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Flagstaff City Council Talked Property Tax Levy Increase, COVID Mitigation Tuesday

The Flagstaff City Council decided to post notice of a possible increase in a property tax levy at their Tuesday work session. Though Mayor Paul Deasy and Councilmember Regina Salas said that they were unlikely to support tax increases this year due to funds already available to the city, the majority of councilmembers wanted to send notice to keep the option available if they decide to increase the levy. The council also discussed their COVID-19 mitigation plan. While they agreed unanimously on using a capacity calculator for outdoor events rather than setting a hard limit of 50 people, there were contentious debates about when it wanted to lift the capacity calculator and other restrictions. Councilmember Adam Shimoni wanted to lift restrictions in May, while other members such as Austin Aslan and Jim McCarthy wanted them to remain in place until at least June or July. The Council ultimately decided to have a special meeting in two weeks to vote on further changes to the plan.

Nicholas Bratcher