Chandler City Council approves tentative budget, adds $29.98 million in state-provided COVID-19 relief to original budget

The city of Chandler headquarters is located in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Chandler headquarters is located in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Chandler headquarters is located in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chandler City Council voted May 28 to approve the city's tentative budget and tentative capital improvement program, with Council Members Mark Stewart and Terry Roe dissenting largely due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19.

The city's budget came in at $901,353,473, which represents a 2.8% decrease from the previous fiscal year's budget, according to city staff. But the city was thrown a curveball earlier in the week when Gov. Doug Ducey announced the city would receive $29.98 million in funding from the AZCares Fund, a fund established to allocated coronavirus aid and relief dollars to local cities and towns based on population size.


Council moved to add the $29.98 million to the tentative budget contingency to allow for spending during the May 28 meeting. With the addition of the $29.98 million contingency appropriation added by council to the budget, the budget total will be $931,336,929 for FY 2020-21.

A public hearing will be held on the budget June 11, and tax levies will be set June 25.

Other business at the May 28 council meeting:

  • Council introduced an ordinance for the annexation and initial city zoning of about 27 acres located on the southwest corner of Chandler Heights Road and 124th Street. Council also introduced an ordinance for rezoning, a preliminary development plan and a preliminary plat for an 86-lot residential subdivision located on the southwest corner of Chandler Heights Road and 124th Street.

  • Council introduced an ordinance for the annexation and initial city zoning of approximately 75 acres located on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Brooks Farm roads for the new Chandler USD high school.

  • Council adopted a resolution to execute an intergovernmental agreement with the city of Maricopa Fire Department that will allow the Chandler Fire Department to continue to provide firefighting and emergency medical training to the Maricopa Fire Department. The estimated amount the city of Maricopa will pay Chandler for training 57 firefighters is $22,800 for FY 2020-21.

  • Council adopted a resolution to execute an intergovernmental agreement between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Chandler Police Department to participate in the Central Arizona Safe Trails Task Force.

  • Council approved a resolution adopting the updated Pension Funding Policy and accepting the city’s share of assets and liabilities under the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Actuarial Valuation Report and adopting the changes to the Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Reserve Financial Policy.

  • Council approved an agreement with Ti Training LE LLC for equipment to be installed and used in the Chandler Police Department’s 2,900-square-foot, non-ballistic “shoot house” and indoor firing ranges in the amount of $314,463.

  • Council approved a project agreement with Achen Gardner Construction LLC in an amount not to exceed $733,440.95 for the rehabilitation of 30 deteriorating sewer manholes within the Chandler Municipal Airport and adjacent streets.

  • Council ratified an emergency action under the COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation to reduce liquor license renewal fees by 50%, not to assess late penalties and to extend their due date to Sept. 30, 2020.

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