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What is "Home Rule?"

What is "Home Rule" Proposition 462?

Town of Oro Valley
Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation Option

“Home Rule” Prop. 462

OV Council votes to place Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation (Home Rule Option) Prop. 462 on the ballot
At its April 18, 2018 meeting, Oro Valley Town Council approved a resolution to propose an extension of the Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or “Home Rule” Option. The question will be placed on the August 28, 2018 Primary Election ballot for voter approval. For historical context, Oro Valley voters have approved the Home Rule Option every four years since the law was implemented in 1980.

What is the Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or Prop. 462 “Home Rule” Option?

  • The State of Arizona Constitution imposes a formula-based budget spending limit on Arizona cities and towns, including the Town of Oro Valley.
  • This formula-based spending limit does not take into consideration the services and programs provided to citizens by each city or town, such as public safety, water and roadway infrastructure.
  • As an alternative to this formula-based limit, the State Constitution allows voters of a municipality to approve a Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation, otherwise known as the “Home Rule” Option.
  • The Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or “Home Rule” Option allows a city or town to adopt its own budget limits locally-based on local needs, service levels and available resources.
  • A “YES” vote on Home Rule would allow Oro Valley to continue to set its own budget spending limits locally via the budget adoption process. The local funding estimate for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 is $132.7 million.
  • A “NO” vote would limit the Town expenditures to the State-imposed formula limit, resulting in a 70% reduction in Town services, beginning in fiscal year 2019/20. Budgeted expenditures would be limited to no more than $40.1 million, which would translate into a severe reduction (nearly 70%) in Town services, which include police, parks and recreation, streets and roads maintenance, transit services, development services, and water utility services.

Did You Know?

  • The Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation Option is not an increase or decrease in tax rates. Funding estimates are based on existing income sources that the Town already receives.
  • These income sources would continue to be received by the Town under the State-imposed budget limit, but could not be spent in the full delivery of services to the community.
  • The Town of Oro Valley does not impose a local property tax.

Find Out More
Visit and click on "What is Home Rule" Prop. 62? in the rotating carousel menu, or contact Oro Valley Director of Finance Stacey Lemos at (520) 229-4700 or

Voter Information
The primary election will be held August 28, 2018. Voters may request an early mail ballot for a specific election or they may request to be placed on the Permanent Early Voting List and receive mail ballots for all elections.  The early mail ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed on or about August 1, 2018 and on or about October 10, 2018 for the General Election.

Additional info for Independent Voters (not a registered member of a recognized political party):
At the polling place, voters who are registered as Independent have the option to vote a Republican primary ballot, Democratic primary ballot, a Green Party primary ballot or a ballot that contains only the Oro Valley candidates and question.

Independent voters who are on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) were notified by the County that they must request either a party ballot (Oro Valley candidates/question will be included on the party ballot) or a ballot listing only Oro Valley candidates and question by 5:00 p.m., Friday, August 17, 2018. If you do not notify the County of your preference by the deadline, you will not receive a ballot in the mail; however, you will still be eligible to vote at your polling place on Election Day.