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What Prop. 454 would mean for Oro Valley

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ORO VALLEY- Oro Valley voters will decide on Proposition 454 Tuesday. 

According to the Town of Oro Valley website, Prop. 454 would authorize the issuance and sale of $17 million in bonds to fund improvements to Naranja Park.

The bonds would be repaid through a property tax over 20 years.

Under Prop. 454, construction would be completed in two to three years.

The proposed plan includes three multi-sport fields, four baseball fields, lighting, restrooms, shade structures, mass grading, utility systems, parking lots and access drives, buildings and structures, pedestrian improvements, landscape and irrigation, site furnishings, a playground and a path, extending from Naranja Dr. to Tangerine Rd.

Currently, two additional fields are under construction at Naranja Park.

Fred Narcaroti is a youth footall league business manager who is a part of the Oro Valley Sports Alliance. He said there is a shortage of fields for kids to play and practice on in Oro Valley.

"You have approximately 2,000 youth, just youth, now I am not talking about the adult soccer leagues. You have 2,000 youth that you are trying to spread with different sports disciplines on six soccer fields," said Narcaroti. "Let's take the two at Riverfront, the two here (at Naranja Park) and the two additional (under construction at Naranja Park). You cannot do that."

To learn more about YES on 454, click here. 

A group in opposition to Prop. 454 started a movement called ‘Ax the Tax’. According to the group’s website, Oro Valley was “founded in 1974 on the concept that residents would not have property taxes.”

A Town of Oro Valley official confirmed Oro Valley has never levied a property tax.

Jack Stinnett, a supporter of Axe the Tax, said the two fields under construction are enough for the time being. 

"The fields that they are building now will be substantial for the next several years. And then, we believe, that if there is a need for the three more  fields... then we can do it pay as you go," said Stinnett. 

Oro Valley currently has a plan in place to expand Naranja Park fields and amenities.

The current plan uses one-time revenues for one-time expenses, meaning the town is chipping away at the cost of improvements.

Under the 'pay as you go' plan, the project would take 10 to 15 years to complete.

If Prop. 454 passes, those living in Oro Valley would pay a property tax. For example, homeowners that own a home worth $250,000 would be subject to a $4.50 property tax each month for 20 years.

Stinnett said that cost is an issue for some. 

"There are many retirees and young working families in Oro Valley that will have to give up something if they pay more property tax.".  

Oro Valley’s Town Manager, Mary Jacobs, released a statement.

It reads, “Oro Valley has ended every fiscal year in the black since 2011, so we are in a strong financial position; however, a project of this magnitude, which meets the community's request, means a sizable, upfront investment of $17 million. So on November 7, Oro Valley voters will decide if that's something they want to invest in.”

Oro Valley voters will take to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 7.

To find your polling location, click here. 

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