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Yuma has long supported Proposition 417 on the ballot

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Proposition 417, the city of Yuma’s hospitality tax renewal, is on the ballot for the 2022 midterm elections.

Yumans have voted for this support for nearly 50 years.

Now it’s time to see if it goes through again.

Prop 417 is a special 2% tax placed on all Yuma restaurants, hotels and bars to fund parks, recreation and tourism.

This is neither a new tax nor a tax increase, but a renewal of an existing tax that expires in 2024.

And the funding goes to Yuma Parks and Recreation and Tourism.

Visit Yuma, a local tourist center, supports this proposition.

Their executive director Marcus Carney says prop 417 is great for the community.

“Saying yes to prop 417 says yes to kids, it says yes to the arts, it says yes to all the fun things going on in our city. So this is an important funding mechanism that we have to maintain all of these programs,” Carney said.

The 2% tax would permanently fund amenities around the city without burdening Yuma residents.

Several locals and visitors, like Joey Sierra, tell me they want the mainstay to stay put.

“Kids who don’t have much at home, this is a good place for them to come here. They had many hobbies; skateboarding, bmxing, rollerblading, anything a kid can do. It’s great that these parks are here for these kids and adults, too,” Sierra said.

Those who contribute to the hospitality tax are visitors to Yuma and residents who eat at local restaurants and hotels.

“Yuma goes through a national historic area, in fact, they use that fund to go out and get a national grant that they come back with and it’s a 1:1 match, and that’s to fund things like the prison, the wetlands, and the Colorado River. helps. Park,” Carney said.

All benefits of this support will be given to Yuma residents!

The tax provides funding for parks, sports fields, local arts and culture events.

Pay attention to the 417 pillar as it will be the last in all bulletins.

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