Flagstaff City Council Meeting 2/25/2014


• SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING, PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS

A future discussion on budget cuts was proposed as follows:

Mayor Nabours requested:
1. Stop funding SEDI.
2. Consider a 10% reduction to the funding of United Way; Victim Witness; and NACASA.
Councilman Oravits requested:
3. Propose a 1% reallocation of the General Fund budget, approximately $600,000 for FY2015, to bereallocated to the three identified Council priorities proportionately. As for what to cut in order to accommodate the reallocations in FY15, ask that staff bring to Council several suggestions. Staffing levels addressed through attrition may be one avenue that may accomplish the 1% goal, but open to suggestions.

Three votes were needed to move any item forward for future discussion;

1. Discussion to Stop funding SEDI, received 3 votes, Nabours, Oravits, Overton
2. 10% reduction to the funding of United Way, received 2 votes, Nabours & Oravits
10% reduction to Victim Witness & NACASA, received 1 vote, Nabours
3. Proposal by Oravits for 1% re-allocations, received 4 votes, with Oravits, Woodson, Nabours & Brewster

Thank you to Mayor Nabours, Councilor Brewster and Councilor Mark Woodson for your support.

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• PRESENTATION FROM NACET
NACET gave their annual update to Council regarding their services and the clients that have gone through their organization.

• REGIONAL PLAN OUTREACH
Information was given on the outreach process planned by staff regarding the May 20, 2014 all mail in election for the Regional Plan that Council passed unanimously (after months of compromise).

• OVERNIGHT RV CAMPING ON PRIVATE COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
We received a presentation on lifting the City’s ban on RVs parking overnight on private commercial parking lots. For example, Walmart nationwide encourages this activity. Council gave direction to look into lifting the ban. This will come back on at a future meeting.

• DISCUSSION OF WALNUT CANYON STUDY AREA
The discussion tonight was wether or not Council should take a position and recommend to Congress various options to further preserve and protect Walnut Canyon. Options included no recommendation, recommending the area continue to be managed by the forest service, increasing the area and letting National Park Service manage the area among other options. Council agreed to bring this back for further review and public input.

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JOIN ME WEDNESDAY AT 4:00PM ON THE JOE HARTING SHOW, 105.1FM.
I’ll be discussing the budget issue and my take on SB1062


3 thoughts on “Flagstaff City Council Meeting 2/25/2014

  1. I wish people would understand that when the government increases taxes, people who normally contribute to charitable groups contribute less or not at all. There is only so much revenue available. Government cannot take care of every body and every problem. Governments responsibilities are limited. People who feel passionately about certain groups and problems should find the funding privately and stop forcing others to subsidize their program preferences. I thought Mayor Nabours had a good proposal as well as that of Councilman Oravits. I am glad that Councilman Oravit’s proposal moved forward.

  2. Excellent 👊 . Congratulations – Two out of Three ain’t bad for a start. Now the real negotiations can begin.

    It sounds like an overall win, though I am disappointed the United Way funding cut did not make it to the table.

    I have never understood how anyone ever justified taxing Flagstaff residents for contribution to a charity- it seems illegal to me. Do you know how this got started? Does it continue only due to good-buddy relationships in the city or what.

    Can this be issue be brought up again for this fiscal budget? I am guessing no.

    Rich

    J. Richard Hull

    Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:03:34 +0000
    To: jrichard3@msn.com

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