Councilman Oravits Statement on Budget Reallocations, Partisan Politics and SB1062
I was elected to the Flagstaff City Council on a platform of economic and budgetary solutions. I have worked side by side with many in our community to offer solutions to our community’s challenges, especially our streets and infrastructure.
At times, we have worked through highly divisive and politically charged environments, even more than usual due to controversies like SB1062. The Arizona Daily Sun has chosen to contribute to the divisiveness by printing an inflammatory story identifying past contributions made by Mayor Nabours and myself. They insinuate that a past contribution somehow shows absolute support for a politician’s future actions. It’s curious that they failed to point out past contributions made to politicians that opposed SB1062, the Mayors attendance at a Flagstaff rally opposing the bill and other pertinent facts. Fanning the flames sells papers and helps promote political grandstanding and the Daily Suns apparent bias with this story should be unacceptable to Flagstaff’s residents.
I would encourage our community, state, and especially the media to rise above these divisive issues and do what’s best for all of us. I will work hard to do the same going forward. I especially ask our Legislature to focus on growing our economy, education, working on our infrastructure and other important issues state wide while toning down some of the more controversial issues, like SB1062
Despite all the partisan arguing currently going on at the state and national level, I believe we in Flagstaff can all agree that fixing our streets and growing our economy is something we all want to see progress on.
City staff has identified a significant budgetary challenge to council and asked for guidance from us. We took a step towards solving that challenge recently when I gained support from three of my colleagues, Mayor Nabours and Councilors Woodson and Brewster and gave staff the advice they sought. Staff was directed to find reallocations within our existing budget in the amount of 1%, about $600,000, and shift these funds to our streets and other core services.
I’m happy to see a majority of Council come together with non-partisan support to address our local budgetary challenges. It’s refreshing to see this in today’s politically charged atmosphere.
Let’s all challenge ourselves to try and stay above the divisive politics, grandstanding and unfortunate fanning of those flames by politicians as well as by local and national media. Let’s come together and do what’s best for Flagstaff’s future.