Walmart project moving forward after special election

Walmart project moving forward after special election

YUMA, Ariz. – Officials say the new Walmart project will move forward, after a majority of the city’s residents voted in favor of two items in a special election Tuesday.

The preliminary, unofficial results of this election follow:

Proposition 405: A Referendum to Approve or Reject Ordinance O2014-15, a Rezoning Issue for Property Located at 2545 W. 8th Street.

Yes: 5,254 –  77.4 percent
No: 1,534 –  22.6 percent

Proposition 406: A Referendum to Approve or Reject Resolution R2014-23, Related to Amending the General Plan for Property Located at 2545 W. 8th Street.

Yes: 5,165 –  77.52 percent
No: 1,498 –  22.48 percent

In a release issued Tuesday night, the City said “Yes” votes serve to effectively uphold two council actions taken ahead of a proposed Walmart grocery store project in the area of 8th Street and Avenue B.

The results reflect all votes from the three polling stations and early ballots. The Yuma County Elections Board has 489 “late early” ballots and 26 provisional ballots remaining to process. Yuma County anticipates this count will be complete by Thursday. Final results will be released at that time.

Those final results will later become official once canvassed by the Yuma City Council. This action is expected at the Council’s next regular meeting, which is March 18.

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