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Eddie Maddock: Sedona Struggles to Maintain Quality of Life

SedonaEye.com Columnist Eddie S. Maddock opines on the struggle to maintain Sedona Arizona’s red rock splendor and quality of life in the face of commercialism, tourism, favoritism, and the resulting eco-unfriendly biohazards.

Sedona AZ (October 21, 2017) – With a flurry of hard core issues presently on the drawing board such as the Fire District Bond, amendments to the Sedona Community Plan which will increase land development density, and the increase of Sedona City sales tax,  maybe it has or has not been an oversight to more prominently address the current “citizen’s survey” which was mailed to a select number of Sedona City residents.

Not having personally received the survey, several outside contacts related concerns with some of the questions, which resulted in obtaining a copy of the survey via online research and which, with approval of the Editor of SedonaEye.com, is shown in a text format for informational purposes only so as NOT to be confused as an official document to be completed and mailed back to the source contracted for the research.

The results of this “citizen’s survey” may or may not have a tremendous impact on the direction of Sedona’s future. However, considerable unrest exists relating to ongoing troubling changes in the quality of life for those of us who are permanent residents and who moved here to enjoy life with a small town atmosphere.

Although difficult, this informational offering is submitted without comment or editorializing – which will not prevent me from making future comments if it does, in fact, appear on SedonaEye.

SedonaEye? Who dat?

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

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Please complete this questionnaire if you are the adult (age 18 or older) in the household who most recently had a birthday. The adult’s year of birth does not matter. Please select the response that most closely represents your opinion for each question. Your responses are anonymous and will be reported in group form only.

Please rate each of the following aspects of quality of life in Sedona:

Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Sedona as a place to live
Your neighborhood as a place to live
Sedona as a place to raise children
Sedona as a place to work
Sedona as a place to visit
Sedona as a place to retire
The overall quality of life in Sedona

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Please rate each of the following characteristics as they relate to Sedona as a whole:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Overall feeling of safety in Sedona
Overall ease of getting to the places you usually have to visit
Quality of overall natural environment in Sedona
Overall “built environment” of Sedona (including overall design, buildings, parks and transportation systems)
Health and wellness opportunities in Sedona
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Overall opportunities for education and enrichment
Overall economic health of Sedona
Sense of community
Overall image or reputation of Sedona

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Please indicate how likely or unlikely you are to do each of the following:
Very likely Somewhat likely Somewhat unlikely Very unlikely Don’t know
Recommend living in Sedona to someone who asks
Remain in Sedona for the next five years

Please rate how safe or unsafe you feel:
Very safe Somewhat safe Neither safe nor unsafe Somewhat unsafe Very unsafe Don’t know
In your neighborhood during the day
In Sedona’s downtown/commercial area during the day

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Please rate each of the following characteristics as they relate to Sedona as a whole:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Traffic flow on major streets
Ease of public parking
Ease of travel by car in Sedona
Ease of travel by public transportation in Sedona
Ease of travel by bicycle in Sedona
Ease of walking in Sedona
Availability of paths and walking trails
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Air quality
Cleanliness of Sedona
Overall appearance of Sedona
Public places where people want to spend time
Variety of housing options
Availability of affordable quality housing
Fitness opportunities (including exercise classes and paths or trails, etc.)
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Recreational opportunities
Availability of affordable quality food
Availability of affordable quality health care
Availability of preventive health services
Availability of affordable quality mental health care

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Please rate each of the following characteristics as they relate to Sedona as a whole:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Availability of affordable quality child care/preschool
K-12 education
Adult educational opportunities
Opportunities to attend cultural/arts/music activities
Opportunities to participate in religious or spiritual events and activities
Employment opportunities
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Shopping opportunities
Cost of living in Sedona
Overall quality of business and service establishments in Sedona
Vibrant downtown/commercial area
Overall quality of new development in Sedona
Opportunities to participate in social events and activities
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Opportunities to volunteer
Opportunities to participate in community matters
Openness and acceptance of the community toward people of diverse backgrounds
Neighborliness of residents in Sedona

