Prescott City Council rejects MLK Day

August 12, 1987

United Press International

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A paid holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been rejected by the Prescott City Council.

More than 100 people showed up at Tuesday’s council meeting, with most of them voicing opposition to giving city employees a paid holiday on the third Monday in January.

Officials estimated that an additional paid holiday would cost the city $32,000.

An alternative proposal — to have the city’s King holiday on the Friday after Thanksgiving, which already is a paid holiday — was defeated on a 4-3 vote.

The King holiday has been an issue in Arizona since Gov. Evan Mecham, shortly after taking office in January, rescinded an executive order making the third Monday in January a paid state holiday.

Mecham later designated the third Sunday in January as Martin Luther King-Civil Rights Day.