed more voters were in support of the Regional Transportation Authority’s countrywide road project plan, fewer voters were in support of the half-cent sales tax hike to fund the projects – 50.97 voted “yes,” while 49.3 voted “no.” And in Casa Grande, slightly more voters were against the propositions, according to preliminary data.

Proposed transportation improvements include the State Route 347 expansion project in Maricopa, which seeks to expand the principal roadway from four lanes to six lanes into Maricopa between the Pinal-Maricopa County line to the north and the municipal boundary of Maricopa to the south; the east-west corridor between Maricopa and Casa Grande, which is a 21-mile four-lane project beginning at State Route 347 in Maricopa and extending east through northern Casa Grande to I-10; and the I-10 traffic interchange, which will facilitate better traffic for the Kortsen/Kleck Road alignment, among many other projects.

Proposition 416 passed 56.96 percent (Yes) to 43.04 percent (No). The proposition approves the Regional Transportation Authority’s countywide road project plan.

Proposition 417 passed 50.97 percent (Yes) to 49.3 percent (No). The proposition creates a half-cent sales tax to fund the Regional Transportation Authority’s countywide road project plan.

Florence Unified School District Bonds were approved by 54.8 percent to 45.20 percent. Florence Unified School District Override was not approved, with 53.22 percent of the voters casting a “no” vote and 46.78 percent voting “yes.”

Stanfield Elementary School District Override was not approved, with 63.66 percent of the voters casting a “no” vote and 36.34 percent voting “yes.”

Ray Unified School District Bonds were approved by 66.39 percent to 33.61 percent.

Avra Valley Fire District Override was approved by 62.15 percent to 37.85 percent.

Maricopa Domestic Water Improvement District was approved by 75 percent to 25 percent.

New Saddleback Vista Water Improvement District was approved by 70 percent to 30 percent.