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Please indicate whether or not you have done each of the following in the last 12 months.
No Yes
Made efforts to conserve water
Made efforts to make your home more energy efficient
Observed a code violation or other hazard in Sedona (weeds, abandoned buildings, etc.)
Household member was a victim of a crime in Sedona
Reported a crime to the police in Sedona
No Yes
Stocked supplies in preparation for an emergency
Campaigned or advocated for an issue, cause or candidate
Contacted the City of Sedona (in-person, phone, email or web) for help or information
Contacted Sedona elected officials (in-person, phone, email or web) to express your opinion

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In the last 12 months, about how many times, if at all, have you or other household members done each of the following in Sedona?
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Visited a neighborhood park or City park
Used Sedona public libraries or their services
Participated in religious or spiritual activities in Sedona
Attended a City-sponsored event
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Used bus, rail, subway or other public transportation instead of driving
Carpooled with other adults or children instead of driving alone
Walked or biked instead of driving
Volunteered your time to some group/activity in Sedona
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Participated in a club
Talked to or visited with your immediate neighbors
Done a favor for a neighbor
Used the Sedona Hub

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Thinking about local public meetings (of local elected officials like City Council or County Commissioners, advisory boards, town halls, HOA, neighborhood watch, etc.), in the last 12 months, about how many times, if at all, have you or other household members attended or watched a local public meeting?
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Attended a local public meeting
Watched (online or on television) a local public meeting

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Please rate the quality of each of the following services in Sedona:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Police/Sheriff services
Fire services
Ambulance or emergency medical services
Crime prevention
Fire prevention and education
Traffic enforcement
Street repair
Street cleaning
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Street lighting
Snow removal
Sidewalk maintenance
Traffic signal timing
Bus or transit services
Garbage collection
Recycling
Yard waste pick-up
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Storm drainage
Drinking water
Sewer services
Power (electric and/or gas) utility
Utility billing
City parks
Recreation programs or classes
Recreation facilities
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Land use, planning and zoning
Code enforcement (weeds, abandoned buildings, etc.)
Animal control
Economic development
Health services
Public library services
Public information services
Emergency preparedness (services that prepare the community for natural disasters or other emergency situations)
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Preservation of natural areas such as open space, farmlands and greenbelts
Sedona open space
City-sponsored special events
Overall customer service by Sedona employees (police, receptionists, planners, etc.)

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Overall, how would you rate the quality of the services provided by each of the following?
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
The City of Sedona
The Federal Government

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Please rate the following categories of Sedona government performance:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
The value of services for the taxes paid to Sedona
The overall direction that Sedona is taking
The job Sedona government does at welcoming citizen involvement
Overall confidence in Sedona government
Generally acting in the best interest of the community
Being honest
Treating all residents fairly

Please rate how important, if at all, you think it is for the Sedona community to focus on each of the following in the coming two years:

Essential Very important Somewhat important Not at all important
Overall feeling of safety in Sedona
Overall ease of getting to the places you usually have to visit
Quality of overall natural environment in Sedona
Overall “built environment” of Sedona (including overall design, buildings, parks and transportation systems)
Health and wellness opportunities in Sedona
Overall opportunities for education and enrichment
Overall economic health of Sedona
Sense of community

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Cities are faced with difficult choices with limited budgets. While the City is currently working on solutions to reduce traffic, please select up to two (2) additional priorities you would want the City to invest in over the next few years:
Additional cultural facilities (museums, theatres, etc.) Additional parks and facilities (playgrounds, sports facilities, etc.)
An Oak Creek park or walk Other
Increase the walkability and bikeability of Sedona None of these
Ensure housing for those who work in Sedona

Please select up to three (3) service areas for the City to contribute additional funding in order to expand existing services over the next few years:

Recycling services Arts and culture programs
Library services Social services (senior center, food banks, etc.)
Animal services Other (please specify)
Business development services None, I’m pleased with levels of service in listed areas

