PROP 412 SIMPLIFIED
01 / Ballots Due May 16
The Prop 412 election is an all-mail election where early ballots will be mailed to voters on April 19th, 2023. Be sure to return your ballots by mail no later than May 10th so the post office has enough time to deliver them before the May 16th deadline.
The voter registration deadline is April 17th to be eligible for the election. Register to Vote HERE.
02 / FEE INCREASE
While this proposition does not address electricity rates, it does impact the fee structure which is on top of the electricity rate structure.
The current franchise fee of 2.25% will remain the same. Tucson required a hostile addition be added to the new Franchise Agreement with a 0.75% "Community Resilience Fee" to fund Tucson's Climate Action Plan.
Keep reading to learn more about what this money will fund and how it will fundamentally transform the City of Tucson.
03 / 25yr Franchise Agreement Renewed
The current Franchise Agreement expires April of 2026. Prop 412 renews the Franchise Agreement for another 25 years.
TEP is funding the cost of the May election. Per TEP, "proceeds of the new Community Resilience Fee would be managed by a committee that includes equal representation from TEP and the City of Tucson, as outlined in the proposed franchise agreement."
Click HERE to read the proposed new Franchise Agreement.
MAIL BALLOTS BY MAY 10TH OR DROP OFF AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
Tucson City Clerk's Office
April 19th to May 15th | 8 am to 5 pm
800 E. 12th St, Tucson, AZ
Pima County Recorder
Monday-Friday | 8 am to 5 pm
240 N Stone Avenue, Tucson, AZ
Pima County Recorder
Monday-Friday | 8 am to 5 pm
6920 E Broadway Blvd, Suite D, Tucson AZ 85710 | (520) 724-4350
Renewing the city’s agreement with Tucson Electric Power (TEP) at the current fee of 2.25%
Funding Tucson’s Climate Action Plan with a 0.75% fee
Lengthy construction projects removing driving lanes from roads (Road Diets)
Permanently inhibiting access to small businesses
Reducing personal vehicles by 40% by 2050
Establishing Tucson as a 15-minute city with local travel restrictions removing personal choice
The "YES" Vote Impact
The "NO" Vote Impact
NOT renewing the city’s agreement with TEP at the current fee of 2.25% since it doesn't expire until April 2026
NOT funding Tucson’s Climate Action Plan with a 0.75% fee
NOT removing driving lanes from roads (Road Diets) with lengthy construction projects
NOT permanently inhibiting access to small businesses
NOT reducing personal vehicles by 40% by 2050
NOT establishing Tucson as a 15-minute city with local travel restrictions and removing personal choice
A new election could allow voters to be better informed about how Tucson's Climate Action plan will be implemented.
HOW TEP WILL USE THE RESILIENCY FEE
Per TEP, they will prioritize the Resiliency Fund for the following projects:
decarbonize city-owned and operated buildings and facilities;
promote distributed energy resources such as rooftop solar to provide local renewable energy and enhance energy resilience;
pursue additional local sources of renewable energy, including resource recovery and heat exchange;
promote electric vehicles via charging infrastructure expansion;
transition public agency fleets to zero-emission and net-zero-emission vehicles;
establish accessible resilience hubs across all City Wards to provide information and resources related to climate preparedness and response;
bolster City-owned and community-wide heat mitigation resources to reduce urban heat island effect and protect vulnerable individuals and communities;
deploy and maintain equitable nature-based solutions that reduce or sequester emissions, improve ecosystem health, and bolster climate resilience; and
bolster community and regional networks to improve community-wide emergency response and resource-sharing.
TEP's Proposed Rate Increase
RATE INCREASE REQUEST
TEP is requesting the Arizona Corporation Commission approve a 12% rate increase before the end of the year. The average impact to residential customers is expected to be $14.
While voters are not able to vote on this increase, it should be noted that the 12% increase is asked for by TEP in addition to the additional 0.75% new fee that will be on the Prop 412 ballot.
The total average impact between Prop 412 and the proposed TEP rate increase is expected to be about $180 per year.
TEP reports profits from the last three years as the following according to KGUN 9:
2020 - $191 million
2021 - $201 million
2022 - $217 million
TEP says they need the rate increase to "recover the cost of energy resources, technology improvements, security upgrades, and operating costs and to 'serve the increasing energy needs of our growing community.'"
PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED
To make your voice heard on the 12% TEP electricity proposed rate increase, go to the Arizona Corporation Commission's website HERE.
Please make sure to enter the company name as TEP and the docket number of E-01933A-23-0028.
To read the docket details go HERE.
TUCSON'S CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
WHAT THE NEW PROP 412 TEP TAX PROPOSED TAX FUNDS:
Following a 2020 "Climate Emergency" declaration by Mayor Tucson Romero to become a carbon-neutral city by 2030 and community-wide by 2045, Tucson recently adopted a $360 Million plan called "Tucson Resilient Together."
The plan calls for restructuring the City of Tucson with 15-Minute Cities, Road Diets, and coercive mechanisms to manipulate citizens into abandoning their personal vehicles by 2050.
ROAD DIETS REDUCE CAR LANES, OFTEN CREATING TRAFFIC CONGESTION.
Small businesses suffer as road construction often takes two or more years.
Business traffic rarely recovers as lane reductions cause a permanent inconvenience for customers.
Government Mandated Energy Demand Management
HOW DO 15-MINUTE CITIES WORK?
A 15-minute city is defined as a "community zone" boundary within a 15-minute walking distance from the center point.
Despite actual science spelled out by worldwide experts, Tucson’s Climate Action Plan has a goal of being carbon neutral in part by forcing Tucsonans to live in a 15-minute city, which means:
50% fewer personal gas-powered vehicles by 2030.
Forced biking, walking, and public transport to the grocery store and more
Hindering freedom of choice and movement
Barcelona's 15-minute city concept limits personal car vehicles only to residents or delivery services, and speed limits are a max of 6 mph. This reduced motorized traffic by 21%.
Oxford in the UK adopted an $86 fee for driving past the 15-minute filter in a personal vehicle.