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Understanding Home Rule

The City of Sedona does not govern the Fire & School Districts.
The Fire and School Districts encompass the city limits of Sedona and the counties of Coconino & Yavapai.
***** The Chamber is NOT part of the GOVERMENT they are a private-membership business organization ******

  • 2018 Estimated "City Taxes"
    Sales Taxes  $16,673,800
    Bed Taxes $3,977,200
    Franchise Fees  $759,400
    Contingent Bed Taxes  $550,000
    Totals  $21,960,400
  • * Only includes Taxes the City of Sedona Collects on behalf of the City. Does NOT include other city revenues.

Yavapai Sheriff Department Reports

sale tax

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"SALES TAX PAID BY VISITORS: Extension of the current Jail District sales tax to fund jail operation is preferable because it imposes less of a burden on county residents. According to studies conducted by Arizona State University in 2016, approximately 17% of the sales in Yavapai County are made to non-residents of the County. Continuing to use a sales tax to help fund the jail means non-residents pay for a significant portion of jail operations, relieving county residents of that burden. In contrast, a property tax is paid almost exclusively by Yavapai County residents. Thus, continuing the existing sales tax will actually save Yavapai County residents money."

Info Graphics Home Rule, Product Services, City of Sedona

Product Services Chart
 Product Services Chart  by City / Town 2018
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Data from Reports below
County Product Private Producet Services
County Product Services Private Product Services Chart 2018
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Data from Reports below
Actual spending vs budget
From the year 2017 the City Budget
$13,784,105 MORE per year  or $1,148,675 a Month MORE

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Homerule ProState imposed Limitation, City estimate to voters & Actual Budget by Year
$24,589,206 more the State imposed
$15,279,981 more than City estimate
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Sedona Public Library

The Sedona Public Library is NOT part of the City of Sedona.
The information is posted here to inform  the public by showing documentation on the Library.

Website: History of and Sedona Public Library is here Sedona Public Library Website
General information. Sedona Public Library gets funding through both Yavapai & Coconino County through the property taxes.

Sedona Library Overview 2016:

  1. The Sedona Public Library has an affinity group
    Friends of The Sedona Library
  2. The combined assets occurring to the 2016 Tax returns are
  3. No mortgage payments.
  4. They have 28 employees that they pay $903,480.
    Virginia Volkman
    Executive Director, salary in 2016 was $95,699
    Joel DeTar,
    president was $22,357
    page 7 of the 2016 tax return show income going to Joel DeTar
    Link to Tx Return
    Link to Jpeg page 7
    Screenshot Sedona 30
  5. They also have 140 volunteers. 
  6. The income for 2016 was $1,787,687
    Includes $393,932 gifted from the city.
  7. The Library is funded through our property taxes and
    they are NOT part of the city of Sedona.

Sedona Public Library Records Returns
The Sedona Public Library Tax returns run from June to May  

  1.  2016 Tax Returns- Sedona Public Library Inc.
  2. 2016 Tax Returns- Friends of Sedona Library  
  3. Fully executed contract Sedona Public Library FY15-17
  4. Sedona Public Library - cks by date
  5. FY18 Funding Request Received Sedona Public Library

City of Sedona Finance Original Documents

Payments City to:

  1. FY 17-18 salary schedule-approved
  2. FY 16-17 salary schedule 6.pdf
  3. Vendor Master List - 102320  (1)
  4. Vendor Master List - 102322 
  5. Vendor Master List - 102323
  6. Vendor Master List - 101559
  7. Vendor Master List - FY18
  8. Vendor Master List - FY17

Payments City to Chamber

  1. FY18 Chamber AP Report
  2. FY17 Chamber AP Report
  3. FY16 Chamber AP Report
  4. FY15 Chamber AP Report
  5. FY14 Chamber AP Report
  6. FY13 Chamber AP Report
  7. FY12 GL Detail Expenditures to  Chamber
  8. FY11 GL Detail Expenditures to  Chamber
  9. FY10 GL Detail Expenditures to  Chamber
  10. FY09 GL Detail Expenditures to  Chamber
  11. FY08 GL Detail Expenditures to  Chamber
  12. FY07 GL Detail Expenditures to  Chamber

Budgets Report of Debt

SEDONA FY2018 Budget Approved

 RESOLUTION NO. 2017- 12

FY-2017-Debt-Form City of Sedona

Education, health care & social assistance 19.9 24.5 %
Arts, entertainment, food & recreation services 11.3 13.9 %
Retail trade 10.4 12.7 %
Professional, scientific, & administrative services 7.8 9.5 %
Construction 6.8 8.3 % Other services, except public administration 4.9 6.1 %
Public administration 4.0 4.9 % Manufacturing 4.0 4.9 %
Transportation, warehousing, & utilities 3.7 4.6 %
Finance, insurance & real estate 3.7 4.6 % Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, & mining 2.3 2.8 %
Wholesale trade 1.6 1.9 % Information 1.2 1.5 %