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Please indicate how likely or unlikely you are to use each of the following sources to learn about City issues, activities, events and services:
Very likely Somewhat likely Somewhat unlikely Very unlikely Don’t know
City website (www.sedonaaz.gov) and eNotify emails
Local newspapers (Red Rock News) and websites (www.Sedona.biz)
Local radio stations (100.1, NPR on 103.3 or 88.7, etc.)
Channel 4, the local government TV channel
City Council meetings and other public meetings
Talking with City officials and staff members
City communications via social media
Word-of-mouth

To what extent do you agree or disagree that each of the following would increase your use of a bicycle or walking as a means of alternative transportation:

I would ride a bicycle or walk more often if…
Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disgree Strongly disagree Don’t kow
There were more off-street bike, sidewalks or multi-use paths/trails
I felt safer from traffic while riding a bicycle/walking
I had better health or physical ability to do so
I do not want to use a bicycle or walk as a means of transportation

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To what extent do you support or oppose the City investing in creating sustainability policies and programs in the following areas:
Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Increasing use of alternative energy sources
Encouraging water conservation
Fostering National Forest stewardship (trails, access, etc.).
Increasing recycling services
Developing plans to meet the goal of zero waste in Sedona
Requiring higher green building and development standards

To what extent would you support or oppose the City of Sedona encouraging growth in the following types of businesses/industries?

Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Technology (i.e., life science, R&D)
Outdoor recreation
Tourism (i.e., hotels, restaurants)
Healthcare (i.e., pharmaceutical, hospital, medical offices)
Arts and Entertainment (i.e., graphic design, interior design)
Light warehousing and distribution (i.e., truck operators, stock clerks)

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Our last questions are about you and your household. Again, all of your responses to this survey are completely anonymous and will be reported in group form only.

How often, if at all, do you do each of the following, considering all of the times you could?
Never Rarely Sometimes Usually Always
Recycle at home
Purchase goods or services from a business located in Sedona
Eat at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day
Participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity
Read or watch local news (via television, paper, computer, etc.)
Vote in local elections

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Would you say that in general your health is:

Excellent

Very good

Good

Fair

Poor

What impact, if any, do you think the economy will have on your family income in the next 6 months? Do you think the impact will be:

Very positive

Somewhat positive

Neutral

Somewhat negative

Very negative

What is your employment status?

Working full time for pay

Working part time for pay

Unemployed, looking for paid work

Unemployed, not looking for paid work

Fully retired

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Do you work inside the boundaries of Sedona?

Yes, outside the home

Yes, from home

No

How many years have you lived in Sedona?

Less than 2 years

2-5 years

6-10 years

11-20 years

More than 20 years

Which best describes the building you live in?

One family house detached from any other houses

Building with two or more homes (duplex, townhome, apartment or condominium)

Mobile home

Other

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Is this house, apartment or mobile home…

Rented

Owned

About how much is your monthly housing cost for the place you live (including rent, mortgage payment, property tax, property insurance and homeowners’ association (HOA) fees)?

Less than $300 per month $1,000 to $1,499 per month
$300 to $599 per month $1,500 to $2,499 per month
$600 to $999 per month $2,500 or more per month

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Do any children 17 or under live in your household?

No

Yes

Are you or any other members of your household aged 65 or older?

No

Yes

How much do you anticipate your household’s total income before taxes will be for the current year? (Please include in your total income money from all sources for all persons living in your household.)

Less than $25,000

$25,000 to $49,999

$50,000 to $99,999

$100,000 to $149,999

$150,000 or more

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Please respond to both questions:

Are you Spanish, Hispanic or Latino?

No, not Spanish, Hispanic or Latino

Yes, I consider myself to be Spanish, Hispanic or Latino

What is your race? (Mark one or more races to indicate what race you consider yourself to be.)

American Indian or Alaskan Native

Asian, Asian Indian or Pacific Islander

Black or African American

White

Other

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In which category is your age?
18-24 years 55-64 years
25-34 years 65-74 years
35-44 years 75 years or older
45-54 years

What is your sex?

