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COGS POSITION: SALES TAX AND GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND

The City of Scottsdale does NOT have a sustainable budget.  Expenses for maintenance and repair as well as the pending costs for public safety retirement will continue to exceed available amounts in the General Fund.

The Council majority has denied support for the General Plan Update in which the public has provided considerable input and that would promote sustainable development and long-range vision.

The Council majority has treated with disdain citizen pleas for Bond line item voting to add transparency, accountability and trust and, for the past 6 years, Bond votes have largely failed.

COGS believes that this City is in desperate straits with respect to repair and maintenance of facilities and infrastructure.  We believe that a new bond package is critically needed—NOW.  However, we also believe that a sales tax increase and bond package will not pass if citizen advisement and opinion is again disregarded.

Our concerns and trepidations for support of these Resolutions is great, but our love of this city and its well-being are greater.  For this reason:

Ø COGS supports Resolution 11124 which proposes increasing sales tax by 0.15% to provide funds for transportation improvement projects, capital improvement projects, and operations and related costs.

Ø COGS supports Resolution 11092 which authorizes the issuance and sale of $350,000,000 principal amount of general obligation bonds with the stipulation that the Bond items are a line item vote, grouped by topics such as Transportation, Drainage, Parks & Recreation, Parking, Office & Technology, Security, Public Safety, WestWorld, etc.  All items will not pass, but many will IF voters have true opportunity to vote their future.

Ø COGS is mindful that these two resolutions cannot sustain our needs.  Additional bonds will be required quickly IF other revenue sources are not found. We need a long term solution to sustainability of city resources, not Band-Aids.

 

 

 

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