Council to Decide on Special Election & Discuss Other Options on Minimum Wage


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February 13, 2017

The Flagstaff City Council. Top row (left to right): Jim McCarthy, Charlie Odegaard, Eva Putzova, and Scott Overton. Bottom row (left to right): Celia Barotz, Mayor Coral Evans, Vice Mayor Jamie Whelan.

The Flagstaff City Council. Top row (left to right): Jim McCarthy, Charlie Odegaard, Eva Putzova, and Scott Overton. Bottom row (left to right): Celia Barotz, Mayor Coral Evans, Vice Mayor Jamie Whelan.

On February 14 at 6 pm, the City Council will consider two options related to the implementation of Proposition 414. The first option is to choose to hold a special election on May 16, 2017 for voters to weigh in on the Sustainable Wages Act, the proposal by Elevate Flagstaff to amend Proposition 414. F3 does not support this special election and urges you to attend the meeting or write your council members to oppose it. (See our position statement here for background information on the Sustainable Wages Act and our stance on it.)

If the council chooses to take no action on the special election item, the Sustainable Wages Act will appear on the November 2018 ballot.

The council also has the option to take no action on the ordinance that would approve a May special election and to instead direct staff to place on a future agenda the discussion and possible adoption of an ordinance that would amend Prop 414 to further its intent.

One option for such an amendment, proposed to the council by Bridging Flagstaff, is to slow down the implementation of the provision of Prop 414 that requires Flagstaff’s minimum wage be $2/hour above the state minimum wage. This would prevent the leap from to $12/hour this July that has many business owners very concerned. Bridging Flagstaff proposes that this requirement be implemented in 2020. F3 would be willing to consider this type of proposal and will be interested to hear the council discussion on it.

You can view this City Council agenda item here and live stream the meeting (6 pm on 2/14/17) here.