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Under the state-imposed expenditure limitation, a city or town may only spend a certain amount of funds. This amount is determined by the state using a formula that does not consider the City’s revenues (income) or the services the City provides. The City’s spending and budget are limited by the state-imposed ceiling. Under the Home Rule Option, the city or town may determine its own expenditures based on its revenue and the needs of the community. Adopting Home Rule will not relieve the City of the requirement for a balanced budget.
2. WHY IS IT ON THE PRIMARY ELECTION BALLOT?Home Rule must be approved by the voters at a regularly scheduled election for the nomination or election of members of the City Council. The fall primary is such an election.
3. HAVE OTHER CITIES AND TOWNS AUTHORIZED HOME RULE?YES, as of 2013, 55 Arizona Cities and Towns have adopted Home Rule.
4. HAVE THE VOTERS OF TOLLESON APPROVED HOME RULE IN THE PAST?YES. The Tolleson voters approved Home Rule in 2013. It became effective in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Because of timing and the consolidation of elections by the state, Tolleson and other cities are required to approve Home Rule again at the next eligible regular election in 2016.
5. WHAT HAPPENS IF HOME RULE IS NOT CONTINUED?If Home Rule is not approved, the City of Tolleson will operate under the state-imposed expenditure limit. Under this limit, the City of Tolleson may not be able to expend all the revenues it collects to provide services such as Police, Fire, Wastewater and Water to City residents. In other words, the City will be required to cut spending even though it has the money to pay for the expenses.
The current estimated state-imposed limitation for FY2016-2017 is $4,596,478. The current FY2015-16 budget is $49,828,124. The $4,596,478 is only an estimate and subject to changes in population figures and the % change in GDP deflators.
6. DOES APPROVAL OF HOME RULE GIVE THE CITY AUTHORITY TO IMPOSE NEW TAXES?NO, approval to continue Home Rule only allows the City to spend the revenues it collects as approved in the annual budget.
HOME RULE DOES NOT CHANGE THE PROPERTY TAX OR SALES TAX THAT THE CITY CURRENTLY COLLECTS.
7. IF HOME RULE IS CONTINUED, WHAT WILL IT MEAN FOR CITY RESIDENTS?With Home Rule, City residents and the Mayor and Council will continue to decide what level of service is best for Tolleson.
Home Rule allows the City to expend the revenues it receives to provide services to residents.
Each year, the City will continue its current practice of setting its expenditure limit after citizen input through the budget and public hearing process.
Because the City is required to have a balanced budget, expenditures will be restricted by available revenues. FAQs Document
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Any questions or comments, please call Richard Rawnsley @ 623-936-7141.