Notice of Intent to Increase Fees for Services


As specified in ARS § 15-1631 (as amended), the Arizona State Museum provides Notice of Intent to Increase Fees for Services performed pursuant to ARS Title 41, Chapter 4.1, Article 4 and § 41-865.  

Pursuant to ARS § 15-1631(E)(1), a comprehensive list of persons who have requested notification of proposed fee changes, proposed policy changes, or any other proposed changes relating to the state museum is being compiled. To register for such notification, please send an email message with your preferred contact information to ASMratesandfees@email.arizona.edu.


As specified in ARS § 15-1631 (as amended), the Arizona State Museum has posted a Draft Proposal to Increase Fees for Services performed pursuant to ARS Title 41, Chapter 4.1, Article 4 and § 41-865.

As specified in ARS § 15-1631 (as amended), the Arizona State Museum will accept public comment, from 11 February 2017 through 12 March 2017, on its Draft Proposal to Increase Fees for Services. Public comment may include written comments, comments submitted through e-mail, and oral comments.


The public comment period from 11 February 2017 through 12 March 2017 has ended.

A revised draft of the proposal to increase fees for services will be posted on this website as soon as possible. This revised draft will include a summary of and response to comments received, as well as a summary of the alternatives that were considered and a rationale for why those alternatives were not selected. Once the revised draft is posted, public comment will be accepted for at least twenty days.


As specified in ARS § 15-1631 (as amended), the Arizona State Museum has posted a Revised Draft Proposal to Increase Fees for Services performed pursuant to ARS Title 41, Chapter 4.1, Article 4 and § 41-865:

The Arizona State Museum will accept public comments on the Revised Draft Proposal from 17 April 2017 through 7 May 2017. Public comment may include written comments, comments submitted through e-mail, and oral comments.


Per ARS § 15-1631(E)(5), which requires that the Arizona State Museum (ASM) provide an opportunity for public comment for at least twenty days regarding a Revised Draft of the Proposal to Increase Fees for Services, the public comment period which closed 7 May 2017 will be extended through 18 August 2017. Public comments received between 17 April 2017 and 18 August 2017 will be considered. Public comment may include written comments, comments submitted through e-mail, and oral comments. ASM will also provide opportunities for face-to-face meetings with stakeholders during this public comment period.

Send written comments to:

Director Patrick Lyons
Arizona State Museum
University of Arizona
PO Box 210026
Tucson, AZ 85721-0026

Send email comments to:
ASMratesandfees@email.arizona.edu

Direct oral comments to:
Associate Director James Watson
(520) 621-6281 


ASM held an SB 1418 Cultural Resource Management Forum on 13 June 2017 and presented in a session at the Arizona Historic Preservation Conference on 15 June 2017. Material presented and discussed is available below:

Based on feedback from stakeholders and ASM’s desire to achieve better alignment between its business practices and the needs of stakeholders, the new proposed rate and fee structure, if adopted by the Arizona Board of Regents, will not go into effect until 1 July 2018.


ASM held an SB 1418 Cultural Resource Management Forum, hosted by the Arizona Department of Transportation, in Phoenix, AZ, on 20 July 2017. Material presented and discussed is available below:


ASM held an SB 1418 Cultural Resource Management Forum, in Flagstaff, AZ, on 3 August 2017. Material presented and discussed is available below:


ASM has posted an extended summary of comments, questions, and ASM responses offered at meetings held in Oro Valley in June of 2017.


Per ARS § 15-1631(E)(6), the Arizona State Museum has posted a Final Draft of Proposal to Increase Fees for Services. This proposal will be considered by the Arizona Board of Regents September 27-29, 2017.


At the September 27th 2017 meeting of the ABOR Business and Finance Committee, the ASM Rate and Fee Structure agenda item was tabled for further discussion. As part of the ABOR adoption process, ABOR representatives met with University of Arizona leadership to discuss constituent concerns and options prior to Committee action. The major concerns were: (a) the in-perpetuity curation costs, and (b) the need to respond to requests for formal tribal consultation.

After hearing the concerns and evaluating alternatives, and because there is remaining storage capacity within the university space currently assigned to ASM, the University of Arizona will continue to support the space allocations costs (based on UA’s RCM budget model) associated with the in-perpetuity curation of artifacts and documents until this current storage capacity is exhausted. This results in the reduction of the total in-perpetuity curation costs to $613/half box for artifacts and $66.50/inch for documents (a reduction of 59% and 69%, respectively).

UA Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations Karen Francis-Begay, ABOR General Counsel Nancy Tribbensee, and ASM Director Patrick Lyons will work together to develop protocols for formal tribal consultation related to the impact of the proposed fee structure on ASM’s role as a steward of native heritage.

We wish to notify you that the ASM Rate and Fee Structure is now scheduled for review at the November 2nd 2017 ABOR Business and Finance Committee meeting. The formal executive summary submitted to this Committee is available here. While there is no public call to the audience during Committee meetings, you are welcome to contact ABOR Business and Finance Committee Chair Ron Shoopman with your comments or to provide your input at the call to the audience at the November 16th, 2017 Board meeting. Please see the ABOR website for more information.