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City Installs Chrysler Sign Before Approving Deal

By Elisha Dorfsmith

Before any public input and before a final vote on a special tax deal for a new Chrysler/ Dodge dealership could be passed, a strange thing happened. The City of Flagstaff erected a massive auto park sign that included the Chrysler logo.

Now, maybe I’m just not used to thinking the way government thinks but isn’t it a bit presumptuous to use taxpayer money to install a sign based on the assumption that a proposed deal will go through? Then again, maybe they know something we don’t. I suppose it’s possible that the deal has already secretly been approved. Perhaps the public comment period and final vote are simply smoke and mirrors to give the illusion that the council actually gives a damn about what we think.

Public input and a final vote will take place at the October 4th Flagstaff City Council meeting. I encourage those of you who cannot attend to contact the council by email or phone and voice your opinion on the matter.

10/03/2011 UPDATE: I just drove by the auto park sign and the Chrysler signs are covered up. Guess my blog got the attention of somebody.

10/04/2011 UPDATE: After public backlash and pressure from the citizens of Flagstaff, the council voted 4 to 3 to reject the Chrysler deal. Presler, Brewster and White voted for the deal. Overton, Evans, Babbott, and Barotz voted against it.

Did the City of Flagstaff jump the gun by including a Chrysler logo on their sign?

View from the highway.

Your tax dollars at work.

10/03/2011 UPDATE: After this blog was written, the city covered all the Chrysler signs.


  1. jeff
    September 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Does that meet the sign codes?

  2. Bill Tippett
    September 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Nice sign but who paid for it? Another subsidy for the auto dealers?

  3. Jim_AZ
    September 28, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Now I know where the F in fugly comes from.
    “Let’s mix Retro with Crappy!”

  4. September 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    More info on Public input and the upcoming vote:

    Tuesday, October 4, 5:30 at Flagstaff City Hall. City Council Agenda Item #14A.
    $384,000 Tax Incentive for Chrysler at the Auto Mall.

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