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Posted on: April 17, 2020

NEW FEE FOR WATER RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION THROUGH WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT

NOTICE OF PROPOSED 

  • NEW FEE FOR WATER RESOURCES AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION THROUGH WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT; AND 
  • RESTRUCTURE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT FEE 

Pursuant to A.R.S. § 9-499.15, notice of a proposed new fee or fee increase must be posted at least 60 days prior to City Council approval or disapproval. 

The City of Flagstaff hereby gives notice it may adopt a new fee for Water Resources and Infrastructure Protection through Wildland Fire Management (“WRIP”).  The City of Flagstaff watersheds, wells, and distribution infrastructure are at risk due to annual wildfires in the area.   City staff is recommending a new fee to pay for wildland fire management services that protect our water resources and infrastructure. City water utility customers will pay this new fee.  The proposed fee is $0.52 per 1,000 gallons of water use effective August 1, 2020, and increasing by one cent to $0.53 per $1,000 gallons of water use effective July 1, 2022.

The City of Flagstaff also hereby gives notice it may adopt a restructure of the existing Environmental Management Fee (“EMF”).  This fee funds the majority of the Sustainability Section programs.  The purpose of the proposed restructure is to make the fee more equitable. The fee will change from a flat $4.00 per month per municipal utility billing statement, to a percentage based fee of the utility customer’s monthly charges for utility services (trash, recycling, water, wastewater, reclaimed water, storm water). The proposed fee will be set at $0.035 x the monthly utility service charges. Some City utility customers will see a fee decrease, while others will see a fee increase.

A written report regarding the proposed new Water Resources and Infrastructure Protection Fee, including a fee schedule and data to support the fee is attached (scroll down).  The report includes cash flow projections and anticipated revenues.

A written report regarding the proposed restructured Environmental Management Fee, including a fee schedule and data to support the fee is attached (scroll down). The report includes cash flow projections and anticipated revenues.

The City Council will be considering the proposed fees at public meetings at the following dates and times:

  • Work session:  Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Public hearing:  Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Public hearing (continued): Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.


The City Council may approve, disapprove, or modify the proposed fees. A first reading of an ordinance may occur on June 2nd, and a final reading of an ordinance to approve the fees may occur on June 16th


All public meetings will be held at City Hall, 211 W. Aspen Avenue, Flagstaff, Arizona  86001.  Due to current COVID-19 flu pandemic social distancing requirements, all public meetings are being held via the internet through the Flagstaff City website, www.flagstaff.gov. There are measures in place to allow public participation. As soon as social distancing requirements are lifted, the public may attend in person at the City Hall, Council Chambers.


Please contact Neil Chapman, Wildland Forest Health Supervisor, (928) 213-2512 for questions about the WRIP; Nicole Antonopolous, Sustainability Manager, for questions about the EMF; and Brandi Suda, Finance Director (928) 213-2217 if you have any questions about the financial analyses.

 Submitted by:  Brandi Suda

This notice is posted on the homepage of the City Website and distributed through City social media this 17th day of April, 2020.

Posted by:  Jessica Drum

Attachments/link to:

Water Resources and Infrastructure Protection through Wildland Fire Management Financial Plan and Fee Analysis Report

Environmental Management Fee Restructure Analysis Report


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