By Henry Twombly, Sedona Resident
(July 12, 2014)
I found that last month’s Community Connection incited a range of reactions within me from the petty to the profound. My most petty observation was that the City could have saved money by a simple black-and-white print job on regular stock paper. As petty as this is, it is symbolic of the City’s attitude and lax oversight of its expenditures – expressing the grandiose for a sophisticated image rather than the frugal for fiscal responsibility. When I noticed the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube icons on the back page, I wondered how many people really follow the City’s actions on social media, and how much money is wasted on these seemingly unnecessary communication efforts.
These discrepancies in Community Connection shows the Council playing fast and loose with the budget. Spending at City Hall is out of control, and the only way to stop it is to vote against Home Rule. To vote for Home Rule is to give the Council a blank check, which means unchecked spending. The Council will have to tax us residents more and more via Special Assessment Areas, General Obligation bonds, or a property tax. All to pay for the increased Chamber of Commerce subsidy and the overdevelopment of the City that enrichs developers and the construction industry.
We won’t get another chance to vote down Home Rule for another four years. (In my publicity pampheet article I was wrong to think the City could circumvent this law.) If we don’t vote down Home Rule this August, we are approving a resolution that allows the Council to spend excessively, as it taxes the many of us to benefit a few vested interests. If you want to impose some degree of fiscal responsibility upon the Council, please vote against Home Rule and tell your friends to do so as well