Local voters turned down Prop 428, the Timber Mesa Fire and Medical District bond initiative. The $18 million dollar bond was to provide greater capacity in the district’s budget. Navajo County Elections reported 7,418 NO votes (59.10%) versus 4,133 YES votes (40.90%). That’s a little less than a 20% margin voting against the measure.
The funds would have been utilized to construct, equip and furnish new fire stations and training facilities as well as renovating existing fire stations to bring them up to current standards. The district had also planned to retire long-term lease purchase obligations and replace fire apparatus (trucks and equipment) as needed.
This was part of Timber Mesa’s “extensive strategic planning from our administration and recommendations from the citizens of the fire district,” stated the district’s bond information sheet.