KJZZ is a service of Rio Salado College,
and Maricopa Community Colleges

Copyright © 2024 KJZZ/Rio Salado College/MCCCD
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Carefree voters reject new property tax to fund fire and emergency medical services

Carefree voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a new property tax to support fire and emergency medical services.

If approved, Resolution 2022-18would have funded the transition to a regional emergency response system called Automatic Aid in the small town in northern Maricopa County. The measure was approved by the Carefree Town Council by a 6-0 vote in December.

According to early returns, 80% of residents voted against the primary property tax. Turnout for the special election was more than 65%.

The town of nearly 4,000 residents will continue its contract with Rural Metro. City officials have called this move " inadequate regional assistance during a time of need."

Senior digital editor Sky Schaudt joined KJZZ in 2015. Prior to working at KJZZ, Schaudt was a digital news editor at azcentral.com for nearly a decade.