City leaders plan to focus funding on transportation in next week’s legislature session
Jan. 4, 2018
In the upcoming Arizona Legislature session, city leaders hope to work with the state government in recognizing municipal issues that once solved will not only help the cities but also the state.
“Cities are just a continuum of the state government,” says Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat. “We need to work together.”
Carlat says in the past the sessions have been about local control. For the last few years, the Department of Revenue have received $20 million from cities as a fee for collecting the city’s revenue. A collection that, according to the Peoria mayor, cities never asked the department to do. Carlat, along with Chandler Mayor and President of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Jay Tibshraeny, hope to stop funding the department and put the highway user revenue funds toward transportation.
“We can’t let that slide,” says Tibshraeny on funding transportation. Being outside of the greater Phoenix area, transportation is something that should not be ignored, the mayors agreed.
Along with transportation, Tibshraeny would like to see funds go toward better air quality. By addressing these issues, he says, we “will move the whole state forward.”