MARICOPA — The City of Maricopa will have a voice on one a key board at the Arizona League of Cities and Towns.
Vice Mayor Marvin Brown has been appointed to the League’s Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee, meaning he will work with his peers to present municipalities’ interests when it comes to state policy. This committee is one of five the League has.
The League aims give the municipalities a unified voice at the state level, letting legislators know what impact a piece of legislation would have at a local level.
“We don’t directly influence policy like the state legislators do, but we do have the ability to monitor and assess what they are doing,” Brown said.
Maricopa should benefit from having a representative on this committee, Brown said, since it will give them more insight about what financial happenings are taking place at the Capitol.
“I think Maricopa will have a voice as far as anything dealing with budget and finance,” he said. “As opposed to getting it secondhand from a lobbyist, I’ll be hearing it directly.”
Some of the topics this committee oversees include taxes, development incentives, budget procedures, audits, developmental impact fees and foreign trade zones. The overall theme goal is to allow the municipalities to be free to make their own financial decisions.
“We’re concerned when anything impact our ability to represent our citizens,” Brown said. “Quite often, the state has come up with proposals that impact us. Anything they do to limit our abilities to raise taxes or impose policy makes it very difficult for us.”
Brown said he won’t be sure what he will prioritize until he attends his first League meeting in April, but he is excited and honored to give his city and his county a voice among the big cities.
“The League of Cities has committees for all pieces of legislation. We watch it very closely and how it impacts the various cities and towns,” Brown said. “I’m particularly concerned because we have to represent citizens in Pinal County. We don’t have the kind of strength in terms of numbers that a lot of these bigger cities have.”