Guest Editorial: the Month in Review

By Councilwoman Betty Janik

It has been my pleasure to serve the Scottsdale residents as a member of City Council in 2021. The first year of my term has gone by quickly. I ran to be a voice for the citizens and I will continue to listen to you, meet with you, and work for the best Scottsdale. I welcome your input. A special thanks to all who contributed to General Plan 2035, making it the citizens’ vision for Scottsdale.

Summary of the final 2 Council meetings 2021:

December 7
*Approved – financial support of National Forest Foundation programs to enhance our water supply
*Requested- begin process for City Hall Historic Preservation designation
*Direction – Old Town Scottsdale Character Area Plan: Height, density, transitions areas, commercial requirements for mixed use Rose Garden as a park. Improve appearance with street /alley cleanup and maintenance, enhanced landscaping,


December 8
* Approved – vacation rental and nuisance party code amendments Ordinance 4527 and 4528. Increase fines, remove red tape, improve enforcement ability, time limits on response from emergency contact (one hour, in person).
* Report – 20/21 finances: Strong revenues with expenditures under budget, improved balance sheet, manageable debt burden, maintained policy reserves at 10%, but will be increased to 20% (industry standard), maintained strong bond rating.

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While we may have differences of opinions on some issues, all of us value our city and are in agreement on our goal – to keep Scottsdale a special place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

I wish you all a joyous Holiday Season and the best for 2022.

Councilwoman Janik