Female

Male

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Do you consider a cell phone or land line your primary telephone number?

Cell

Land line

Both

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734 Comments

  1. F.Y.I. says:

    More BS is dumped on residents from Jennifer Wesselhoff via the RRN’s “Strong tourism builds strong Sedona” article. She states “we certainly wouldn’t have 10,000 jobs in tourism…” in Sedona.

    The Arizona Commerce Authority Community Profile for SEDONA lists 5,584 for the Civilian Labor Force, some 4,416 less than Jen’s figure and not all in tourism.
    http://www.azcommerce.com/a/profiles/ViewProfile/110/Sedona/

    .The Chamber is regional and so are the figures, percentages and $$$$ amounts Jen and Steve spew. Data for the Enchantment Resort, the Hilton and others make their numbers way too high for incorporated Sedona. For example, the claim that tourism is a $600 million industry in Sedona is a fantasy.

    Jen’s statement that “I’d venture to guess that tourism is the reason that most of us are here today” is beyond the pale. Give the red rocks a break!!

  2. @FYI says:

    @FYI

    Hey if your so smart and knowledgeable why don’t you use your real name.
    Apparently the people that actually do aren’t good enough for the likes of your supierior knowledge.

    So come on…put some credibility to your so called information…
    (Deleted by editor)

  3. Gift wrapping? says:

    Hey what every happened to the Xmas gift wrapping that was going on in town…first by the Y and then in Bashas shopping center I believe.

    That was a nice service by volenteers and donated wrapping paper where you could leave money for selected organizations around sedona.
    It was great cause I hate wrapping.

    Still can’t fiqure out why people on SE hated it so much.
    However after reading the hate fueled rants and imaginary complaints here it all makes sense..

    People that do just do.
    Those that don’t complain about the doers I guess.

  4. Wanna Bet? says:

    “Thousands come to view 3-D light show” – RRNews headline 12/20/17

    As predicted, a rave review whether it’s true or not. Maybe it’s the 10,000 alleged Sedona employees that were coerced to show up for this inappropriate display in an area of true beauty. It’s been known to have happened in the past, workers instructed by their employers who to promote during local elections, including ballot issues such as Home Rule. Ya know, like do it our way or it’s the hiway via Sedona’s back door. Sweet policy, say what?

  5. steve Segner says:

    we certainly wouldn’t have 10,000 jobs in tourism
    Copyright 2017

    Nice Donna , just your facts…. ps new city tax is .5% and numbers from city are correct …..Ha, j still cooken at home? you alway complain, but you don’t follow the county or city regulations…. just for other people like you new site A Public Service Resource Platform for Information, Links, and Documentation
    We do NOT allow any commentary or opinions. other people success just kills you ….

  6. steve Segner says:

    Mrs Roger Thomas says: well roger I will trust the feed back from all the hotel guests….. you are the only NAY so far. I forget who is on FOX NEW at 8P.M. ?

  7. Blaise says:

    It wasn’t well run in past few years. Chamber’s begun its downward spiral and city involvement keeps it afloat. Step up and take it over. Build a majority of like minds.

  8. steve Segner says:

    There were thousands crowing the streets, we had to call out the Sedona Police and Arizona DPS for crowd control. We are thinking of doing it every night all year because of the inedible response. If it was not for the Chamber of Commerce Seonna would nut even exist. You residents contribute nothing, you shud thank us. All you negative people should just leave.

  9. Mary C says:

    Who names their girl Roger anyway? Talk about really wanting a boy!!

  10. West Sedona Dave says:

    Wow I am shoked that so many birds were killed!

    For all my years I thought only bats and owls flew at night?

  11. It's True says:

    The comment about how lights in darkness make birds go crazy – it is true. Birds will roost under the overhang in our back yard and if we happen to go out to the patio there and put the light on it sets them into a frenzy. They’ve even flown into the window and once one flew into the house because the sliding door was still open. The lights into the forest are definitely a bad idea and not well thought out about unintended consequences. Please folks, show a little consideration and forget the exploitation and making the mighty dollar for once. OK? PULEEZE!!

