(Fountain Hills-AP) -- Fountain Hills residents rejected a
proposal calling for the town to levy a primary property tax to pay
for fire and emergency medical services.
Since 2001, these services have been funded by a sales tax,
which was increased by one-percent in April and would have been
repealed upon the passage of Proposition 400.
Town officials say that property taxes are more stable than
sales taxes, which could cause a shortfall in paying for emergency
services and force the town to dig into other funds to make up the
difference.


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