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La Paz County voters OK spending limit increase

May 17, 2018 GMT

Proposition 401, the proposal to increase La Paz County’s state-mandated spending limit for the 2017-18 fiscal year, was approved by county voters Tuesday.

At the close of counting that evening, there were 1,124 “yes” votes to 726 “no” votes. Elections Director Kevin Scholl said there were 330 outstanding ballots.

The proposal raises the county’s spending limit by $3 million for the current fiscal year. That is the amount Finance Director Terry Krukemyer said the county will spend over its limit if current spending trends hold.

La Paz County Supervisors had stated some services would need to be cut back if Prop 401 didn’t pass.

Although the spending level can be adjusted for inflation and population growth, the only way it can be increased beyond these levels is through a vote of county residents. Since the spending limit for counties was approved in the Arizona Constitution in 1980, La Paz is the county to not have raised its limit.

A proposal to permanently increase the spending limit will be on the ballot for the general election in November.