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Council Approves Overton Tax Rate Increase

By Elisha Dorfsmith

In a 5-2 vote the Flagstaff City Council decided tonight to increase the primary property tax rate but by less than the originally proposed 2% (the maximum allowed by law). The two dissenting votes were from Mayor Nabours and Councilmember Oravits who insisted that the tax rate should be kept flat.

The compromise tax rate increase was proposed by Councilmember Overton and it instantly received support from the majority of the Council. Overton’s proposal will increase the tax rate from 0.6917% to 0.7131%.

Councilmember Brewster argued for the tax rate increase insisting that she is a fiscal Conservative but suggesting that the City could not afford to not increase the tax rate at this time.

“The City has been very fiscally conservative.” She said.  “If not, we’d be like Stockton, California filing bankruptcy.”

Mayor Nabours disagreed saying that when property values were rising the City never reduced the tax rate but they always want to increase it when the property values go down.

“The City Should have put some money away when times were good.” He said. Adding, “The City does not have very good credibility right now in the way it taxes and spends.”

The meeting was well attended with six members of the public speaking against the tax rate increase and one person speaking in support.


  1. Nancy
    July 4, 2012 at 7:06 am

    We certainly have the right Mayor in office now, and the right councilman in Oravits. We need truth and financial honesty in our city government.

  2. July 5, 2012 at 8:46 am
  3. cal
    July 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    times are tough so we better take more from the subjects

  4. John
    July 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm
  5. John
    July 24, 2012 at 2:22 pm
  1. July 5, 2012 at 8:37 am

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