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CSA Sets 2017 Priorities at Annual Legislative Summit

Flagstaff – Gila County Supervisors Tommie Martin, Michael Pastor, and John Marcanti joined county officials from across the state at the Twelfth Annual Legislative Summit of the County Supervisors Association (CSA), this week at the High Country Conference Center at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  At the event, county supervisors, representing all 15 Arizona counties, established CSA’s policy agenda for the 2017 state legislative session. 

“It was truly an honor to host this year’s Legislative Summit in Coconino County,” said CSA President and Coconino County Supervisor Mandy Metzger.  “Our work sessions were very productive and produced some meaningful legislative policy items that we believe will save taxpayer dollars and increase investment in our local roads and highways.  CSA stands ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work at the Capitol.” 

At the Summit, Arizona county supervisors unanimously agreed that the state must stop diverting county tax dollars to fund state agency obligations.  Current state law contains several problematic cost shifts and policies that create financial burdens on the local county taxpayers.  Respecting that the state will have limited capacity to address all these issues in the next state budget, county officials worked to prioritize requests to provide meaningful relief to all counties while promoting good government and proper stewardship of taxpayer resources.  To that end, county supervisors will ask the Governor and state legislature to accomplish the following in the FY2017-2018 budget:

  • Eliminate the mandated county payments to support the state operated and managed Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) - Beginning in FY2016, as a way to manage the state revenue shortfall, state law was changed to require these payments.  In FY2018, absent legislative action this mandate will cost county taxpayers approximately $11 million.
  •  Fully Restore Highway User Revenue Funds (HURF) - Since 2009, $140.6 million of county HURF has been diverted to fund state obligations.  In FY2018, absent legislative action current law would divert an additional $12 million from the county share of HURF.
“Counties are very grateful to the Governor and the legislature for their support this past legislative session; however, we hope to be able to secure ongoing relief for both general fund operations and roads,” said Gila County Supervisor and CSA President Elect Tommie Martin.  “Our counties cannot afford to continue to have our resources diverted to pay for other state agencies and programs.”  If state lawmakers do not act on CSA’s request, Gila County stands to lose approximately $278,000 in revenue that could be used to improve road conditions and provide additional resources for the county.