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2016 Guiding Principles

The City’s Intergovernmental Relations Program is guided by the following principles: 

The City of Flagstaff is governed by its Charter, which outlines the City’s governmental structure, identifies jurisdiction and provides enabling authority for self-rule.  Flagstaff’s City Charter and all its amendments have been voted on and approved by a majority of voters. 

  1. The City of Flagstaff strongly promotes the protection, expansion and restoration of local control for cities and may support or oppose legislation based on whether it advances maximum local control by local governments.
  2. The Flagstaff City Council adopts City-wide goals and legislative priorities.   Advancing or defending goals of the City Council and adopted legislative priorities in effect during the current legislative session does not require additional Council action.
  3. The City of Flagstaff understands it is in the public's interest to have government at all levels that is transparent, deliberative and accountable to its citizens.  The City of Flagstaff also evaluates legislative action based on the City’s ability to deliver public services, the impact to Flagstaff citizens and the financial costs to the City.
  4. The City’s membership in the League of Arizona Cities and Towns is a critical component of the Flagstaff’s advocacy strategy.  The City Council will participate in the League’s annual priority-setting process.
  5. The City of Flagstaff understands that partnerships that develop and maintain positive intergovernmental relations are essential for success and the vitality of our community.  The City supports proposed legislation brought forth by our partners that advance common goals.  Regional, state and federal partners may include*:

Regional Partners: Chamber of Commerce, Coconino County, Flagstaff Unified School District, Grand Canyon Trust, Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership, Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Northern Arizona Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority and Northern Arizona Municipal Water Users Association;

Statewide Partners: Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona State Land Department, Coconino Community College, Department of Veteran Services, Greater Arizona Mayors’ Association, League of Arizona Cities and Towns and Northern Arizona University;

National Partners: Conference of Mayors, Federal Aviation Administration, National League of Cities and Towns, National Park Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Forest Service and other federal agencies; and

Tribal Partners: Including the Hopi Nation and Navajo Nation

* This is not an exhaustive list of City of Flagstaff partners