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LAKE HAVASU CITY PROPOSITION 409
Permanent Base Adjustment

What is Prop 409?

The State of Arizona imposes an expenditure limitation on Arizona cities and towns, including Lake Havasu City.  However, the State allows the voters to approve a permanent base adjustment. 

A formula was adopted in 1979 that determines the amount of money that can be used to fund city services each year, regardless of the money the city collects.  Lake Havasu City has changed drastically since 1979.

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, the registered voters in Lake Havasu City decide if Lake Havasu City should operate under the 1979 base limit or if Lake Havasu City should permanently adjust its base limit by $5 million.

What does a YES vote mean?

A “YES” vote on Prop 409 shall have the effect of allowing Lake Havasu City to permanently adjust its 1979-80 base limit to maintain local control of expenditures for existing and planned City services and programs, including fire, emergency medical, police, streets, parks and recreation, and City construction projects.  It is not a tax increase or decrease.

What does a NO vote mean?

A “NO” vote on prop 409 shall have the effect of not allowing Lake Havasu City to permanently adjust its 1979-80 base limit and will result in cuts to existing and planned City services and programs, including fire, emergency medical, police, streets, parks and recreation, and City construction projects.  It is not a tax increase or decrease. 

Prop 409 does not impact the amount of taxes or fees the City collects.  A “NO” vote does not reduce taxes or fees and a “YES” vote does not increase taxes or fees.  Prop 409 is specifically about how much the City can spend, regardless of the taxes or fees it collects.

 

Notice of Arguments for Prop 409

Click HERE to view public notice of arguments.

The Lake Havasu City Council adopted Resolution No. 18-3210 designating August 28, 2018, as the date for holding a Primary Election in Lake Havasu City to propose a permanent base adjustment to the 1979-1980 Base Expenditure Limitation for Lake Havasu City.

Proposition 409 will put the question to the voters:

“Shall the Expenditure Base of Lake Havasu City be Permanently Adjusted by $5,000,000?”

Arguments for or against ballot measures may be filed with the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018, at the Lake Havasu City Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 2330 McCulloch Boulevard North, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 86403.

Arguments are limited to 300 words in length and must contain the sworn statement of each person sponsoring it. At the time of filing, a deposit of $100 per argument is required to offset a portion of the proportionate cost of paper and printing the pamphlet.

For more information, please contact the Lake Havasu City Clerk’s Office at (928) 453-4142.

Is there a Publicity Pamphlet?

Yes, Lake Havasu City has a Publicity (Informational) Pamphlet for the 2018 Primary Election. The Publicity Pamphlet will be mailed to all registered voter households approximately thirty days prior to the August 28, 2018 Primary Election. A copy of the pamphlet is available online by clicking HERE and at the following locations beginning Wednesday, August 1, 2018:

            Lake Havasu City Clerk’s Office, 2330 McCulloch Boulevard, N, 928-453-4142

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