  12. @dead birds says:

    Oh boy you are really stretching it.

    Reports of dead birds?!! Lol
    There is no lie you won’t tell to further your HATE of Sedona.

    I am also sure that your hate and contempt run so deep inside you that you wouldn’t notice a bird if it landed on your head…
    Lol

  13. @Dead birds says:

    This is awful. Read some of the posts. I saw the laser light show and can’t believe the forest service permitted it. I could view this horrible show from miles away!!!!

  14. @steve Segner says:

    Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone’s reputation, and published “with fault,” meaning as a result of negligence or malice. State laws often define defamation in specific ways. Libel is a written defamation; slander is a spoken defamation.

    You sir better watch what you post!

  15. Donna Joy says:

    @Steve Segner Thank you! Wasn’t my post. As usual wrong again and again.

    Thank you so very much for bringing this to my attention!

    What a hot cool website! I like it Sedona Facts Collective! Sweet, facts

    Check out the facts Steve http://www.Sedonacity.com

    PS you should give it up and stop your crush on me. I don’t like you! You were informed fully license!!!! :)

  16. Dana Varney says:

    To Steve Segner

    All your libelous comments are recorded and documented publicly every time you post them. We have copies of them. If you continue to lie and slander the next time you hear from me will be through our attorney. This includes my wife, business or me.

    Mr. Dana Varney

    You have also been sent a email notice.

  17. @Wanna Bet says:

    Your insane and are a crazy liar….

    If Sedona could sue you for slander they should..
    You must be one unhappy SOB and a real joy to be around

  18. steve Segner says:

    Im sorry what posts. ? Please show us the libelous posts?
    I have never posted a libelous comment about Dana varney, please show us the post!!!!
    Remember it works both ways …..does Anyone see a post about Donna or Dana Varney? look at all the post above ???? Better a statement that is not true about Donna or Dana Vernay?
    , What is your wife’s business? please show us, news to me? and please show us the libelous posts.

  19. Joe T. says:

    Wow – that comment from @Wanna Bet speaks of “one unhappy SOB and a real joy to be around.” Well, the poor soul doesn’t get it this is the season to be jolly. And for him/her to be slamming the person (original Wanna Bet) on the subject of how Sedona elections work …… well, clearly the @Wanna Bet hasn’t lived here very long or maybe he/she is one of the alleged 10,000 employees who work within Sedona City Limits? The Woo Woos are alive but not necessarily well in this neck-o’the woods – that’s fer sure!!

  20. Alarmed says:

    Jennifer Wesselhoff, Chamber CEO and President, states Sedona has “10,000 jobs in tourism.” SOURCE: Strong tourism builds strong Sedona, Red Rock News. However, the Arizona Commerce Authority reports Sedona has a Labor Force of 5,584 with 10% in tourism.

    Sedona Chamber President and CEO Jennifer Wesselhoff said during the annual meeting: “Speaking of generating revenue, tourism is a $600 million industry in the Verde Valley.” SOURCE: Tourism revenue increases, September 23, 2016, Red Rock News.

    Then comes “Tourism is a $600 million industry in Sedona,” as reported by the RRN in Strong tourism builds strong Sedona.

    Who can we thank for the disinformation?

  21. Tony T says:

    Perhaps if tourism is truly a $600 million industry as stated by Jennifer Wesselhoff, tourism would help subsidize the City of Sedona instead of the city giving money to the chamber, the Hub and the Film Festival?

    Someone said “Sedona Mafia”, it appears the resident taxpayers are not in the group.

    We need new leadership in the city. Voting the mafia out is the only way.

    We can change things for the better.

  22. steve segner says:

    Who can we thank for the disinformation?
    call the city and ask? need the phone number …

  23. @Tony T says:

    The Sedona film festival is awesome..
    You should try a film sometimes instead of character assasination of everyone.

