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1/21/2014 6:00:00 AM
Kingman expects another bleak budget picture
City starts planning for next fiscal year
Senator to meet with council members
KINGMAN - Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., will meet with the Kingman City Council at 3:15 p.m. Thursday in a work session held in City Manager John Dougherty's office at City Hall.

No action will be taken at the meeting, and public comment is not listed on the agenda.

The meeting will give Mayor Janet Watson and City Council members the opportunity for in-depth discussions regarding specific issues.

Flake, who represents Mohave County in Washington, D.C., has met with constituents throughout Mohave County the past week.


Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


Correction: The original version of this article contained an incorrect date for Sen. Flake's meeting with the Kingman City Council. It has been corrected.

KINGMAN - The next fiscal year that begins July 1 could be a bumpy one for the City Council, which will set its preliminary budget calendar at today's meeting in City Hall.

According to today's agenda, the Council for the past two years has kicked off budget season with a non-action workshop held to discuss priorities and a capital improvements plan in February.

The city's final budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 must be adopted no later than June. The Council and city staff will hold a number of workshops and meetings in the next few months - with expectations that revenue could fail to meet current expenditures.

In other items of interest at today's meeting:

• The Council could go into closed executive session to discuss a proposed land purchase.

• The Council will hear a report regarding any leads that were generated when the Economic Development and Marketing Commission purchased a booth at the International Council of Shopping Centers convention in Las Vegas last May.

The City Council at its Dec. 17 meeting requested a list of contacts made at the convention.

• The City Council often appoints people who don't live inside Kingman's boundaries to serve on various volunteer boards and commissions.

The general rule is the appointee must at least reside within the Greater Kingman Area, but there is an exception.

Current Economic Development and Marketing Commissioner Mark Retersdorf recently

moved to Lake Havasu City. He moved from Kingman with his wife, whose job transferred her to Lake Havasu City.

The Council at tonight's meeting must determine if Retersdorf can remain on the commission.

City code allows for an exception to the residency requirement titled "Exceptions for Council's discretion."

There are two of them. The nonresident appointee must possess "exceptional expertise" or no qualified residents applied to fill an existing vacancy.

Staff left the decision to the City Council's discretion.

Several members of the city's boards and commissions reside outside of the city limits, but all of them live in the Kingman area.

Today's meeting gets under way at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth Street.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014
Article comment by: KAOL is Costing Us Double

If we pay $1mil for the KUSD superintendent's office does that mean we spend another $1m for KAOL office?

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Article comment by: V Stokes

"the City of Kingman and the County DO NOT pay for or fund the schools."

Sorta true...but the County does fund the Superintendents office to the tune of almost a half mil a year. Now, where exactly those funds come from, I can't quite figure out right now. May have to send a few emails on that one. As to who funds the schools...well, I know the majority of my property tax (collected by the County) is to pay for KUSD and MCC.


Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: Just A Parent

Could these busses that stop at "every house" be special needs buses? If so, they are required to pick them up infront of the childs home. Personally my children walk 3-4 blocks to get on a bus stop with about 10-15 kids, so I really am not sure what busses you are talking about. As for the after school programs, it is not just for 1 child, the bus stops are limited to the area and school so kids may have to walk up to 1 mile to get home.
For the last time, the City of Kingman and the County DO NOT pay for or fund the schools. I repeat, the City of Kingman and the County DO NOT pay for or fund the schools. All school funding is supplied by the STATE and/or grants that the schools go out and look for.
Please, Please people start researching before spouting!


Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Article comment by: interesting year

The school buses have nothing to do with the city. As far as the commission, no one should serve unless they live in Kingman or in the Kingman water district. you let one, then anyone from Bullhead, Havasu or Golden Valley would qualify. I am surprised the individual didn't resign before it got to the council. wanted to see how this turned out but council meeting was canceleed.

Posted: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Article comment by: john public

Kingman could save thousands, even hundreds of thousands of dollars by just fixing the school bus program. In the last 3 years it has been used as a ‘private shuttle program’ adding thousands of extra miles, waste of fuel and drivers salaries. Where I live the bus stops at nearly each child’s house. If the child forgot some item the bus would return and wait for the child to retrieve the item. No child walked more than 70 feet. I even saw the bus deliver children to the Industrial Ark Park. The school board refused to hear these issues. Try this Kingman and save big bucks.
Set up a few school pickup sites and times, and the children walk to these sites. If a child stays after hours at school have the parent pick them up not a bus to transport one child.
If done where I live would save 300 miles / year / bus




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