It looks like Northern Arizona Healthcare will lose the public vote on a rezone of property north of Fort Tuthill, that was planned to be a new hospital, care center and parking garage. Early results have Proposition 480 failing by an over two-to-one margin. As of Tuesday night, 8,554 voted “No” on the proposition and 3,311 voted “Yes,” or a percentage difference of 72-to-28-percent. Soon after the first numbers were posted, Northern Arizona Healthcare released a statement saying: “Northern Arizona Healthcare is disappointed that Flagstaff voters did not support Prop. 480, which would have changed the zoning on the property we own near I-17 and I-40. NAH cannot build a new hospital there without the zoning change, and NAH also cannot continue to renovate Flagstaff Medical Center.” They add, “to keep our commitment to Flagstaff and the region to provide a modern healthcare facility capable of serving our community, we are evaluating alternative locations for a new hospital.” Friends of Flagstaff’s Future also released a statement Tuesday night saying, “we were pleased to see the enormous outpouring of community involvement and remain committed to supporting our community in the next stages of this important issue.” Coconino County Elections says they received 47-hundred ballots Tuesday and will work to get them processed over the next couple of days. The results are unofficial and election officials say they will post updated numbers Thursday, with final numbers released Monday afternoon.
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