    (deleted by editor)

  24. Newcomer to sedona says:

    Boy…

    Realizing that people on Sedons Eye sure carry around a lot of hate.
    As I said before ….I looked over my property taxes and don’t see a charge for the Chamber of Commerce.

    If the money comes from Hotel Bed Tax who cares how they spend it… it has nothing to do with me and not entitled to decide how the city spends it..

    Get a grip crybaby’s and look out side how beautiful it is.

  25. @steve Segner says:

    We can BLAME you for all the BS and fake news about the city and chamber. You are being enriched by taxpayers money. Guess that speaks for its self, can’t do it on your own or is it because you are greedy?

  26. Vote NO on Homerule says:

    Make change and take your city back.

    Tell your neighbors to register to vote. Home Rule = NO rules

    without home rule the city doesn’t have enough money to fund the Chamber.

    http://www.sedonacity.com/Home-Rule-Information.htm

  27. City shinks says:

    According to the state Sedona has a very low residential growth.

    In 39 years, the city has only grown by 82 a year. The root cause is the special interests . They take credit for everything. The bs story of 10,000 and 600 million in revenue.

    The State has published the numbers and we have 2016 Civilian Labor Force 5,584
    across all sectors.
    https://www.azcommerce.com/a/profiles/ViewProfile/110/Sedona/

    Hahahaha the Jen can’t count. Super stupid that the city council can’t even read their own budget which has the numbers from state. BTW they dropped a few off the city report to pull the wool over the residents?

  28. @Newcomer to sedona says:

    Boy of boy it is CLEAR who you are -In psychology and logic, rationalization or rationalisation (also known as making excuses) is a defense mechanism in which controversial behaviors or feelings are justified and explained in a seemingly rational or logical manner to avoid the true explanation, and are made consciously tolerable—or even admirable and

    Can’t see past your pocket book!

  29. Make positive changes says:

    Make positive changes starts by voting NO on home rule or Alternative Expenditure Limitation.

    The city council and staff have proven they are wasting and GIFTING your money away. Ruining the quality of life, bringing in day trippers driving cost up.
    Less can be more.

    Spread the word— Time the city gets under control. No No No to any more money.

  30. Tony T says:

    Currently, although the sewer system is not completed, the City has been reducing the promised sales tax subsidy. Once 47%, now it’s 25%.PROPOSED
    BUDGET 2017-18, show the Estimated Visitor Population of 55.4% pays 24.6% of the cost of WW operations, while the Resident Population of 44.6% pays 75.2% of the cost of WW operations. Of course, it’s only approximately 60% of the Resident Population of 44.6% that’s on the sewer and pays 75.2% of the cost of WW operations.

    Somebody is not paying their fair share, and it’s not the residents.

  31. Newcomer to sedona says:

    (Deleted by editor) Go out people look around …..you live in a God graced beauty…
    Come on now…..

  32. Newcomer to sedona says:

    Oh I see sedona eye

    You not allowed to say how things really are on your blog here…

    When you have no complaint agaisnt the City if Sedona your comment gets deleted. So Sedona Eye(yes you editor) are creating an atmosphere for negativity.

    Anyone that speaks out agaisnt the haters here gets thier post marginalized or not posted..

    Go a head post this statement…I bet you won’t .
    You want to give the impression to people who read this and don’t live here, that we arecALL a bunch of complainers , that hate government, and we see nothing but our own negativity.

    Sounds like the REAL Sedona mafia

  33. Jim Poole says:

    So sad that $edona is driven by the dollar and funding of special interest groups. This is why there needs to be separation Bullying by them.

    It doesn’t take rocket scientists to see who the players are.

    Ignoring them & making change is the first step.

  34. Review city debt says:

    Total Outstanding Sedona City Debt as of July 1, 2017 is $32,645,000

    The remaining interest due and owing on the Sedona City’s bonds is $19.69 Million

  35. So Sad says:

    Too bad @Newcomer to sedona. Your portrayal as a happy-camper is most likely sincere since your style of writing soooo resembles those of the handful attempting (and succeeding) to control Sedona. One clue is your lack of respect by not using a capital “S” in Sedona, the place you so defend in your allegedly short duration of living here.

