Council approves consolidated court agreement with Cochise County

Adam Curtis Public Affairs Press Releases

The Sierra Vista City Council approved a consolidated court agreement with Cochise County effective through June 30, 2021, in a 5-2 vote at its meeting on Thursday.

The City first entered into an intergovernmental agreement with Cochise County for court and jail services in 1990. Under the agreement approved Thursday, the City will pay $161,000 for the court services provided by the county for the next year, to include $61,000 for a part-time magistrate pro tem.

The agreement was amended this year to include a requirement that Cochise County provide the City reports with caseload, revenue, and budget information. The City’s payments to the County would be tied to receiving the information. 

Council Member William Benning motioned to table the item until Thursday, Aug. 13, because he said the City had still not received all the data it has requested from Cochise County regarding details on court revenues and expenses. That motion failed 3-4, with Council Members Sarah Pacheco and Kristine Wolfe joining Benning to vote in favor.

The agreement passed 5-2, with Wolfe and Benning casting the two votes against its adoption.

In other business:

  • The City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Final Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget in the amount of $86,748,629, which is unchanged from the Tentative Budget adoption. The Council is scheduled to set the FY 2020/21 property tax levy at its meeting on Thursday, Aug. 13. The tax rate is set to decrease from $0.1124 to $0.1106 per $100 of assessed valuation. The overall property tax revenue estimate at this rate equal $372,034.
  • The City Council unanimously approved amendments to the City’s manufactured home park development standards that allow for larger units per lot.

Details on these council items are available in the supporting documents for the Thursday, July 23, City Council meeting. An audio recording of the meeting is also available with the supporting the documents. They can be accessed via the City’s document server at

City Council meetings can be streamed live and past meetings can be viewed on YouTube. The meetings are also aired on Cox Channel 12. Learn more at