Summary of City Council March 19 & 20 Meetings

The Apache Junction City Council met for a work session  on Monday, March 19 and for a a regular session on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

On Monday, the council discussed an ADOT (AZ Department of Transportation) project that will include street improvements, sidewalks and bike paths on Winchester from 16th Street to Southern. The City’s share of the project is $115,341 with federal funds paying $1.9 million of the project.

The council also discussed a proposal for a budget alternative of a Permanent Base Adjustment (PBA). Public Information Officer Al Bravo reviewed Home Rule, the alternative method that has been used for many years to determine city’s budget limitation.

He explained that the state imposes a Base Expenditure Limitation based on the 1979-80 budget, the city’s being $1.5 million, and then applies a formula of population and inflation to determine each city’s budget limitation (Apache Junction is $20 million). By voting yes on Home Rule, the citizens have had the ability to increase the base, and Apache Junction has been able to field an annual budget that meets our needs. The down side to Home Rule is that it must be voted on every four years which costs the city both time and extra money.

Finance Director Donna Meinerts explained that a PBA of $7 million (as opposed to the current $1.5 million) would require a one time vote and, allowing for population and inflation growth annual increases, would allow the city to budget up to $93 million. It was noted that the move would not increase taxes or cost additional dollars since the city must provide the state with a balanced budget on an annual basis. In other words, the city can’t spend more than it brings in.

This item will be up for a vote on the April 3, 2018 agenda.

Council refined the city’s mission and visions and scheduled it for the March 19, 2018 direction to staff.

At the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, March 20, following a report on the quarterly performance of the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Information Center by Andrea Chisolm, the council voted 5-0, with Council Members Rizzi and Waldron absent, to approve the following:

  • A special event liquor license for the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley Yester Year Event to be held at Dolce Vita on April 21, 2018; (For more information see yesteryearevent.com.)
  • A new series 12 liquor license for Dirtwater Springs;
  • Continuing participation in The Arizona Metropolitan Trust employee benefits program; and
  • Rejection of bid proposals for in-offie residential and commercial plan review, counter plan review and inspector/plan reviewer training.

Council Direction to Staff:

  • Update the process for the Health and Human Services (HHS) Commission process to include review of funding requests and recommendation to the City Council by May of each fiscal year, a legal review of contracts and council consideration of funding requests to coincide with annual adoption of the city budget.
  • Create a resolution for the Adoption of the City of Apache Junction vision and mission statements for the April 3, 2018 council meeting.
  • Agenda item #10, an application for an interim permit, person transfer, individual, series12 liquor license for Pho Ever, was continued to the April 3, 2018 meeting due to concerns from the police department and the City Clerk’s office.

The next meetings will be held on April 2 and 3, 2018. 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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