City of Kingman Responds to Attorney General’s Opinion Regarding August 15, 2017, Sales Tax Vote



KINGMAN, Arizona – January 3, 2018 – Tuesday afternoon, January 2, 2018, Kingman City Attorney Carl Cooper received notification from the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich that the city violated the Open Meeting law when it provided inadequate notice of proposed action(s) regarding the city’s TPT rate. The letter makes it clear that all three actions taken that night by the city council are involved and identifies a process by which the city can ratify the actions taken at the August 15 meeting. Ratification of the actions means that the city council would need to hold a revote on each of the three items. The City of Kingman intends to follow the identified process.

The city council will hold a workshop next Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to discuss next year’s budget. Following that discussion, it will hold a work session to review the ordinances which the city council would need to consider. Assuming the city council agrees to have them added to the next business meeting’s agenda for formal consideration, the ordinances will be included as part of the January 16 business meeting. 

Each of the three TPT rate decisions made by the city council is important to the city. The decision that took the rate from 2.0% to 2.5% is an important element in providing basic city services to Kingman residents. Those services cannot be maintained without the rate change. The rate change from 2.5% to 3.0% provides the dedicated funding source to improve our local streets while the last .5% allows the city to adequately fund and finance its capital improvement program, especially the I-11 Interchange Project.