Vote Yes on Home Rule in Sedona on August 28, 2018

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Home Rule (Alternative Expenditure Limitation}

The Arizona Constitution allows cities and towns to put Home Rule in Sedona– the Alternative Expenditure Limitation in Sedona – on the ballot so voters can determine appropriate service levels for the community.

The Home Rule vote significantly affects Sedona city services.

The Aug. 28, 2018, primary election will affect city service levels, programs, and amenities.

The video below is a short presentation by Sedona's City Manager, Justin Clifton in a group forum for the purpose of education of the public about what Home Rule is and what the election on August 28 means.

A Crash Course in Sedona Civics:

Why I decided to Vote Yes on Home Rule 

By Shaeri Richards, Sedona Resident as appears on 

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This extensive and well researched article is actually a "white paper" on the subject of Home Rule in Sedona. 

If you really want to learn what it is all about, read Shaeri's words. It will take 10 minutes or more, but it is worth it.  

Why The Sons of Liberty Fought the Revolutionary War

By Tommy Acosta, Sedona Resident as appears on  (click link to below) 

Tommy takes you on an adventure in the past and how it relates to our current issue in Sedona: Yes or No on Home Rule... We think you will enjoy it.  

Meals on Wheels

Yes on Home Rule will keep Meals on Wheels in the Sedona community.


Home Rule (Alternative Expenditure Limitation}

What is the Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or “Home Rule” Option?

  • The State of Arizona Constitution imposes a formula-based budget spending limit on Arizona cities and towns, including the City of Sedona.
  • This formula-based spending limit does not take into consideration the services and programs provided to citizens by each city or town, such as public safety, water and roadway infrastructure.
  • As an alternative to this formula-based limit, the State Constitution allows voters of a municipality to approve a Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation, otherwise known as the “Home Rule” Option.
  • The Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation, or “Home Rule” Option allows a city or town to adopt its own budget limits locally-based on local needs, service levels and available resources.
  • A “YES” vote on Home Rule would allow City of Sedona to continue to set its own budget spending limits locally via the budget adoption process. 
  • A “NO” vote would limit the Town expenditures to the State-imposed formula limit, resulting in a 50% reduction in Town services, beginning in fiscal year 2019/20. Budgeted expenditures would be limited to no more than $24 million.  However, if you remove exempted debt service, grants and highway funds, spending for city services would be capped at $13.5 million which would translate into a severe reduction of City services, including police, parks and recreation, streets and roads maintenance, transit services, development services, and water utility services.
  • Forecasted 2019/20 income for spending on City services is $49.5 million which includes $10 million for Transporation Improvements as part of the cities $30 million dollar "Sedona in Motion" plan to address traffic, transportation, and tourism crowding issues. 

Did You Know?

  • The Local Alternative Expenditure Limitation Option is not an increase or decrease in tax rates. Funding estimates are based on existing income sources that the City already receives.
  • These income sources would continue to be received by the City under the State-imposed budget limit, but could not be spent in the full delivery of services to the community.
  • The City of Sedona does not impose a local property tax.
  • Want to learn more about the cities planned $30 Million Dollar Transportation, Improvement projects to address traffic, transportation, and tourism crowding issues, go to 
  • And remember, the bulk of the cost of the $30 million dollar projects is being paid for by new income from the 1/2% sales tax increase of which the majority is paid by tourists, not local residents. 
  • And remember, if Home Rule is not approved  on August 28, 2018, then the city would lose the ability to use most of these funds and many of the planned projects would be stopped.

Sedona's Budgeted Expenditures vs Actual

Years 2006 to 2018

Here is the truth about actual budgeted expenditures set by the city of Sedona since 2006 comparing budgeted amounts to what was ACTUALLY SPENT. Please note how much lower the actual amounts are compared to the budgeted amounts. This demonstrates the city has consistently spent less than budgeted.   

Sedona's Budgeted Expenditures vs Actual

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Budget to Actuals FY06-FY18 File (pdf)


Additional Information

Additional Information

The Home Rule vote significantly affects Sedona city services. 

The Aug. 28, 2018, primary election will affect city service levels, programs, and amenities. 

NO VOTE What it means 

̶ Current spending levels for services and programs would be cut by roughly half beginning July 2019. 

̶ Spending would be capped at 1980 baseline levels adjusted for inflation and population. Cuts could affect basic services, capital improvements, amenities, service contracts and grants to nonprofits. 

̶ Spending would be capped at approximately $13.5 million in discretionary spending, plus $10.8 million in exempted expenditures such as existing bond payments, beginning in fiscal year 2020. 