    So based on your perceived preferences you should be pleased to know (as if you didn’t already) the top priorities for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 will primarily influence increased land use density. Not surprising since “affordable housing” of course remains among the top-priorities even with the recent approval of that 45 unit apartment in West Sedona. To accompany their aggressive plans for turning little Sedona into a great-big city, they will be exploring financial sustainability/long term revenue options.

    So, Sedona newcomer (doubt that) you might just have your opportunity to rally for a ballot measure to convince folks to vote in favor of Sedona Property Taxes. That seems to be something which would appeal to your already, as indicated, love and support for Sedona’s current direction.

    “Newcomer to sedona” – That’s a laugh.

  36. @Tony T says:

    You know Tony, you always mistakenly think that you’re the smartest person in the room or on this board so it surprises me when you make such illogical errors.

    You and others keep saying that sewer rates were promised. Well, Mr Know it all, future councils do not have to honor any promise made by a prior council. So if a promise was made in 2000 by the then council, the next council can not be held to it.

    But you keep spewing your twists on “facts” because we all know that you know it all in this town.

    (Deleted by editor)

  37. Norma says:

    Well we sure can learn a lot on the eye

    (Deleted by editor)

  38. JJ says:

    Newcomer that is the problem. No respect for the “graced beauty”. This city is all about the money for their special friends.

  39. F.Y.I. says:

    “Sorry Sedona, this town is named Arizona’s prettiest.”

    On May 8, 2017, the ARIZONA REPUBLIC reported that USA TODAY and THE DAILY MEAL, a website specializing in food and drink, both picked Bisbee as Arizona’s most picturesque small town.

  40. Pathetic says:

    The ongoing senseless yammering from one Newcomer to Sedona is at best pathetic. The rants are so obviously an extension of those from old standbys such as West Sedona Resident (in various forms such as WSR) and all suspiciously related to mind-sets such as SS & JW to pinpoint a couple. And as the WSR(s) have accused time and time again that it’s only a couple of people or so responsible for the hundreds of comments on SedonaEye it becomes even more insane when those with vocabularies obviously inhibited by the “hate” word have little more to add. And most assuredly they contribute nothing of substance or interest other than pointing fingers at undeserving folks, accusing them of what the alleged Sedona newcomer does best: HATE. They fail to realize how even those negative contributions add to the vast number of total comments appearing on this site. Clearly the most effective way they could express their displeasure with SedonaEye would be to cease and desist reading it and commenting on it. Simple solution.

    However, to suggest the Publisher of SedonaEye is unfair in a futile attempt to take down the on-line production is, really, over the top. There are many of us who might prefer that none of the trashy rebuttals were printed. But then we would be limited to the same standards displayed in the local print newspaper, well known for their discriminatory policies and ability to influence elections and other issues with one-sided editorials.

    Congratulations to the Publisher/Editor of SedonaEye for providing the opportunity for all to be heard. Even those who blatantly take advantage with their repetitive tripe and boring input, never actually adding anything of value except what in their limited capacity they are able to angrily hammer out on their unfortunate and probably abused computers. Clearly they aren’t even capable of attacking their opposition with any sense of literary expertise as consistently is displayed by vulgar one-line temper tantrums accusing others of promoting hate when, in fact, they themselves can do nothing else but persist in the very thing they claim to find so distasteful. Go figure.

  41. Tony Tonsich says:

    Whoever accused me of thinking I’m the smartest person in the room or on this board is sorely mistaken. There are many contributors with superior abilities in many things. I am fortunate to be able to have some of their support and input.

    I would say my major strong points are knowing there are lots of people smarter than I and asking for their assistance. My persistence in light of all the baseless personal attacks. Finally, my desire to stop the no bid contracts, padded payrolls and favoritism that pervades Sedona and amounts to theft. When you take something that you have not earned and is not yours, it is theft, plain and simple.

    When you see something wrong happening, know it, and do nothing you share some of the guilt.

