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Home Rule Meeting at Sedona Rouge

Sedona AZ (March 23, 2018) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor:

(In a SedonaEye.com comment) Steve Segner says:

March 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm – “Robert Smith I am hosting a meeting on home rule April 10 at 8:30 at the Sedona rouge I’m going to have theCity manager come and talk about home rule and how it will affect the city and also about the upcoming $30 million traffic plan financed by the half cent sales tax” (end comment)

According to Arizona Revised Statute 9-500.14 Use of city or town resources or employees to influence elections; prohibition; civil penalty:

“A. A city or town shall not spend or use its resources, including the use or expenditure of monies, accounts, credit, facilities, vehicles, postage, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, web pages, personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or any other things of value of the city or town, for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections….

F. For each violation of this section, the court may impose a civil penalty not to exceed five thousand dollars…”

Steve segner says on March 21, 2018: “I am getting the word out on yes on home rule I have made it my project this year.”

Will SS be using public taxpayer money and other city resources?

Jean Jenks
Sedona AZ

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68 Comments

  1. Eddie Maddock says:

    Interesting points, Jean. “Use of city or town resources or employees to influence elections; prohibition; civil penalty:”

    Then if Sedona City Manager addresses Steve Segner’s meeting whereby Segner’s sole purpose, as stated, is ” getting the word out on yes on home rule I have made it my project this year” how can that be legal under the terms of Arizona Revised Statute 9-500.14?

    Further, if by chance the City Manager attempts to insinuate that if Home Rule were to fail, it will halt or delay the planned progress of the $30 million traffic plan, then wouldn’t that serve also as a veiled threat or perhaps at best an indirect use of a misguided method to influence the outcome of an election? Especially since that traffic plan will be implemented over the course of an unidentified number of years.

    And what about the many other methods by which this City of Sedona could cut operating costs besides denial of long overdue traffic improvements in the event Sedona voters do not approve Home Rule?

    Reduce funding to special interests; withdraw half percent bed tax increase to nullify need for contracting Sedona Marketing & Product Development to allegedly benefit Sedona Lodging Council, an affinity group of the Chamber of Commerce; revising departmental operating expenses; research special event costs allocated via Parks & Recreation are offered as examples.

    Will the City Manager also address those issues at Mr. Segner’s meeting to campaign solely for approval of Home Rule, an upcoming ballot measure?

    Where will the line be drawn on “influencing the outcome of an election.” Or will the line be an imaginary one as if drawn in the sand to be washed away during high tide when most people are sleeping?

  2. Claire says:

    Politics politics politics, it never ends in this city!

  3. Steve segner says:

    I have asked the city to explain the home rule and our new traffic project to the hotels and service industry in Sedona ,, I have no idea what he will be saying but I’m sure he will be starting within the limits of the law, I am free to do whatever I like , i’m sure the city will be sponsoring many open meetings in question about home and I think people need a chance to ask honest questions and get honest answers feel free to come to the meeting and ask your own questions. Based on the information the city provides to all of us I will be making sure everybody gets the correct information through our PAC, dotcom an educational pac to make sure voters get the correct information. Are you guys afraid of free speech
    Edie you don’t seem to rane in your speech and you seem to think Other people can have differing views.the question I keep asking is how will the city be better off with $12 million taken from its budget? that’s the question I hope we ask the city and that answer we can share with everybody, Edie come to the meeting Sedona rouge on April 10 at 8:30 open to the public we will also be sponsoring two events at the Mary Fisher theater on the upcoming elections home rule information on school funding on May 1 more on that later will be advertising
    JJ, you asked if I will be using any city money for my campaigns the answer is no I will be using my own money. And money from other concerned citizens .

  4. senile Steve segner says:

    Steve segner says:
    March 23, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    “Edie you don’t seem to rane in your speech and you seem to think Other people can have differing views”

    segner is shocked that the city could run without $12 million. BTW, that would leave only about $20 million to operate the “City”. We would be here without a city. This place existed before there was a ” City”. Those facts are alien to segner.

    Does he honestly believe that with such jumbled thoughts anyone takes him seriously?

