Prop 1 dies amid updated election results

Iron County residents vote in primary election, June 28, 2016, Cedar City, Utah | Photo by Tracie Sullivan, St. George News/Cedar City News

ST. GEORGE – The future of the proposed sales tax increase for road funding is no longer in question with the recent election update released Tuesday.

Roadwork at Indian Hills Drive, St. George, Utah, April 15, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Roadwork at Indian Hills Drive, St. George, Utah, April 15, 2015 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Numbers released from the Washington County Clerk’s Office show that Proposition 1, which would have added a quarter-percent sales tax to items in the county with the exception of food, has little to no chance of passing at this point.

The ballot measure, if approved, would have taken 1 cent out of every $4 spent in the county for the construction, upgrade and maintenance of transportation infrastructure. Public transit would also have received additional funding.

Little changed percentage wise and the results remained pretty steady at 52 percent against Prop 1 and 47 percent in favor, which translates to 28,986 votes to 26,311. Last week’s initial tally was counted at 24,596 votes to 22,464.

The Washington County Clerk’s Office will be releasing an additional count update Friday, with the final count results being released next Tuesday.

Telegraph Street between Washington and Highland parkways reopened after a month-long closure caused by a 6-inch drop in the roadway that is connected to a slow-moving slide. Repair work on Telegraph Street is expected to conclude in early 2017, Washington City, Utah, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News
Telegraph Street prior to the hill-shifting issues that ripped the road surface apart. The road is currently being repaired, Washington City, Utah, 2016 | Photo by Mori Kessler, St. George News

Around 4,000 ballots have yet to be counted, Washington County Clerk Kim Hafen said. However, at this juncture he said it is unlikely the election results will change much.

Supporters of Proposition 1 have included a number of city mayors in the county who said the additional funding is necessary in order to not only meet current demands, but also help fund new transportation infrastructure necessary to accommodate the traffic that will result from the county’s continued growth.

Opponents have stated they want the county and its municipalities to work within the budgets they have and prioritize roads and related infrastructure accordingly.

According to data from the Utah League of Cities and Towns, the 0.25 percent sales tax was estimated to generate an annual revenue of $1.4 million for St. George for transportation infrastructure and $1.6 million for the SunTran public transit service. Washington County would have received around $800,000.

Other updated election results

Another race that has been close is that of Washington County School Board’s District 3 between Terry Hutchinson and incumbent Debbra Zockoll. Hutchinson maintains a slim lead of 3,995 votes to Zockoll’s 3,823 votes, or 51.1 percent to 48.9 percent respectively.

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday after waiting for some time in long lines. Parowan City, Utah, Nov. 8, 2016 | Photo by Tracie Sullivan, St. George / Cedar City News
Voters cast their ballots Tuesday after waiting for some time in long lines. Parowan City, Utah, Nov. 8, 2016 | Photo by Tracie Sullivan, St. George / Cedar City News

Washington County School Board District 1: Becky Dunn garnered 4,159 votes/40 percent to Richelle Nelson’s 2,109 votes/39 percent.

Washington County School Board District 2: Incumbent Craig Seegmiller took 3,918 votes/65 percent to challenger Rick Nelson’s 2,109 votes/35 percent.

Senate District 29: Republican incumbent Don Ipson garnered 29,854 votes to Democratic challenger Dorothy Engelman’s 8,481 votes for a 77.8 to 22.1 percentage.

House District 71: Republican incumbent Brad Last garnered 8,864 votes to Democratic challenger Chuck Goode’s 2,208 votes for an 80 to 20 percentage.

Washington County Commission Seat C: Dean Cox received 39,699 votes/74.24 percent; Josh Warburton garnered 7,192 votes/13.45 percent, and Greg Aldred took 6,580 votes/12.31 percent

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5 Comments

  • .... November 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    This is good news. that means the money that is being put aside for RealLowlife’s mental health assistance will still be there for him.

  • Bob November 16, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    aww the poor babies, whose money will they spend now. I’m betting they find some way to punish us for turning off spigot of what they thought was a their unlimited milk cow. These “conservatives” sure love spending other people’s money, lol

    • .... November 17, 2016 at 10:34 am

      I love spending other people’s money

  • Brian November 17, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Politicians: Can you hear us now?

    1. Live within your means (we have to)
    2. Keep your eye on the ball (we have to)
    3. Tax dollars are sacred funds. Spend them accordingly.

  • Ron November 17, 2016 at 9:55 am

    You can bet your bottom .25 cent that the City and County leaders WILL indeed find a way to get that .25.
    One way or another. They will NOT give up going after the almighty taxpayer dollar. Bet on that!!
    As long as there are taxpayers to pony up the cash, they will continue to see it as their own ATM to access $$$$
    as they see fit.
    Get ready, they have had their contingency back up plan should Prop. 1 not pass. It is coming.
    They don’t giver up that easy.
    For those that know….BOHICA!!

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