About 300 people gathered on Whiskey Row to express their support for Prop 443, and maybe grab a quick hamburger or hotdog.
There were plenty of people on hand to answer questions about the ballot measure meant to place a 3/4¢ sales tax on the City of Prescott ballot. If the measure passes, the revenue will be strictly applied towards paying down the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System liability that has climbed to a staggering amount of nearly $80 million.
Candidates were also on hand to make their stand public: Jean Wilcox, Greg Mengarelli, Alexa Scholl, Joe Viccico, Steve Blair, Greg Lazzell and Connie Cantelme were all sporting “Stand for Prescott” aprons and helping to serve food. Councilmembers Jim Lamerson, Billie Orr and Steve Sischka also came, as did State Senator Karen Fann.
Not in attendance were Mayoral candidate Mary Beth Hrin and council candidate Phil Goode, both of whom have publicly stated their lack of support for Prop 443. Mayor Oberg also did not come.
Weren’t able to be there? Deb Gallegos, from Making a Scene Productions was on hand with her video camera. The speeches were light and short, including some explanations and a lot of appreciation for the community support:
This is a campaign that transcends politicians and political ideology - the support is diverse and the reasons are many. Some are concerned about the library, others about Police and Fire and home insurance rates. But everyone was in agreement - if it doesn’t pass, Prescott will not be able to continue the level of service it currently offers in a wide variety of areas.
Prescott eNews spoke to a few people about why they were supporting Prop 443:
Yavapai Community College will be the place for the next candidate forum on Thursday, July 27 at 5:30 PM. It will take place in the Performing Arts Center.