In 1980, Arizona voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting local government spending to 1979-80 amounts adjusted for annual growth in population and inflation. This constitutional amendment included provisions for obtaining voter approval to exceed those limits. Since 1980, Phoenix has had nine home rule options approved by the voters.
Each of our prior home rule options have been thoroughly studied and recommended by task forces. Our current home rule option will expire on June 30, 2021. A proposal must be presented to the voters in the regular election of November 2020 in order to be in place by July 1, 2021.
The Task Force is charged with reviewing the revenue and expenditure forecasts prepared by City of Phoenix staff, studying the potential effects of the constitutional limit, and recommend a proposal to the Mayor and City Council for referral to the ballot. The following schedule is recommended for their work:
• November 2019 – Appointment of the Task Force
• February 2020 – Task Force meetings
• March 2020 – Task Force presents findings to the City Council in the Policy Meeting
• April 2020 – Two required public hearings
• Mid-April 2020 – Required analysis transmitted to the Auditor General
• June 2020 – Adoption of the ballot language
• August 2020 – Publicity pamphlet materials prepared
• November 3, 2020 – Election Day