DALLAS - Voters in Mesa, Ariz., will decide in November on a $169.2 million general obligation bond package that is less than half the size of the original $408.8 million proposal.

If the two bond questions allocating $110.9 million in proceeds to road projects and $58.3 million for public safety needs are approved, the Phoenix suburb would probably in 2009 impose its first property tax since the levy was removed in 1945. Mesa currently supports its GOs with profits from the city-owned utility system and sales tax revenues rather than by an ad valorem tax.

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