Pima County voters reject millions in bonds in early results

Pima County voters reject millions in bonds in early results

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Pima County voters are so far rejecting a massive bond package that would have created a new corridor and helped improve roads.

Voters rejected all seven parts of the nearly $816 million bond package during elections on Tuesday. About 20,000 provisional and early ballots have not been counted.

A portion of the package that would have benefited museums, the zoo and a memorial honoring the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting of former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and 18 others was voted down by 67 percent.

Proponents said the bonds would have benefited the city’s economy in the long run, but opponents said they would have increased property taxes again and that the county couldn’t afford to go into more debt.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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