By Henry Twombly, Sedona Resident
(February 9, 2015)
The most important decision the [Sedona] City Council members will make during their term will be their choice of our next city manager. I was a bit concerned about some of the wording in the brochure that the Council sent out to prospective candidates. “It is expected that the new city manager will be strong in economic development and have a high financial acumen including budgeting in a sales-tax driven environment, alternative funding mechanisms and long-term debt issuance.”
These phrases seem to be indicative of the intent and goals of this Council. Its members want to develop and diversify the economy. Instead of doing more studies and hiring a Director of Economic Development, they should be rewriting the city codes to be more friendly to small businesses; many of which have been going out of business over the past few years. Tourism is and will always be the main cash cow for Sedona. Due to this reality and the city’s limited space, diversification seems to be a pipe dream unless the Council hopes to make Sedona the next Silicon Valley. But then the problem is how to tax and collect these taxes for these in-home IT companies.