Supervisors approve flood tax changes despite concerns from Flagstaff councilmembers

In this file photo from 2015, as part of its flood mitigation work, the county is recreating alluvial fans in the Schultz Fire burn area, using funds from the county flood control district tax. /Taylor Mahoney /Arizona Daily Sun.

By Emery Cowen | Daily Sun

Coconino County supervisors have raised taxes on Flagstaff residents even before the city council had a chance to meet with supervisors or discuss it among themselves.

According to a resolution approved by the supervisors Tuesday, properties in the cities of Flagstaff and Page and the town of Fredonia will no longer be exempt from a county flood control district tax.

The county resolution passed in spite of concerns voiced by two Flagstaff city councilmembers at the supervisors’ meeting about how quickly the county had moved to change the flood control district’s taxing structure. Although the county has been aware of the potential changes since February, the Flagstaff City Council learned about it in early May and its first opportunity to talk about the issue collectively would be Tuesday afternoon, after the supervisors had already voted, Mayor Coral Evans told the board on Tuesday morning.


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