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Guest Editorial: Moving Scottsdale Forward

By Scottsdale Pinetop

It’s hard to believe that a city as beautiful and unique as Scottsdale still needs improvements. But with the growing popularity of the community from visitors and locals alike, the city has not kept pace with the crucial infrastructure improvements it needs.

This fall, Scottsdale voters may be faced with a bond request on the ballot as a way to generate $350 million which would go towards a series of projects – from improving our roads to restoring our flood control.

However, for the City Council, deciding on the exact dollar amount and process has not been so easy. Some council members believe that the best way forward is to put it to the voters and ask for a bond request. Others disagree.

Scottsdale voters have been tough to convince when voting on bonds. In 2015, voters passed only two of the six bond requests. In both 2010 and 2013, voters rejected all bond requests in the aftermath of the Great Recession. The last major bond request voters supported for city infrastructure projects was 18 years ago.

The City council is expected to continue the conversation tomorrow.

While roads and sewers may not be the most glamorous part element of government, it is an area that the City of Scottsdale must address to make the community better. It’s long past time for Scottsdale voters to stop delaying its rendezvous with reality and pay for the basics for an even better community. If votes fail to do so again it would be like dressing up for a ball only to forget underwear, bra and deodorant. They aren’t the most glamorous part of the outfit, but they are necessary just like infrastructure is for making outfits and communities function well.

  • Mike Norton

    Following on the heels of a $229 Million School Bond for Scottsdale Unified, it would be a tough sale to raise $800 Million more no matter what. But it’s actually a lot worse.

    SUSD’s disastrous financial mismanagement (let’s call a lot of it what it was – stealing), has soured voters from ever again trusting Scottsdale politicians. Mayor Jim Lane’s astonishing endorsement of then Superintendent Denise Birdwell and her Cartel was one of the worst ideas of his otherwise fairly solid career as Mayor. Why would you ever endorse a crook who’s being investigated by the AG’s office for pilfering $229M? Especially if you needed to raise more money?

    Then throw in the ongoing battle over the Preserve. The DDC/Edge threat remains real. $68M to $100M of waste that destroys the trust of voters who thought they were protecting the land – not saving it for future Development.

    Now the City wants $800M more? Seriously? Why would anyone expect voters to feel all chipper about kicking over some more taxes?

    Whether they are needed or not, voters are in no mood to hand over some more given the last three years’ financial debacles.

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