Archived Publications

The League offers many publications and is continually adding new titles. Brief descriptions of our current publications are listed below.

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Anatomy of a Council Meeting

This publication outlines the process and procedure for holding a municipal council meeting in Arizona.

Anatomy of a Council Meeting

Model City Tax Code

This publication includes the master version of the Model City Tax Code, including the choice of options by each city and town that has adopted a sales tax ordinance. Individual pages for each city and town are included listing tax rates, penalties and other information.


Arizona City & Town

This publication is the League’s biannual magazine that will focus on a broad array of city and town issues. View archived issues of Arizona City & Town.

Municipal Budget and Finance Manual

This manual includes a description of Arizona's budget law, including the constitutional restrictions on expenditures and property tax revenues. A section describes the various options available to cities and towns under the expenditure limitation and there is a brief discussion of Arizona's public deposit (investment) law.

This publication is only available to League member staff. If you would like a copy, please email us.

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Charter Government Provisions in Arizona Cities

This publication outlines the major provisions of the charters of Arizona's charter cities. View the most recent publication of Charter Government Provisions in Arizona Cities.

Municipal Election Manual

This is a "how to" manual for city and town clerks on the conduct of municipal elections. In addition to the sections on regular elections, procedures for a variety of special elections, including initiative, referendum and recall, are included.

This publication is only available to League member staff. If you would like a copy, please email us.

Connection Electronic Newsletter Cover

Connection Electronic Newsletter

This monthly publication contains the latest news happening at the League, at the Legislature, and around the State. View past Connection newsletters.

Municipal Incorporation in Arizona CoverMunicipal Incorporation in Arizona 

This manual describes the basic process of incorporation and includes a section on the pros and cons of incorporating. View the Municipal Incorporation in Arizona manual (PDF).


Council-Manager Government in Arizona

This publication provides a brief overview and history of the council manager form of government in Arizona. View the most recent publication of Council-Manager Government in Arizona (PDF).

Municipal Policy Statement 2023Municipal Policy Statement

This annual publication lists the various policy positions taken by the cities and towns of Arizona on state and federal legislative issues. View the Municipal Policy Statement (website).


Exploring Charter Government for Your City

This publication outlines the history of charters and gives an explanation of the charter adoption process. View the most recent publication of Exploring Charter Government For Your City.

FY 2024 Shared Revenue Report - Final_June_2023_Page_1State Shared Revenue

A preliminary estimate of shared revenues for each city and town is set forth in the State Shared Revenue Report. We obtained the total dollar figures on which these early estimates are based from the Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Department of Revenue (DOR).

Archived Reports

2023 Annexation Manual_FINAL_Page_01A Guide for Annexation

This publication includes a procedural guide to annexation in Arizona as well as a discussion of the legal issues surrounding the process. View the most recent publication of A Guide for Annexation (PDF).

Style Guide for Writing CoverStyle Guide for Writing

This style guide is a suggested resource for municipal employees who write for publications. It was developed to serve as a handy guide, and also to encourage consistency in publications with respect to style and word usage. It is based on references compiled from The Associated Press Stylebook (what most newspaper editors use as their editing resource), other state league style guides, and "When Words Collide: A Media Writer's Guide to Grammar and Style." It has been customized for League-specific usage. View the Style Guide (PDF).

Guide_to_Preparing_and_Adopting_Local_Laws_2023_FINAL_Page_01Guide to Preparing and Adopting Local Laws

This publication outlines the proper use of ordinances and resolutions as well as publication and notice requirements given in state law for cities and towns. View the most recent publication of the Guide to Preparing and Adopting Local Laws (PDF).

Welcome to the League Publication CoverWelcome to the League

This publication gives an overview of the services provided by the League, the organization's governing structure, how the League develops its legislative policies and the history of the League. View the Welcome to the League publication (PDF).

History of the League: 1937 to 2007 CoverHistory of the League: 1937 to 2007

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The League is pleased to announce that "History of the League: 1937-2007," a book documenting the first 70 years of the organization, is now available. Authored by former long-time League Executive Directors Jack DeBolske and Cathy Connolly, the project took more than three years to complete and highlights legislative achievements, work with notable local elected and appointed officials and organizational firsts from the last seven decades.

what_all_newly_elected_officials_coverWhat All Newly-Elected Officials Need to Know

This publication was developed for newly elected city and town officials to acquaint them with the basics of municipal government in Arizona. View the most recent publication of What All Newly-Elected Officials Need to Know (PDF).

budget_time_coverIt's Budget Time

In this publication, we have summarized the major changes in state law that affect city / town budgets. We suggest review of this special report by all persons directly involved in the budget process. View the most recent publication of It's Budget Time.

you_as_a_public_official_coverYou as a Public Official

This publication covers (in summary) the provisions of the open meeting law, conflict of interest, incompatibility of office, nepotism and financial disclosure requirements. View the most recent publication of You as a Public Official.

2023-Directory-CoverLocal Government Directory

This publication includes names and contact information for elected officials and various staff for all cities and towns in Arizona. Administrative information for all Arizona municipalities and state and federal legislator contact information are also included.

The Local Government Directory is available hard copy and as a searchable database online.

How to Order

  1. Download the order form (PDF). Type directly into the form.
  2. Print two copies. (Keep one for your records.)
  3. Send one copy of the completed order form along with your check or money order made payable to: League of Arizona Cities and Towns
    1820 W. Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
  4. Orders are processed immediately upon receipt.
  5. Call (602) 258-5786 with any questions about your order.