Gavel, scales of justice and law books

For Avondale residents, the Nov. 3 election ballot includes Proposition 443.

This is a request to increase the sales tax rate for items under $5,000 to 2.7% for a period of 25 years. 

According to the city, the tax proceeds will be deposited in a Recreation and Quality of Life Tax Fund to be used for parks and amenities, sports and recreation facilities, open space and trails, and programming at new and existing facilities.

If the proposition fails, the tax rates will remain unchanged at 2.5% for items under $5,000.

On June 1, Avondale City Council approved a resolution to ask for the sales tax increase.

“Historically, Avondale has sought ballot propositions for a sales tax increase based on what we hear from our community,” Avondale Mayor Kenn Weise said.

“As a lean and nimble organization that is well run, with sound fiscal policies, we reach out to voters only when there is a desire on the part of the community to expand on the current high level of services and amenities the city offers.”

He said the sales tax increase will help fund what the community is requesting and build on recent recreational projects.

“Our young demographic has demonstrated a desire for more parks, sports and recreational amenities, open space and trails, as well as more programming at current and new facilities,” Weise said.

“Over the past few years, we have renovated and expanded our two regional parks, Friendship Park and Festival Fields, and we’re building a third one, Alamar regional park. We’ve improved our neighborhood parks and expanded our recreation offerings.”

Those who have registered for early voting should receive ballots by Oct. 7.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 5.

For more information, visit avondaleaz.gov/elections or call the Avondale city clerk’s office at 623-333-1000.