Holbrook, AZ – In an effort to further educate members of the State Legislature on the revenue challenges facing Navajo County, Chairman of the Board Jesse Thompson, Supervisors Jason Whiting, Steve Williams, Dawnafe Whitesinger, and members of the Navajo County Administration team met with State Representatives from Districts 6 and 7 in Phoenix yesterday.
“We were able to sit down with members of our State Legislative delegation to discuss the revenue challenges facing Navajo County,” Chairman Jesse Thompson said. “It is crucial that our representatives at the state level, as well as members of the public, understand the unique economic challenges we are facing in Navajo County and our region.”
Members of the board in attendance gave a presentation regarding the economic challenges ahead for Navajo County, including the closure of the remaining three units at the APS Cholla Power Plant, the pending closure of the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine, the mandatory changes to court security, the potential increase to retirement plan costs, the ongoing cost of juvenile detention services, and the insecure funding of housing federal inmates. The presentation also showcased what steps have already been taken by county officials to address these issues and innovate the way services are provided.
“We continue to explore ways to find more innovative and cost-effective solutions for the delivery of statutory and constitutionally-mandated services to our citizens,” Thompson said. “Though our services may look different in their delivery moving forward, we will continue to pursue partnerships with our regional partners and strive for excellence in all we do as an organization.”
Members of the State Legislature in attendance included District 6 Senator Sylvia Allen, District 7 Senator Jamescita Peshlakai, District 6 Representatives Brenda Barton and Bob Thorpe, and District 7 Representatives Wenona Benally and Eric Descheenie.
Chairman of the Board Jesse Thompson (District II Supervisor)
District III Supervisor Jason Whiting
County Manager James Jayne
Senators and Congressional Representatives from State District 6 and 7
State Representatives took time to hear the challenges facing Navajo County Mon. afternoon
For more information:
Contact Adam Wolfe
Navajo County Communications Manager
Office: (928) 524-4165