Lake Pleasant Regional Park spans the boundary between Maricopa and Yavapai County. On May 22, 1990, Maricopa and Yavapai County entered into an Intergovernmental Agreement (“IGA”) whereby the parties addressed matters of mutual concern regarding the operation of Lake Pleasant Regional Park. In the IGA, the parties acknowledged that the best interests of the citizens of both counties would be served by the management and law enforcement of a unified regional park. Consistent with the IGA, Maricopa County and the United States Department of the Interior subsequently entered into an Agreement which provides that Maricopa County retains exclusive recreational management authority within Lake Pleasant Regional Park.
Since Maricopa County was granted exclusive jurisdiction over the Park, the IGA contained an annual payment from Maricopa County to Yavapai County to cover court costs associated with cases initiated by the Maricopa County Sheriff in the Yavapai County portion of the park, because the resulting cases were to be handled by Yavapai County Courts. However, in the 2011, A.R.S. §22-301 was revised to allow Maricopa County to handle all cases initiated in the Park, thus minimizing any potential financial impact to Yavapai County.
Maricopa County has requested that the IGA between Maricopa and Yavapai County be amended to eliminate the annual fee paid by Maricopa County (retroactive to the date the applicable statute was revised), and to replace the payment of an annual fee with an obligation by Maricopa County to reimburse Yavapai County only for the actual costs incurred by Yavapai County related to Lake Pleasant cases, if any. A schedule of fees has been incorporated into the IGA amendment.