Tuesday May 28th Council Work-session.
No votes at last nights Council Work-session, just presentations and direction on a couple issues.
Tune in tomorrow to FlagMornings on 93.5FM or online. I’ll be on at about 7:30AM for a live remote (stop by) at Higher Grounds Coffee. Council-member Karla Brewster will be joining me with Charlie Hicks and Ryan Oler.
Presentation on recreational user fee’s.
This was a discussion on recreational user fees and Councils direction that the City should recoup 100% of the cost for adults and 50% for youth. There was a discussion on equity, which mainly stemmed from a discussion on the steep increases for ice time at Jay Lively compared to less increases for softball for example. The reality is that ice time for hockey and other activities cost’s a lot more and there are a lot fewer participants to absorb those increases versus softball for example that costs a lot less and has a lot more people participating. I was in the majority in giving direction to increase the fees across all activities to collect 100% for adults and 50% for youth.
Resolution on the Arizona Accord.
After some discussion, four members of Council agreed that a revised resolution be brought back to Council at a future date. I support immigration reform and I can even support a resolution encouraging our Representatives for comprehensive immigration reform. However, as written, I could not support the Arizona Accord. You can read the Arizona Accord below in its entirety.
THE ARIZONA ACCORD (IN ITS ENTIRETY)
FEDERAL SOLUTIONS Immigration is a federal policy issue between the U.S. government & other countries, not Arizona and other countries. We urge Arizona’s congressional delegation,and others, to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws and protect our national borders. We urge state leaders to adopt reasonable policies addressing immigrants in Arizona.
LAW ENFORCEMENT We respect the rule of law & support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. Local law enforcement resources should focus on criminal activities, not civil violations of federal code.
FAMILIES Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that would unnecessarily separate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all Arizona children.
ECONOMY Arizona is best served by a free-market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the economic role immigrants play as workers and taxpayers. Arizona’s immigration policies must reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business-friendly state.
A FREE SOCIETY Immigrants are integrated into communities across Arizona. We must adopt a humane approach to this reality, reflecting our unique culture, history & spirit of inclusion. The way we treat immigrants will say more about us as a free society and less aboutour immigrant neighbors. Arizona should always be a place that welcomes people of goodwill.
An update on the Pawn Tax.
This is a $3 tax per transaction that pawn and second hand shops charge that is used to fund the Police Departments efforts to curb the sale of stolen merchandise. Flagstaff Liberty Alliance reported on this issue on their blog, http://flagliberty.wordpress.com/2013/05/
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