The Mohave County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to pay a $5,000 building maintenance and improvements fee to the County Supervisors Association on Tuesday morning.
Supervisor Buster Johnson, who cast the dissenting vote said, “They’re not asking for money to fix anything that’s broken or that needs to be repaired, they’re just holding our money in case something goes bad.”
Supervisors Hildy Angius and Steve Moss said they agreed with Johnson’s reasoning, but they voted to pay CSA.
“We choose to be a part of this organization,” Angius said, “and by such we agree to be part of their rules.”
“In the future we need to talk about being a part of this organization at all. It comes at a big cost,” Angius added.
In 2013, Mohave County paid annual membership dues totaling $49,474 to the CSA, according to a county document.
“The executive board of that organization had come up with a plan to get a reserve going for building maintenance and they put it out to a vote,” Angius said. “Mohave County, and I believe one other county, were opposed to that plan.”
According to the CSA website, the organization serves as “a non-partisan forum for county officials to address important issues facing local constituent, providing a mechanism to share information and to develop a proactive state and federal policy agenda.”
The CSA-owned building is in Phoenix.
Supervisor Joy Brotherton was absent.