Voters Say No to Chino Valley Unified School District Bond Proposal

06 November 2013  
There weren't many items on the ballot for the November 5 election, but the results were decisive.

According to the Unofficial Results posted on the Yavapai County website, Chino Valley Unified School District's school bond issue didn't pass. With 41% of the registered voters casting ballots, the measure failed 2752 - 2192 (55-44%).

Humboldt Unified School District, which was seeking a budget increase, evidently didn't convince the voters. The measure was firmly rejected by the voters,  7301 - 3776 (66-34%).

All in all, there were several local school bond or override issues on the ballot, but all met the same answer from the voters: "No."

Prescott Unified School District had three items on the ballot. First, the District was seeking a bond approval, and then a budget increase. The bond failed 9685-8347, (54-46%); the override went down with a 9567-7001 (58-42%). However, voters overwhelmingly approved the sale, exchange or lease of Dexter School, 13002 - 3780 (77-23%).

In other election news, Greg Lazzell is the newly elected Prescott City Council member, after receiving 6295 votes (53.17%) , defeating Ellie Laumark, who received 5488 votes (46.35%).

Lazzell, who had a campaign celebration event at the new Prescott Cantina on Montezuma Street, heard the room erupt into cheers when the results were announced. Afterwards, Lazzell's wife, Andie, said she had been fully supportive of her husband's campaign. "Absolutely, this was something he had wanted to do for a long time... I think he'll bring balance, introspection and common sense to the Council... He does a lot of work with the City already, and he's very capable of working with a multitude of personalities."

Mayor Marlin Kuykendall commented on the Lazzell win, "We're very happy with that," he said. "We supported Greg all the way through. And we think the things he will contribute to the council will fit right in. I know he's going to be a great asset."

These are the 'unofficial' results, and the tallies may change slightly in the days to come. But it appears that none of the issues were close enough for any straggler ballots to make a difference in the outcome.




Lynne LaMaster