City Council --Sept 26th at 4 pm begins open discussion on Desert Edge
Tuesday, 26 September beginning at 4 pm the Scottsdale City Council will discuss the future of the Desert Edge project they directed to be located inside the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Watch on Channel 11 or attend in the Kiva (city hall). This is potentially the largest proposed city project since the greenbelt and the critical issues are location, funding and long-range operating and maintenance costs.
Key Challenge Questions: (1) Is this project a legal use of the Preserve? (2) Would this project violate the existing Preserve Ordinance? (3) What environmental impact would this tourist attraction use have on the animals--particularly the nocturnal cycles? (4) Is the business plan and financial projections--for this project sound? (5) Is it legal/appropriate to use Preserve Funds for this project? (6) Would the Scottsdale taxpayer be willing to support future costs for this project?
WHAT HAS THE SCOTTSDALE VOTER SUPPORTED IN THE PAST FOR THE SCOTTSDALE MCDOWELL SONORAN PRESERVE?
May 23, 1995 Proposition 400 to increase transaction privilege (sales) tax to supplement efforts to acquire Preserve land. Passed 64%/36% Voted 21%
Ballot language: Referred to the people by the city council, pursuant to article 6, section 9 of the city charter Shall the city council be authorized to increase the rate of transaction privilege and use taxes in the city by two-tenths (.2) of one percent (1%), for a period of thirty (30) years, or less, to provide funds to supplement private efforts to acquire land for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve for the purpose of maintaining scenic views, preserving plant and wildlife, and supporting our largest industry, tourism, while providing appropriate public access and passive outdoor recreational opportunities for residents and visitors?
Sept. 10, 1996 Proposition 404 to authorize the sale of bonds for the Preserve Passed 74%/26% Voted 18.01`%
OFFICIAL TITLE - Shall the city council be authorized to approve bonds to acquire land for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, to be paid only from the proceeds of the two-tenths (.2%) of one percent (1%) transaction privilege and use tax which was approved by the voters at the special election held on May 23, 1995, for the purpose of acquiring such land.
Nov. 3, 1998 Charter Question 410 relating to disposition of Preserve lands. Passed 80% to 20% Voted 45.10%
City Charter amendment relating to designation, removal of designation and disposition of Preserve lands
A “YES” vote shall have the effect of providing for the designation of preserve lands, prohibiting disposition of preserve lands and limiting the removal of the preserve designation without a vote of the qualified electors.
A “NO” vote shall have the effect of making preserve lands subject to existing legal provisions relating to real property, including those relating to sale or transfer of interests in real property.
Proposition 411 Allowing tax revenues designated for preserve land to be used within the extended Preserve boundary Passed 69.72% to 30.28%
A “YES” vote shall have the effect of allowing use of tax revenues designated to acquire preserve land to be used within the extended boundary.
A “NO” vote shall have the effect of requiring that revenues designated to acquire preserve land be used only within the original recommended study boundary
Sept. 7, 1999 Special Election
Question 1 to authorize bond sale for Preserve. Passed 77% TO 23% Voted 28.5%
Question 1 Shall the City of Scottsdale be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds of the City in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $200,000,000 to provide funds for the purpose of acquiring land for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve or refinancing obligations incurred for that purpose and to pay all necessary legal, financial consulting and other related costs and fees in connection therewith; such bonds to be issued in one or more series, maturing not more than 25 years following the date of the issuance of each series, and bearing interest at a rate or rates not higher than 12% per annum?
May 18, 2004 Runoff/Special Election
Question 1 to increase transaction privilege (sales) tax fund Preserve acquisitions Passed 54.5% to 45.5% Voted 28.91%
Shall the city of Scottsdale be authorized to impose and collect a special transaction privilege and use tax for a period of thirty (30) years at a rate equal to .15 percent (.15%) of the gross proceeds of sales or gross income from business in the city of Scottsdale to provide funds to be solely used for the general purposes of acquiring land and interests in land, and constructing improvements thereto, for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and paying related financing costs and fees in connection therewith?
Question 2 to authorize bond sale for Preserve acquisitions. Passed 58% to 42%
Shall the city of Scottsdale be authorized to issue and sell general obligation bonds of the city in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding five hundred million dollars ($500,000,000) to provide funds to be used for the purposes of acquiring land and interests in land, and constructing improvements thereto, for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, or refinancing obligations incurred for that purpose, and paying all necessary legal, financial consulting and other related costs and fees in connection therewith; such bonds to be issued in one or more series, maturing not more than thirty (30) years following the date of issuance of each such series, and bearing interest at a rate or rates not greater than ten percent (10%) per annum? This ballot proposition shall be inoperative and of no force or effect if ballot question number 1 above is not approved by a majority of the qualified electors of the city of Scottsdale voting at the election.
What are the some links where you can do your own research on this project and review some citizen group positions?