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Posted: Sunday, October 24, 2010 4:30 am

MESA BONDS

Mesa voters are being asked to approve more than $200 million in utility bonds. The five bond packages on the ballot would maintain the city’s aging pipes and electrical system and renew and agreement to let Southwest Gas operate in Mesa — all without raising taxes. For that reason, we are recommending a “yes” vote on Questions 3-7.

HOME RULE OVERRIDES

Chandler and Mesa voters are being asked to approve home rule overrides that will let the cities spend more than state-imposed limits — and prevent them from slashing municipal services and programs. Either way you vote, taxes won’t change — and everything from public safety to parks and libraries are on the line. If this sounds familiar, it’s because you probably saw this on a ballot as recently as this spring’s primary. Both Mesa and Chandler have since shifted to fall elections, and this vote puts them back on track. We recommend a “yes” vote on this matter, known as Prop. 410 in Chandler and Question 1 in Mesa.

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