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Resources and Research
Providing prompt and thorough responses to all inquiries from cities and towns is an important function of the League. If you need information on elections and opening meetings law, land-use and planning, finance and a wide range of other issues on governing and managing a city or town in Arizona, please contact a staff member who will be happy to assist you.

Pension Funding Policy
HB2097 from the 2018 Legislative Session requires all governing bodies (city/town council) participating in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) to establish a Pension Funding Policy and post that policy on the governing body’s (city/town council) website. Below are links to a template Pension Funding Policy created by the League as well as a guide for how to complete the template.

Proposition 203 (Medical Marijuana) Implementation Tools
View ordinances from other cities and towns.

The League organized a workgroup made up of city attorneys, Planning and Zoning staff and Intergovs to develop principles for a model ordinance to implement Proposition 203.

View the Final Rules adopted by the Department of Health Services (DHS). DHS Director Will Humble has also posted two blog entries relating to zoning provisions in the final rules and their effort to encourage dispensary applications in rural parts of the state.

View the "Compliance With Local Jurisdiction Zoning" form.

Proposition 207 Waiver Information

League Breakfast Discussion - Proposition 207 and Arizona: What We Can Learn from Oregon
Handouts and Reference Materials

Audio Recording

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2006 Report Says Cities and Towns Key to State Economic Success
(Phoenix) - A 2006 research report says the overwhelming amount of economic activity in the state occurs within incorporated cities and towns, and describes them as "the economic engines of Arizona."

The report was commissioned by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and was written by researchers at the Economic and Business Research Center, Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Read on...

Public Records and Open Meeting Law Publications

Below are links to revised April 2013 open meeting law and public records law publications compiled by the Arizona Ombudsman's Office. They reflect the 2013 legislative changes and recent case law.

Alternative Expenditure Limitation Information
Guides for Alternative Expenditure Limitation
Guides for Permanent Base Adjustment

To request a copy of the latest Alternative Expenditure Limitation Information packet, which includes the Guide for Alternative Expenditure Limitation and the Guide for Permanent Base Adjustment, please contact the League at or 602-258-5786.

"It's Budget Time" and "State Shared Revenue" Reports
It's that time of year again and to assist you with your budget endeavors the League has sent out the "It's Budget Time" and "State Shared Revenue" reports. Information about issues that affect your budgeting as well as preliminary information about state shared revenue estimates are included in those reports. If you have any questions, please contact Tom Belshe at (602) 258-5786.

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