Phoenix will not take its football and go home.
Instead of leaving the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, as it threatened several weeks ago, the City Council has agreed to pay its membership dues for another year, preserving a key opportunity for the state’s largest city to work with its neighbors.
That’s good news. But the 5-4 vote Wednesday was hardly a stamp of approval for the league, much less for Mayor Greg Stanton’s brand of regionalism, which at times asks cities to take one for the team.
Clearly, there is more work to do.
The controversy arose last month after a 5-4 vote not to pay the requested $142,250. Some council members questioned what the league had done for Phoenix, while others alleged it had purposefully withheld information on a controversial election bill.