The Glendale City Council put five local issues questions on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
Proposition 437 asks voters to approve a franchise agreement with EPCOR Water.
This is related to the city’s aggressive annexation of former unincorporated Maricopa County land near Loop 303, as EPCOR provides water and wastewater services in that area. (The city’s water and wastewater systems do not extend that far west.)
After Glendale City Council approved the idea, voters will decide if a franchise agreement is granted to EPCOR Water Arizona.
If voters approve the agreement, the city will receive 3% of EPCOR’s sales in the Loop 303 area.
According to a city spokesman, “Proposition 437 on the ballot for Glendale voters is a franchise agreement with EPCOR to serve water and wastewater customers west of 115th Avenue within the Glendale city limits. Years ago, the city made the decision not to extend its water and wastewater infrastructure to that area because other utilities were already serving customers in the area and also to avoid passing the cost of building that infrastructure to its existing customers. EPCOR already has infrastructure in that area and is already servicing customers.”
If approved, it will only impact customers who are already being served by EPCOR or future customers west of 115th Avenue.
Most of Glendale will continue to receive water and wastewater services from the city of Glendale.
This year’s ballot also has four city bond propositions, for a $9.9 million landfill project, $87 million parks and recreation projects, $81.5 million streets projects and $9.3 flood control projects.
The bonds are related to the city’s $1.2 billion Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
The 2020-21 CIP totals $175 million. Notable projects in the first year of the CIP include:
• Pavement management of $10.2 million.
• O’Neil Park Splash Pad construction of $1.3 million.
• Public Safety building remodels of $7.7 million, including improvements to the Sine Building, Court Building and other items identified in the Public Safety Assessment.
• Reconstruction of Glendale Avenue for $13 million.
• Reconstruction of Camelback Road for $3 million.
According to Assistant City Manager Vicki Rios, “General obligation bonds have to be voter approved. Cities take them to the ballot asking voters to give you authority to issue those bonds.”
Secondary property tax pays for general obligation bonds, she added.
“If they are approved, our plan is to issue them without raising property taxes,” Rios said.