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Council Places Home Rule Option on August 29, 2017, Ballot
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26 April 2017   John Heiney

Home Rule to be placed on August ballot.

PRESCOTT, AZ April 25, 2017 – 

The City of Prescott City Council has voted to place the “Home Rule” alternative expenditure limitation proposition on the August 29 ballot.  A “Yes” vote would have the effect of allowing the City of Prescott to establish its own expenditure limit each year through the budget process and public hearings.  A “NO” vote would require the City to be limited by state-imposed expenditure limit.

According to City Finance Director Mark Woodfill, the expenditure limit is the result of a 1980 statewide voter-approved initiative which intended to limit expenditures of the government.  “The expenditure limit formula ignores available resources and the significant cost increases of providing utility and streets infrastructure,” said Mr. Woodfill.  “The expenditure limit cap does not take into account changes in the demands placed on the City by the citizens and the federal government. “

By placing this item on the August 29 ballot, the City gives voters a chance to decide whether to allow the City to spend available revenues to meet expanding needs of the citizenry, and maintain local control.  

This question comes to Prescott voters every four years, and it has been passed every time since 1989.