AJ Residents Will Have a Vote on New Proposed Budget Limitations

Council moves to permanently adjust 1979-80 base expenditure limits

At the Apache Junction City Council Meeting on April 3, 2018, the council unanimously approved the proposed permanent adjustment to the 1979-80 base expenditure limitation of the city. The adjustment would add $5.5 million to the original budget limitation. The figure looks ahead to possible growth opportunities, such as incorporating the water and water treatment districts into the city, as well as having funds ready if state or BLM land becomes available at auction.

In the years following incorporation in 1979, the city grew beyond its state mandated budget formula and, every four years, has been asking residents to approve an alternative expenditure limitation known as Home Rule. By Arizona law, cities must operate within a balanced budget, whether or not they are a Home Rule city. Apache Junction voters have passed the Home Rule option since 1985 and, as a result, the community has been able to choose how to spend its revenue on the services the residents demand and expect. But, if for any reason the residents failed to pass the Home Rule option, the budget would revert to the 1979-80 version, which did not include quality of life departments and services like Parks and Recreation, the Multi-Generational Center, Paws and Claws Care Center and the Library, and it would still need to cut millions from essential services in public safety and public works. By making a permanent adjustment to the 1979-80 base expenditure limitation of the city, residents will not have to pay for or participate in a vote on Home Rule every four years.

A question will be on the August 28 ballot asking voters to approve the proposed permanent adjustment: “Shall the expenditure base of the city of Apache Junction be permanently adjusted by $5,500,000.00?” For more information concerning this issue, see the city website at www.ajcity.net/442/Home-Rule.

Along with other consent agenda items, the mayor and city council unanimously approved the city’s new vision and mission statements.

The vision statement is: “Apache Junction is a diverse community of natural beauty and heritage that offers prosperity, compassion and forward-thinking to its residents, businesses and visitors.”

The mission statement is, “We will focus on and invest in quality of life and planned improvements for serving residents, businesses and visitors.”

Also covered at the April 3 meeting, was a formal recognition by Mayor Jeff Serdy and the council of the Apache Junction High School Student Council for their hard work within their school and community.

The mayor presented certificates of graduation to the graduates of the 20th Citizen Leadership Institute and also read a proclamation designating the week of April 16-20, 2018, as the Week of the Young Child.

The council voted unanimously to deny an interim permit series 12 liquor license for Pho Ever, due to the ambiguity of the information available concerning licensing and possible criminal charges.

Council members announced these events:

  • April 14 at 4:30 p.m. is the Picture Perfect Wine Tasting at Lost Dutchman State Park
  • April 15 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. will be “Positively Ghostly” (ghost stories about Apache Junction) at Flat Iron Park
  • April 24, Earth Day (and ladybug release) 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Earth Heart Park.
  • April is National Adopt A Greyhound Month!

City Council meetings are open to the public and held in chambers at 300 E. Superstition Blvd. in Apache Junction. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. Complete agendas and supporting materials are available at https://apachejunction.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx.

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