Maricopa City Hall

MARICOPA — Although they are tasked with different duties, the Maricopa Unified School District and the city have the same underlying goal — to improve the quality of life for all those in Maricopa. In order to collectively work toward that goal, MUSD and city council will soon have a joint meeting.

The meeting was the brainchild of Councilman Henry Wade. Wade said, as far as he knows, this is not the first time a joint meeting has occurred, but it will be the first time since he has served on council. He said he first thought of the idea after the community safety forum.

“We just want to show the community that we do work together, even though we have separate responsibilities and policies,” he said.

He said many times, residents are unsure which roles each organization holds, and this meeting will give them insight into what each governing body can and cannot do. He also said this is a good opportunity for residents to get updated on major conversations occurring within the city and the school district.

“(The community members) are the ones who are asking the questions, and this is the best way to get those answers,” he said.

Wade said the agenda for the meeting is still “fluid,” but he is certain that two items they will discuss are security and secondary property tax increases as the result of desegregation funding.

The councilman said he is pleased with the collaborative spirit everyone involved has exhibited, and he thinks this is just another step to making Maricopa a better, safer place to live, work and go to school.

“I’m very happy with the proactive approach Dr. Tracey Lopeman is taking,” he said. “There has been no push back from MUSD or the city.”

The joint meeting will be on Oct. 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

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