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  8.       
Meeting Date: 10/17/2022  
From: Shannon Anderson, Senior Deputy City Manager
Department: Administration  
Co-Submitter: Corey Ringenberg, Special Assistant to County Manager

Information
TITLE:
County and City Ballot Measures
DESIRED OUTCOME:
County and City staff will share information with City Council and County Board of Supervisors about the Jail District Sales Tax and Propositions 441 and 442.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
An election will be held on November 8, 2022 to ask Coconino County voters whether to authorize an extension of the Jail District Sales Tax fo ran additional twenty-five (25) years.  There will also be Special Election to consider two propositions proposed by City Council - Proposition 441 Investing in City of Flagstaff wildfire suppression, stormwater flood mitigation, and wastewater treatment infrastructure and Proposition 442 Creating rental and homeownership opportunities for residents of Flagstaff. 
INFORMATION:
Monies from the Jail District Sales Tax will be used for maintaining and financing the County Jail and jail systems.  The tax extension will ensure the continued investment of programs and services that provide in-custody job training, life skills and education, and mental health and substance abuse programs, such as EXODUS, which provides treatment, support and education to help create healthy habits and promote a life of recovery from addiction.  One of the main objectives of EXODUS is to reduce the rate of recidivism, i.e., the number of individuals who return to jail.  The Jail District Sales Tax will aid in the transition of those exiting the County Criminal Justice System and re-entering their communities by supporting staff members who interact with local organizations.  By connecting individuals with resources, this service is aimed at reinforcing the success of in-jail programs.  The Jail District Sales Tax also supports the health and well-being of those in-custody by supporting cultural, spiritual, and religious practices and traditions.

The City's Proposition 441 identifies $57,285,000 to address infrastructure needs for the City of Flagstaff including the replacement of wildfire suppression engines and water tankers; increasing capacity of flood waters within Spruce Wash; increasing wastewater treatment capacity at wastewater treatment facilities; and implementing energy efficiency upgrades at wastewater treatment facilities.  Proposition 442 will create rental and homeownership opportunities for residents of Flagstaff investing $20,000,000 for the purpose of redeveloping City owned housing to create additional affordable rental units; repurposing existing available buildings into rental units; incentivizing the private sector to incorporate affordable rental housing into new developments; and expanding the homebuyer assistance program. Please learn more about the propositions and watch the video presentations regarding the bonds at https://www.flagstaffbonds2022.com/videos. 

Attachments
Jail District Sales Tax Presentation


    

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