Mesa voters nix funding, new ASU campus

asu-mesa-nixed-620x264By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Due to the failure of Mesa’s Question 1 on the Nov. 8 ballot, the city has announced it will not post RFQs for the planned Arizona State University at the Mesa Arts Center project. Question 1 would have increased the city’s sales tax from 1.75 percent to 2.15 percent for public safety and higher education projects.

According to the city’s information page about the measure, revenues raised, “Would pay for a proposed Arizona State University Downtown Mesa campus including new buildings and a 10-12-acre Civic Center Plaza; a buildout of the Benedictine University campus, new parking structures to accommodate the expansions, and additional offsite improvements totaling an estimated $108-127M.”

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