Commission to hold its ‘09 meetings in Phoenix to save costs

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December 22nd, 2008

In an effort to reduce costs in the current economic climate, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission has decided to hold all of its regularly scheduled public meetings in 2009 at the Game and Fish Department headquarters in Phoenix.

The decision, made at the Dec. 6 commission meeting in Casa Grande, comes in the midst of a state budget deficit that has the commission and department taking a variety of measures to reduce costs. Game and Fish officials estimate the cost savings of this measure will be approximately $30,000 in site rental, travel and related costs.

The commission emphasized its commitment to being accessible and providing good customer service to the substantial wildlife constituent bases in other parts of the state, including Tucson, Yuma, Kingman, Flagstaff, Payson, the White Mountains and other areas.

“During these tough economic times, we are doing everything we can to reduce costs in order to continue to meet programmatic needs,” said Commission Chair Bill McLean. “However, this commission is committed to its constituents and their participation in our open meetings. We are looking into a number of options that will still allow folks to participate in these meetings – regardless of the meeting location.”

The commission currently rotates its monthly meetings (no meeting is held in July or November) among various locations throughout the state. For 2009, meetings previously scheduled for Pinetop, Flagstaff, Prescott, Casa Grande, Tucson and Yuma will now take place at the Phoenix headquarters at 5000 W. Carefree Highway.

“We fully understand that all of Arizona’s citizens have an interest in wildlife conservation, not just residents in the Metro Phoenix area, and we want people from all parts of the state to be engaged,” McLean said. “But given the budget situation we’re facing and the availability of a large meeting facility at the department headquarters, we felt this action was necessary for 2009.”

For more information on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission and a schedule of commission meetings, visit www.azgfd.gov/commission under “schedule.”

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