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State Legislative Priorities

The 2016 State Legislative Priorities provide a framework for the City of Flagstaff’s Intergovernmental Program. Adopted annually, these priorities are the foundation of a focused advocacy strategy and serves as a reference guide for legislative positions and objectives that provide direction for the City Council and staff throughout the year.

Advocate to Expand and Protect Local Control 

Flagstaff supports legislation that upholds and restores the principle of local government and reinforces the authority of the elected leaders of Flagstaff to respect and protect the priorities of its citizenry and respond to local challenges.

Advocate to Preserve Local Funding 

Protect existing funding and authorities that bring revenue to the City of Flagstaff, which support the quality of life for its residents.  Areas may include the protection of state-shared revenues and opposition to the imposition of new fees and unfunded mandates by any level of government that would increase costs to the City.

Flagstaff projects and legislative priorities 

  • Advocate for funding and building a skilled nursing facility for veterans in Flagstaff.
  • Advocate for investing in forest health treatments on state-owned land in the Flagstaff region.
  • Advocate for securing authority to place portions of the Red Gap Ranch Pipeline within Interstate 40 right-of-way.
  • Advocate for investing in economic development efforts in the Flagstaff region.

Statewide issues important to Flagstaff 

  • Advocate against firearm legislation that will allow guns in public facilities.
  • Advocate for reforming state pension systems to obtain greater flexibility in managing pension plans affecting municipal employees.
  • Advocate for flexible financing authority for commercial entities for upfront investment capital in energy efficiency improvements to properties. 
  • Advocate for removing the $2.5 million cap that allows the State’s Housing Trust Fund to be fully funded through unclaimed property proceeds received by the State annually.