Ballot Measures

PROPOSITION 410 – Coconino Community College Property Tax Override

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future supports the Coconino Community College property tax override.

This override will increase the current property tax levy, which expires after 2018, starting 2019 from approximately $2 million in tax revenue per fiscal year to approximately $3 million in tax revenue per fiscal year. The tax increase is equivalent to a $1 more per month increase for a County-defined average home value assessed at $200,000.

Over the past ten years, the state of Arizona has cut its support for Coconino Community College (CCC) from about a third of the college’s budget to about a tenth of the budget. Since the CCC budget is based on tuition, local property tax, and state funds, the college must find a way to make up for these lost state funds in order to be viable and continue to provide quality educational programs. In order to achieve this, CCC has already made major budget cuts (including cutting programs such as nursing) and raised tuition. One campus has been completely shut down and offerings have been reduced at the other campus. CCC is exceptionally stressed because its fixed tax rate, set 25 years ago, is by far the lowest in the state.

The override will allow CCC to address its budget imbalance and to reinstate some program cuts and add more workforce development, as well as put the college on a more secure financial path.

CCC provides affordable educational opportunities for Flagstaff residents – a critical component of social justice and economic prosperity, two of F3’s key goals. For all of the reasons described above, the college urgently needs the community’s support this November. We urge you to vote in favor of Proposition 410.

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Legal Initiative Description

To better serve the residents of Coconino County, shall the Coconino County Community College District be authorized to levy a secondary property tax in the amount of $3,000,000, beginning in tax year 2019, for seven years.  The incremental funding to be used to:

    • Initiate new, quality career and technical educational and training programs that prepare Coconino County students for jobs in Coconino County including related costs ; and

    • Assist Coconino County high school students with the successful transition to college and, in some cases, to successfully transfer to Arizona’s public universities including related costs; and

    • Develop new programs to support veterans’ training for civilian jobs including related costs; and

    • Develop new programs to train and re-train Coconino County workers, in conjunction with Coconino County employers and expand current job training programs including related costs; and

    • Enhance educational services throughout the entire County, including places such as Page, Tuba City, and Williams, including related costs; and

    • Encourage and support lifelong learning programs, including related costs; and

    • Support the maintenance of the College’s current programs including related costs.

This amount will be in addition to the amount of its primary property tax limit, pursuant to the authority provided in section 42-17202, Arizona Revised Statutes.

PROPOSITION 411 – Continuation of the Transit Tax

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future supports the continuation of the transit tax.

Efficient and accessible public transit is a key component of a more environmentally sustainable, socially just, and economically prosperous Flagstaff. Our local bus services, including the Mountain Line, Mountain Link, and Mountain Lift, enable local residents to reduce their use of personal automobiles and to get around efficiently even if they don’t own a car.

A yes vote on Prop 411 would ensure funding for these bus services through 2030 by continuing an existing .295% sales tax, which is set to expire in 2020. Without this source of funding, the future of Mountain Line bus services will be seriously jeopardized. Our community has come to rely on this excellent service in order to provide efficient and affordable transportation and ease congestion. Public transit in Flagstaff provides benefits to many diverse populations – permanent residents, students, and tourists all ride the bus.

We believe our local bus services are well worth the taxpayer dollars invested in them and urge you to vote yes on Proposition 411.

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Legal Initiative Description:

The City of Flagstaff currently levies a collective local transaction privilege tax rate of 0.295%, excluding sales of food as exempt by state law, and the proceeds of such tax are designated to pay for public transportation purposes, as referenced in the City Code Section 3-05-008-0800, subsections (A)(5),(7),(8),(9), (10) and as approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting to approve such tax (referred to hereafter as the “Transit Tax”) and the City Council desires to continue the Transit Tax for a period of ten years.

 PROPOSITION 412 – Courthouse Facilities

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future supports the issuance of bonds to finance the construction of a new courthouse facility.

This initiative asks the voters to approve up to a $12 million bond in order to help finance a new city courthouse facility (to be shared with Coconino County and located at the site of the former county jail on Birch Avenue and North Agassiz Street). The city and the county would split the total $40 million cost of the new project.

A new municipal courthouse and the associated parking is much-needed for the City of Flagstaff. The current courthouse, located on Beaver Street, no longer provides adequate space or parking for the city court’s needs.

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Legal Initiative Description:

Voter authorization is required to sell and issue general obligation bonds in a principal amount up to $12,000,000 and to expend funds therefrom for the purpose of design and construction of new facilities for the municipal court and prosecution staff and the City of Flagstaff desires to provide adequate court room facilities, prosecution facilities, prisoner transport and holding areas, separate circulation and movement for public, jurors, prisoners, and court staff, prosecution staff, space for all court events, as well as staff, jurors and the public and sufficient parking for all of the above.

 PROPOSITION 413 – Campaign for a Greater Buffalo Park

This citizen initiative will protect from development most of the remaining undeveloped city-owned land on McMillan Mesa and adjacent to Buffalo Park. The lands will be managed as passive park for the public to use and enjoy. If the initiative passes it means that in the future if the City Council ever wants to sell, lease, develop, or change the use of these lands it will have to first seek approval from the Flagstaff voters.  (For a map of the proposed area and further details on this initiative, visit

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future supports this initiative. McMillan Mesa is a unique, centrally-located natural area that connects to Buffalo Park and many Flagstaff neighborhoods via the Flagstaff Urban Trail System and the Arizona Trail. As the private land in the McMillan Mesa area is built out and the rest of Flagstaff grows, it’s critical that these public lands be managed as passive park for the public to use and enjoy rather than be sold for more private commercial and residential development.

Legal Initiative Description:

This initiative will preserve approximately 253 acres of city-owned real property, commonly known as “McMillan Mesa,” and approximately 47 acres of city-owned real property south of Buffalo and McPherson Parks, as public open space for a passive park. It will prevent the City from using or transferring the land for any other purpose, and requires the City of Flagstaff to leave the land in its current natural state. The initiative permits the City to use up to ten (10) acres of the property for the construction of a veterans’ services facility.

PROPOSITION 414 – Flagstaff Needs a Raise

This citizen-driven initiative would gradually raise the minimum wage in Flagstaff starting in 2017 until it reaches $15 per hour in 2021. (For more information on this initiative, visit

Friends of Flagstaff’s Future supports this initiative. Flagstaff has the highest cost of living in Arizona. Housing here is extremely expensive, while many jobs are low-wage and provide minimal (if any) benefits. The current minimum wage in Flagstaff and the rest of Arizona is $8.05 per hour – $16,744 per year for a full-time worker – which is not enough to make ends meet anywhere. Cities across the country are raising the minimum wage to a living wage of $15/hour, and Flagstaff should be among them.

Legal Initiative Description:

The minimum wage in the city of Flagstaff, Arizona shall be set to $10 per hour on July 1, 2017 and increase each January until it reaches $15 per hour on January 1, 2021. The initiative shall also gradually raise the tipped minimum wage to full minimum wage by 2026. The minimum wage shall be always at least $2 above the state minimum wage and be raised on January 1, 2022 and on January 1 of successive years by the increase in the cost of living. The city shall enforce the provisions of the Initiative.

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