Williams voters approve school district budget override
Matt Ryan retains seat on Coconino County Board of Supervisors
Voters passed a budget override for the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Tuesday with a convincing 55.71 percent of the total vote.
The 10 percent Maintenance and Operations (M&O) budget override has been in effect for the past 10 years.
According to WUSD officials, if taxpayers did not approve the override renewal, the district would have lost about $372,000, potentially eliminating certain educational programs, physical education classes, junior varsity athletics and staff positions.
Out of a total 1,734 votes cast, 966 were in favor of the override with 768 votes against.
Coconino County Supervisor Supervisor Matt Ryan won another term representing Williams, Munds Park and Flagstaff. Ryan won close to 64 percent of the vote defeating challenger Jack Darum.
Former Flagstaff City Councilmember Art Babbott defeated Gail Dent for the seat representing northwest Flagstaff, Fort Valley, Baderville and remote parts of western and central Coconino County.
Babbott won almost 80 percent of the vote.
Mandy Metzger, Liz Archuleta and Lena Fowler retained their seats unopposed.
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