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Federal Legislative Priorities

The 2016 Federal 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 and opportunities.

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 included opposition to unfunded mandates by any level of government that would increase costs to the City.

Flagstaff projects and legislative priorities 

  • Advocate for increased authorization and funding the Rio de Flag Flood Control Project.  Fully authorize this important community project and qualify for work plan construction funding in future years.  Funding priorities for fiscal year 2016 include completing 100 percent design, completing final elements at the Clay Avenue Detention basin and environmental cleanup and installation of rip rap at the Butler site.
  • Advocate for leveraging the voter approved Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project funding with federal dollars to maximize investments into forest health, including resources for timber sale administration; Ensure that resources and funding continue to flow to important regional projects such as the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI), NAU Ecological Restoration Institute and other important forest restoration efforts outside of the 4FRI boundaries.
  • Advocate for funding projects in the Flagstaff Airport five-year Capital Improvement Program.
  • Advocate for releasing the Federal Government’s reversionary interests on property sold to the City by the BNSF Railroad.
  • Advocate for authorizing and funding transportation improvements in Flagstaff, including priorities identified in the Regional Transportation Plan.
  • Advocate for funding and building a skilled nursing facility for veterans in Flagstaff after the initial state funding has been approved and encourage the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to prioritize the project.