Legislative Advocacy

Legislative Platform and Scorecard

The Legislative Platform provides a streamlined process through which the City Council, City Manager, City staff, and the City’s legislative advocates can act in a timely manner in response to legislative proposals. The Legislative Platform is adopted from time to time and serves as an opportunity to identify specific priority areas of interest for the City and the region, which benefit the community. The Legislative Platform is developed and maintained using legislative positions taken by the City Council, input from the City Council and City staff, research of current law and pending legislation, and discussions with local legislative staff in consultation with the City’s legislative advocates. The City's legislative advocacy efforts are grounded in the following four Guiding Principles:

  1. Preserve local control.
    Preserve and protect the City’s Charter powers, duties, and prerogatives to enact legislation and policy direction concerning local affairs and to oppose legislation that preempts local authority.
     

  2. Promote fiscal stability.
    Support measures that promote fiscal stability, predictability, and financial independence. Support measures that preserve the City’s revenue base and local control over local government budgeting. Oppose measures that shift local control and funds to the county, state, or federal governments without offsetting benefits.

  3. Support funding opportunities.
    Support opportunities that allow the city to compete for its fair share of regional, state, and federal funding. Opportunities to include competitive grants and dedicated funding streams at the regional, state, and federal levels that allow the City to maximize local revenues, offset and leverage capital expenditures, and maintain city goals and standards.
     

  4. Regional collaboration and cooperation.
    Leverage the city’s ability to preserve local control, promote fiscal stability, and support funding opportunities through collaboration with municipalities, local government agencies, special distracts, regional government agencies / organizations, and local, state, and federal elected representatives.

  Read the Legislative Platform

Previous Legislative Platforms

Legislative Scorecards

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