Future of ASU athletics relies on Prop. 100

Imagine the Sun Devil athletic department cutting recruiting budgets, coaching positions, scholarship numbers or other measures that would make it nearly impossible for ASU to overall successfully compete in the Pac-10. That scenario will become reality if the residents of Arizona don't pass Proposition 100 on May 18th.

The ballot language of Proposition 100 states:

A "yes" vote shall have the effect of temporarily adding one cent to the transaction privilege (sales) and use tax that begins on July 1, 2010 and ends May 31, 2013 for the purpose of funding primary and secondary education, health and human services and public safety.

True, this measure isn't exclusively supporting any public school's athletic departments. Nonetheless, sports programs on both the high school and higher education level will be severely impacted if voters fail to pass this measure on May 18th.

What is important to realize is that if Proposition 100 is approved by the voters, ASU's budget will remain the same and not endure tens of millions of dollars in additional cuts. By no means is this measure designed to recoup previous losses incurred by budget cuts or pad the pockets of state employees. It is rather just to maintain a financial status quo which has been challenging to operate under in the last couple of years.

A "no" vote will lead to approximately $48 million cut from ASU's overall budget and needless to say that the school's athletic department won't be excluded from the ensuing cost cutting measures.

Finances are usually a vital ingredient for success. Hiring and retaining quality coaches, allowing staff to recruit out of the state prospect players, entertain recruits on official visits, and being able to purchase all the necessary equipment to be competitive with their Pac-10 foes are just some of the aspects that can and will be adversely impacted if this proposition doesn't pass.

Asking for taxes to be raised in our trying economic times, is as popular as a Wildcat-clad supporter sitting among a sea of Sun Devil fans. Nonetheless, if you are an Arizona resident and a supporter of one or more Sun Devil sports it would behoove you to vote "yes" on Proposition 100 on May 18th.

Your beloved ASU team(s) will never look the same if they aren't able to maintain their current budget and not suffer crippling monetary cuts that will go into effect in just a matter of months.

There are numerous reasons to vote "yes" on Proposition 100, and for many voters maintaining the financial budget of the ASU athletic department may not register as one of them.

However, if you are reading this editorial suffice to say that the maroon and gold are near and dear to your heart and that may be another reason, if not the main one, to support this measure. So please join me in voting "yes" on Proposition 100 and support the hometown Sun Devils like you always have been!

To learn more about Proposition 100 click on yeson100.com

To register to vote click here


Hod Rabino – DevilsDigest.com Publisher

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