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By Gail Barney | Queen Creek Independent
The upcoming Home Rule vote is important for Queen Creek residents. Why? A “yes” vote allows local control over the budgeting process for the town.
Under current state law, a “no” vote would result in a 75 percent cut to the town’s budget. Imagine public safety, streets, water, parks and every other budget being cut to a small fracture of the current plan? Without a yes vote, state law would take over the town budget process, mandating a much smaller spending plan.
Arizona law requires residents to, in effect, give a vote of confidence to town leaders. Without it, even though money would be collected for town services, the state-imposed budget process would take over. That means a budget cut of 75 percent.