Town of Gilbert transportation bond approved by 164 votes

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Gilbert's streets, transportation and infrastructure bond passed by less than a half-percent. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gilbert's streets, transportation and infrastructure bond passed by less than a half-percent. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)

The town of Gilbert’s $515 million streets, transportation and infrastructure bond hung on to its slim lead to win approval by 164 votes, less than one-half percent.

With 41,395 votes counted, the final tally from Maricopa County Elections Department showed bond had 20,319 voting yes (50.2%) and 20,155 voting no (49.8%). Turnout was 23.76%. There were 917 undervotes (no selection made) and four overvotes (both selected).

Because the margin was great than one-tenth of 1 percent, no automatic recount will be held by state law. Arizona law does not permit a recount to be requested.

The town’s present plan is to use the money to fund 57 projects that fall under five categories: $214 million for safety and congestion; $106 million for road reconstruction; $78 million toward redevelopment in the Heritage District; $68 million for traffic technology; and $49 million for multimodal transportation investment.

The tax rate remains flat at $0.99 per $100 assessed valuation.

A question on Southwest Gas maintaining gas utility franchise rights in town overwhelmingly passed, 30,141 (75.31%) to 9,883 (24.69%) with 1,369 undervotes and two overvotes.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Visit our online Voter Guide for all local election results in your community.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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