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Prescott Council to decide next steps after city manager’s resignation

PRESCOTT – City officials on Tuesday, June 7, will formally accept the resignation of former City Manager Craig McConnell.

The City Council members will also set direction on filling the vacancy.

McConnell resigned May 13, with an effective date of July 12. He held the position since April 2011.

Also on the agenda, the council will consider accepting a $500,000 grant from the Arizona Commerce Authority and Arizona Department of Transportation as part of a public-private partnership to construct the Corsair Connection between Corsair Avenue and Wilkinson Drive southeast of Prescott Municipal Airport.

The city’s matching funds of $140,000 will be provided through the city’s private sector partners, with the balance of the $1.4 million project coming the private sector led by Arizona Eco-Development.

The council is also expected to allocate $3.8 million from its streets and open space fund for the acquisition of open space. The funds come from a 1 percent privilege tax, which was discontinued at the end of 2015, and had been reserved for streets and open space.

During the city’s May budget workshops, the council discussed setting aside a portion of the current fund balance and including the remaining balance in future budgets until depleted.

In addition to several regular administrative actions, the council is expected to consider approval of three special event liquor licenses. They’ll hear public comment on one special event application, an in-state craft distillery license Thumb Butte Distillery and a restaurant liquor license for Far from Fulsom.

Finally, the council is scheduled to adopt a tentative $167 million budget, along with an anticipated reduction in the city’s property tax levy from 0.3047 percent to 0.3025 percent.

A public hearing on the budget is slated for June 21, with final adoption that evening.

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