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City Council meeting preview, Aug. 3

Yuma, Ariz. – The Yuma City Council will once again consider calling for a special election giving voters the option of increasing the City's general sales tax by 0.3 percent. Amended during their last meeting, this item is scheduled for vote during the regular City Council meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, One City Plaza. 

Per the Yuma City Charter, the City must call an election to increase the transaction privilege tax rate, and the rate increase must be approved by a majority of qualified electors voting on the question. The 0.3 percent increase will be used to fund public safety (the police and fire departments) as well as road improvements.

There are several items on the motion consent agenda, usually considered and enacted with one motion. They include: 

  • The purchase of grass seed.
  • A bid award for radio and telecommunications installation services.
  • A cooperative purchase agreement of asphalt sealcoat materials.
  • The settlement of a lawsuit.
  • Modification of an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Department of Revenue.
  • Approval to pay APS to relocate its underground and overhead power lines as part of the construction of the Fleet Services Maintenance Shop.

There are two items on the resolution consent agenda:

  • A contract with the Arizona Power Authority to provide the City of Yuma with approximately one megawatt of power generated from the Hoover Dam.
  • An agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the City to construct, own, operate and maintain the Smucker Park Retention Basin.

In addition to the sales tax election issue, Council will consider two other items on the adoption of ordinances agenda:

  • 2016 amendments to the Tax Code of the City of Yuma.
  • The rezoning of property on the northwest corner of 1st Avenue and 10th Street.

There are no ordinances scheduled for introduction.

Yuma City Council meetings are open to the public, and can be viewed locally on Time Warner Cable (channel 73 for digital subscribers) and online at

Full agendas available online

Complete agendas of Yuma City Council meetings are available to members of the public at any time, online, through our City Council Meetings page. From the homepage of the City’s all-new website at, click on "Minutes, Agendas, Notices" on the left. From that page, click on "City Council" from the choices listed on the top section. From there, you can choose between upcoming Council agendas and previous Council agendas. Meeting agendas and supporting documents are published in PDF format.