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Expenditure Limitation Options Application

Thank you for your interest in participating in a work group to help explore the City's effort to explore expenditure limitation options ahead of the November 2020 election.

Every Arizona city or town has a state-imposed expenditure limitation, or a cap on spending, unless voters approve a separate expenditure limitation. The most common options elected are Home Rule and a Permanent Base Adjustment (PBA).

Most recently in 2018, Home Rule, which allows cities to set their annual adopted budget as the spending limit, was passed by Sedona voters. Home Rule authority is limited to four years each time it is approved by voters.

However, some cities in Arizona prefer to pass a PBA, which establishes a new base and, therefore, a new cap on spending. This can reduce and potentially eliminate the need to pass Home Rule every four years. Since a PBA replaces the state-imposed limit, it could also serve as a fallback option in the event Home Rule is pursued but not passed by the voters.

City Council identified exploring expenditure limitation options as a priority and directed staff to analyze if a PBA is a worthwhile option.

Work Group Details
Because of this, Cherie Wright, the City's Director of Finance will lead a work group of seven or so citizens with diverse backgrounds and views on spending, to evaluate the different expenditure limitation options. This evaluation will be brought to City Council for feedback in January 2020.

It's expected the work group will meet every 4 - 6 weeks starting in June 2019 for up to three hours each time. Topics that will be explored include:
  • Evaluation of expenditure limitation options and a potential PBA
  • The City's budget and accounting
  • Arizona expenditure limitation rules
  • Discussions with representatives from others cities with PBAs
  • A review of historical financial information
  • A review of future potential financial decisions

How to Apply
To ensure a balanced group of varied view points, we invite anyone who is interested in this commitment to apply by taking the following survey by May 23rd, 2019. Know that there are no right or wrong answers in this application. The City Manager Justin Clifton, Cherie Wright and Citizen Engagement Coordinator Lauren Browne will go over all of the applications to assemble a work group made up of people with diverse perspectives in time to meet in June.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Lauren at
2. Check all that apply. I am:
5. The City wants to ensure the group is balanced and brings numerous perspectives to the table. Please use the slider below to indicate the degree to which you are more concerned about the City providing as many desired programs and services as possible at reasonable costs or more concerned with limiting City programs and services as much as possible to reduce costs:

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More concerned City provides as many desired programs/services as possible at reasonable costs
somewhere in between
More concerned City limits programs and services as much as possible to reduce costs
6. Please tell us any other relevant information we should know including your experience, details about yourself, or knowledge of finance and accounting, etc. You may also upload a document if you prefer: *This question is required.