    I ask the readers and voters to join me in stopping this theft and abuse. I know I can’t do it by myself, I need your help. If you want to change the world, start at home.

    Merry Christmas !!

  42. @Pathetic says:

    Your seem to be the one yammering on and on here.

    That”newcomer to sedona” seems very astute and “Spot On” with thier observations.

    Perhaps thier comments cut you a bit to close to the truth and you and your alias HATE being “called Out”

    Keep it up “Newcomer’. Don’t let people whom don’t live in Sedona get the impression that we are all a bunch of nitpicking fault finding complainers.

  43. @FYI says:

    @FYI

    Hey should should actually move there..
    You know why?

    Your always bringing up Bisbee AZ as some great place to live or visit…
    Apparently your not happy with the place you say you actually live in….SEDONA

    So go bye bye
    You won’t be missed and I am sure, that when you get there, you will find something wrong there as well..

    I’d bet the whole savings on thatvone

  44. Speaking of Surveys says:

    The current poll in the RRNews asks how many people liked the lights. Well, the responses were consistently reflecting over 50% DID NOT like them! Now, then, all of a sudden that percentage has dropped to around 48%. Any bets that by the time the Wednesday edition comes out the survey indicates an overwhelming positive response? Another Sedona miracle, just like the 10,000 employed in Sedona as well as the inflated RRN reporting about ” “Tourism is a $600 million industry in Sedona,” as pointed out by Alarmed 12/22/17 11:42 am? (no mention those figures refer to the entire Verde Valley)

    False news reporting at its finest?

  45. @Tony T or Tony Tonsich says:

    I will take credit for saying that you think that you are the smartest person on this site. IMO you like to post your opinion as fact. Pure and simple you don’t have any proof that those rants are anything more.

    You are accusing people of theft. Sounds more like an opinion.

    Padded payrolls you say, sounds like a lot of opinion without fact.

    No bid contracts you say, can you please provide us on the Eye with facts of how you come to accuse that and what contracts were awarded without a bidding process?

    You say; “When you take something that you have not earned and is not yours, it is theft, plain and simple”. I don’t see how you are basing that comment on any facts just your own person opinion. BTW, I am NOT saying that you are not entitled to having your own opinion I just think that you should stop trying to pass your opinion off as facts.

    If my memory serves me correctly you were challenged a year or so ago to take your opinions to the AZ Attorney General. I believe that you did that and NOTHING HAPPENED WITH IT because your accusations were baseless. So why don’t you stop with your never ending, baseless rants and move along.

  46. @newcomer to sedona says:

    You called it correctly Newcomer to Sedona

    I like what you once posted here on Sedona Eye……went something like this

    Don’t read posts from “Negative” people, they have a problem for every solution…
    Love that thank you ..

    It apples to so many of the usual posters here.
    Merry Xmas and welcome to Sedona

  47. Ted from kachina says:

    Tony is funny

    He keeps on talking about his taxes this tax that tax (which amounts to not very much in comparison to others …

    As a matter of fact Tony lives in a state ( Arizona) which gets more money from the federal government then it contributes….actuall AZ is the 10 th most DEPENDENT state on the federal government

    http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-among-states-most-reliant-on-federal-government-6627939

    So all the talk of his Hard Earned Yax money is really FAKE news.. He is as dependent on the feds as anyone… lol

  48. MaryC says:

    @Ted from kachina

    Another idiot heard from. What does “Hard Earned Yax money” paid from the Federal Government to the State of Arizona have to do with the City of Sedona giving money to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce to bring in more tourists to Sedona when we already have bumper to bumper traffic in Sedona? ” Yax ” indeed.

  49. Ted says:

    @Mary C

    Tisk tisk

    Name calling? Now now Mary C

    Replace the word tax for yak
    Now does it make sense to you?
    Does it now make sense that since you live in AZ you are a “taker” of the other states surplus taxes..

    That you cry for lower taxes but you and the others survive on other peoples hard earned taxes from other states..

    You might say your s leech or a parasite…(Deleted by editor)

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