The Arizona Republic
January 7, 2017
The framers of the Arizona Constitution were wise. They understood that for government to work well, it should be close – and accountable – to the people it serves. To enshrine the principle of local control, the framers did something for Arizona that few others states had done: firmly placing in local “charter” governments the right to make decisions of local importance. Elected mayors and city council members, they believed, were best suited to hear and understand the will of their communities.
For Arizona, local control has worked: Cities and towns all over Arizona are doing a great job. Cities are undisputed economic engines for the state of Arizona – responsible for more than 90 percent of the state’s economic activity and revenue. At the local level, mayors work hand-in-hand with businesses – large and small – to create good jobs. We deliver clean water, keep our desert preserves and parks and neighborhoods safe, and make sure trash and recycling (and even compost) is picked up on time.