Morenci to have council vacancies 2015.02.18

There's plenty of change ahead for Morenci's city government. Five council members have terms expiring this year and at least three of them have already chosen not to seek another term in office. Mayor Bill Foster's term also ends this year, leaving Ron Apger as the only elected official with a continuing term.

Councilors Jeff Bell, Brenda Spiess and Rebecca Berger have all decided they won't run again when their terms expire in November. Their terms are each for four years, expiring in November 2019.

Sean Seger and Pearl Phelps are filling unexpired terms and they will have to run again in November for two-year terms. Seger intends to appear on the ballot for re-election; a response wasn't received from Phelps.

Mayor Foster has not yet responded either. The mayor's term in office is always for two years.

In order to appear on the ballot, petitions must be filed by April 21. City clerk Michael Sessions expects to have petitions available by the end of the week.

MAY ELECTION—Morenci school district voters will face two ballot issues in the May election. Voters will be asked for the annual renewal of the school's 18-mill operational millage for non-homestead property only, and they will also see a state-wide request to increase the sales tax from 6.0 percent to 7.0 percent.

Ordinarily, Sessions said, the school vote would be handled at city hall for all district voters. However, with the state-wide issue appearing on the ballot, each governing unit will oversee its own vote.

City voters can obtain an absentee ballot by visiting city hall with photo identification.