By Tommy Acosta
Sigh. How often do I have to repeat myself? Home Rule, rules!
Nobody wants to hear the phrase No Home Rule because it implies one does not have the right to rule their home.
It sits in the unconscious and messes with the concept of one’s ability to rule at home.
And then there is the word “imposed” as in State-Imposed Expenditure Limitation (SIEL).
Who the heck wants the state imposing anything on our town? For that matter, who wants anyone imposing anything upon them, period!
To impose means “to force (something unwelcome or unfamiliar) to be accepted or put in place.”
And the synonyms are even worse: foist, force, thrust, inflict, obtrude, press, urge.
The concept is distasteful to any freedom lover.
Yes, SIEL removes the council’s right to self-approve expenditures and eliminates local control over expenditures not addressed in the budget, requiring citizens to vote to approve additional expenditures.
But, so what?
SEIL is cumbersome, expensive and ties the hands of the council to timely expend money should it become necessary to do so.
Proponents of SIEL believe the City is spending money frivolously and hope to curb the city’s ability to make its own budgetary decisions by eliminating its right to do so under state-imposed limitations, forcing the council to put any additional expenditures not covered in the budget to public vote, even though the public does not vote on the city’s budget itself…a waste of time and money.
They say it’s needed to control the council and gain back citizen’s vote, but they forget they have no vote on the main budget either. They never had that right in the first place. It’s like trying to close the barn door after the horse has scat.
Even if the proponents are right about the council, the vernacular of No Home Rule negates them.
The key is to elect council members who reflect the will of the people and trust them to do the right thing. Period. No need to give up local control over our money.
No Home Rule rubs against the grain of freedom like a metallic chalk on a glass blackboard while the term Home Rule creates all kinds of fuzzy feelings when you say it or think of it.
Ah! Home Rule. Doesn’t it sound nice? Home sweet home. My home is my castle. There’s no place like home and all that jazz.
The proponents of SEIL are going to lose as the voters snuggle up to Home Rule once again.
In the opinion of the SEIL proponents the council is populated by individuals who push petty self-serving projects and keep the wool pulled over the public’s eyes.
Maybe in Washington but not here in Sedona. I can’t imagine any of our council members taking advantage of their positions.
Roll the term “State-imposed Expenditure Limitation” in your head. The word imposed should rub any self-respecting Republican or Conservative the wrong way.
Imposed? Please. The state should not have the power to impose anything on our right to local control over our budget.
Even Democrats and Liberals would find that term repulsive. Ugh!
The effort to impose State-Imposed Expenditure Limitation on the people of Sedona, will fail miserably, just like it did before.