Here is what our Ward 6 council member, Steve Kozachik, had to say about the city election:
“I thanked people in the “Be Kind” section for calling out congratulatory comments as we pass on the street or out on the Loop. As I hope you know, last Tuesday we held citywide elections. Three council seats were up for grabs, plus a few ballot measures. I’ll share the final tallies here.
“We have over 400,000 registered voters in the city. Just under 35 percent took part in the election. While people who follow this stuff consider that a “good” turnout, I’m disappointed that only one third of registered voters participated. We address some important quality of life issues, manage a billion dollar budget, and there were important propositions on the ballot. There are still people who are mentally working through the November 2016 election, which many considered a surprise result at the presidential level. Please don’t sit out the 2018 elections coming next fall.
“Thank you to the 48,892 who voted in support of rehiring my staff and me for another four years. I think UA football coach Rich Rod would take a 60-32 final score every week if he could manage it. We at the Ward 6 office are grateful for your very solid vote of confidence. We look forward to continuing the partnerships we’ve established over the past eight years.
“I’ll add that Green Party candidate Mike Cease is a quality guy. He stopped by to congratulate me. He ran a principled and focused campaign and he’ll be around advocating for important environmental issues. I appreciate his involvement in the democratic process.
“We have a new member of the council. Paul Durham will join us after defeating firefighter Gary Watson. Both of those guys ran good campaigns and each is an asset to the community. I look forward to serving with Paul in the coming four years.
“Up above in the “Be Kind” section [of Steve’s weekly email] I wrote about the zoo propositions passing. We needed to adopt both in order for the one-tenth cent sales tax increase to become law. It will sunset in 10 years. During that time, we will see important investments in the zoo facility, including some not so sexy stuff like water lines and other infrastructure, and in other cases new and expanded exhibits for the animals. The zoo tax will help the Tucson Zoo at Reid Park to maintain their accreditation. One reason that’s important is the international wildlife conservation work they do. Without the accreditation by the Zoo and Aquarium Association, that work wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to all of you who saw the importance in passing these two measures. Soon we’ll be talking about management structure out at the zoo. These new dollars will be an important piece of that conversation.
“I don’t know of many (any?) people who don’t recognize the value of preschool education. Proposition 204 brought that discussion out into the light of day. I was on record not supporting 204, not because I disagree with the notion of quality preschool training, but because I felt the proposition as it was written was flawed in some important ways. Probably most importantly was that it was $50M per year forever, with few specifics drafted into how it would be allocated. The voters evidently saw that and other issues as it went down by nearly a two-to-one margin.
“Council members are paid $24K annually, plus a car allowance. That’s how it’s going to stay, 70 to 30.
“Political signs are coming down. Enjoy the clean medians and street corners. The 2018 election cycle will be here before you know it.’
Thanks to all of you who voted and especially those who supported Steve. –Ken