Estimated budget impacts FY20 Estimates, rounded, in millions 


  • State-imposed expenditure limit  - $13.5 
  •  Amount exempted from state limit - 10.8 
  •  Total allowable spending under the state plan - 24.3 
  •  Sedona’s forecasted FY2019-20 spending - 49.5 
  •  Forecasted spending exceeding the state limit - 25.2 
  •  Budget cuts needed to meet the state limit 51% 


Forecasted spending detail FY20 rounded, in millions 


General Govt 

  • Parks and Recreation - 1.0 
  •  Attorney and Court - 0.8 
  •  Economic Development - 2.4 
  •  Information Technology - 1.6 
  •  Admin City Mgr, Council, Finance, HR, Clerk - 2.9 

  •  Community Development - 2.4 
  •  Public Safety - 6.8 
  •  Public Works - 3.1 
  •  Highways and Streets - 2.4 
  •  Wastewater Utility - 4.5 

 Capital improvements 

  • Stormwater Management - 0.9 
  •  Wastewater - 1.2 
  •  Sedona in Motion / TMP - 10.1  This is the start of a $35 Million + series of projects to 
  •  Other streets - 1.1 
  •  Other capital Arts, Parks, PD, Public Works - 2.5 
  •  Grants - 0.1 
  •  Debt service - 5.7



YES VOTE What it means 

̶ The city will continue to adopt a balanced budget each year as required by Arizona law (ARS Title 42), with spending restricted to available revenues and accumulated savings. 

̶ The budget will be approved and adopted by residents’ elected representatives, the Sedona City Council. 

̶ The city will be able to fully fund core services, transportation and traffic improvement projects, flood control projects, parks and recreation programs, and arts programs, and enter into service contracts with nonprofits such as the Sedona Public Library, Sedona Community Center, Sedona Recycles, Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition, Humane Society of Sedona and other groups at levels similar to current levels. 


City budgeting practices 

-Citizen committee reviews budget plans. City Council receives input, adopts balanced budget. 

-18 years: Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. - Government Finance Officers Association 

-Regular independent audits - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP 

  • Annual finance audit 
  • Annual expenditure limitation audit 
  • Annual Highway User Revenue Fund audit 
  • Triennial court procedures review 

-Bond rating is A, Standard and Poor’s. “Capacity to meet its financial commitments on obligations is strong.” 

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Why is Home Rule on the ballot? 

The Arizona Constitution allows cities and towns to put Home Rule – the Alternative Expenditure Limitation – on the ballot so voters can determine appropriate service levels for the community. 

Will my taxes decrease if I vote No on Home Rule? 

No. Your vote will not change Sedona’s sales tax rate, county property taxes or any city fees. Taxes and fees will continue to be collected. 

How has Sedona voted in the past on Home Rule? 

Sedona voters have approved Home Rule in every election but one (1994). 

What do other cities do? 

  • Statistics from the League of Arizona Cities and Towns tell us that most voters in Arizona cities approve Home Rule. Eighty-seven percent of cities and towns, as of January 2018, are operating under Home Rule or a permanent increase in their base budget. Sedona voters have approved Home Rule seven times since 1990. 


Ballot language 

Home Rule Option 

Proposal submitted by City Council of the City of Sedona 

OFFICIAL TITLE: A resolution proposing an extension of the alternative expenditure limitation (home rule option) for the City of Sedona. 

DESCRIPTIVE TITLE: Pursuant to the Arizona State Constitution, this proposal establishes an extension of the alternative expenditure limitation (home rule option) for the City of Sedona for the next four years. Annually, the City Council will determine the amount of the alternative expenditure limitation (home rule option) for the fiscal year after at least one public hearing. This alternative expenditure limitation (home rule option) replaces the state-imposed expenditure limitation. 

A "YES" vote shall have the effect of extending the alternative expenditure limitation (home rule option) for the City of Sedona. 

A "NO" vote shall have the effect of not allowing the City of Sedona to extend the alternative expenditure limitation (home rule option) and to require expenditures of the City to be limited by the state-imposed expenditure limit. 


How to vote in the Aug. 28 primary 

If you are on the Permanent Early Voter List and have not declared a party affiliation, you will have to take an additional step to receive a primary election ballot by mail. 

Watch your mail for instructions to voters from your county recorder. You can ask for a party primary ballot along with the Sedona city council candidates and alternative expenditure limitation proposal, or can choose to remain independent and receive only the city election ballot. 

Regardless of whether you have a declared party affiliation, everyone can vote in person on election day, Aug. 28, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find the polling places for your county or residence, visit the Yavapai County Recorder at or Coconino County Recorder at