What Valley students need to know about Prop 105 (the fate of light-rail) and 106- VOTE THIS TUESDAY, August 27


Jesse Tannous

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Jesse Tannous, Reporter

Update: It has come to the attention of nevalleynews.org that many voters, including students, may have received misinformation with regard to the voting dates on Prop 105 (the initiative that would end light-rail in Phoenix) and Prop 106.

The vote on both initiatives will take place THIS TUESDAY August 27, 2019. Please visit City of Phoenix election information link here for more information



Proposition 105

Is a special election initiative placed on the ballot and set for vote on August 27 is designed to eliminate all light rail by prohibiting the City of Phoenix from further spending on construction, improvement, or design of future light rail transportation.

According to the full text of the proposition the “citizen initiative” would effectively “derail” all light rail in Phoenix—the 6th most populous city in the U.S.

The initiative comes as a shock to many light rail riders—including students from Arizona State University many of the Maricopa Community Colleges and local valley high school students that depend on light rail to get to and from school, home and work.

The initiative confusingly called “Building a Better Phoenix Act” or (Prop 105) was reportedly created by residents and businesses that oppose the south central light rail extension. Instead though, their initiative goes far beyond restricting light rail growth to the south and extends to all Phoenix rail projects.

By far, the college, university and high school students nevalleynews.org spoke with oppose Prop 105 and will vote NO on prop 105 this Tuesday.

Voters in the City of Phoenix elections are Not required to vote at a specified polling place in the voter’s precinct. Voters can use any of the voting centers to cast a ballot.

The voting centers will be open for voting for THREE DAYS. This method is only available for the City of Phoenix elections. For faster service, voters are encouraged to bring their driver license, state-issued identification, or voter identification card.

Voting centers will be open on

*Saturday August 24-from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

*Monday August 26-from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

*Tuesday August 27 (Election Day) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.


You may vote at any polling location: For a complete guide to voting in Tuesday’s special election go to:



Prop 106

This initiative would force the city of Phoenix to pay more each year toward pensions instead of the current system and would make the debt paid off sooner. But this would also force the City of Phoenix to “cap” other city services like libraries, parks and other city services.

Most of the money for this initiative was backed by out of state interests and donors who do not want to be identified.

Prop 106 could force the City of Phoenix to hold spending on services that Phoenix residents rely on—and without reason. In addition to an already uncertain economy, opponents believe that this initiative is self-serving “experiment” in Phoenix to see if this kind of initiative would pass in other cities and with other pension debt.