  5. William J says:

    Perhaps if Mr. Sedona City Manager were to offer an explanation as to why he extended the controversial contract with the Chamber of Commerce for seven years the meeting might be worth attending. Otherwise, listening to a bunch of threats and scare tactics is a waste of time. So Home Rule is denied and road projects are delayed or stopped. That’s been the ongoing story for years, even with the advantage at City Hall of having Home Rule in place. Seeing them forced to chop unnecessary services(?) Parks & Rec, Red Earth Theatre, Splash Park, Holiday Wildlife Laser Light Fright and other such nonsense including the contract with the chamber would make more sense than immediately threatening to do away with road improvements as the number one financial sacrifice.

    NO to HOME RULE

  6. QUESTION says:

    Conspicuous by absence in the above announcement of S. Segner’s very important message is whether or not time of the meeting is 8:30 AM or 8:30 PM?

    If it is @8:30 AM on April 10 (4/10/2018) which according to my calendar is a Tuesday, during regular City Hall business hours, then why is it OK for Sedona City Manager to participate in an event sponsored by a private resident of Oak Creek Canyon, outside Sedona City Limits?

    Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickels, Senator Allen, & Reps. Thorpe & Barton, is this legitimate? And will even lowly peon registered voters within the City of Sedona have equal opportunity?

  7. @ William J says:

    “So Home Rule is denied and road projects are delayed or stopped. That’s been the ongoing story for years, even with the advantage at City Hall of having Home Rule in place.”

    Nailed it, Dude!

  8. West Sedona Dave says:

    Ummmm, no nothing was “nailed.”

    Are you aware the world economy tanked end of 2008?….That was 10 years ago or less…
    Are you aware the city didn’t have a full traffic study since 97 before that?…..The Great Recession made the traffic problem far less noticeable…

    The new traffic study hasnt been completed for even a year yet….Thats where the matching funds come from to help make any and all major changes….

    As the economy got better our traffic problems got worse…

    See how adding some context makes the “Nailed it”….Incomplete.

  9. @Jean Jenks says:

    While you may not like Segners message, I am 100% confident that he won’t use one penny of city money. How do I know this, because he has a history of always putting his own money where his mouth is. Time after time after time.

  10. JeanJ says:

    The City is hiring. Under the current budget Full-Time Equivalent Employees are increasing from 125 last year to 142 this year. Not only that, the City’s vacant Planner position was re-purposed to create a Sustainability Coordinator position (Clifton) during the March 13, 2018 Regular City Council Meeting.

    The City needs to take stringent measures to reverse it’s big-city mentality and to limit growth in City staff. Vote NO on Home Rule.

    By the way, senile Steve segner keeps calling me JJ. I am JeanJ, a woman, not JJ who is a man.

  11. Mrs. Roland Thompson says:

    Dear, Dear West Sedona Dave:

    This is to express my deepest appreciation for your appropriate acknowledgement that the increase in Sedona tourism since the Great Recession was and remains related to the upswing in the economy and NOT the city/chamber marketing contract. To this day there has never been anything offered contrary to support it has been and continues to be the surging national economy which continues to bring in more tourists and more taxes.

    Since this city has never held the chamber of commerce accountable for proving otherwise, including a valid return on the city’s investment, that alone suggests they are are unable to do so. And why is that? Is it because in fact they have no proof?

    It’s time to hold the City of Sedona accountable and, if necessary, even faced with the threat of “no road improvements.” Although you made a feeble attempt to justify why we’ve remained without having the traffic problems addressed, Mr. West Sedona Dave, your reasoning has more leaks than the roof at City Hall. Of course, that is my opinion. Words which apparently are unfamiliar to you.

    But by all means, keep up your valiant efforts to twist things as you would have them. Enjoy your world of denial.

    Best wishes,
    Mrs. Roland Thompson

  12. Wayne, Sedona says:

    count on us not going

  13. @west Sedona Dave says:

    Thank you! You are 100% correct in your statement “Are you aware the world economy tanked end of 2008?….That was 10 years ago or less…

    Are you aware the city didn’t have a full traffic study since 97 before that?…..The Great Recession made the traffic problem far less noticeable…” THE CITY WASTED 13 MILLION by GIFTING those $$$ to the regional Chamber.

    Everyone has recovered on their own from the 2008 recession and they DIDN’T gift or raise taxes!!!! Morons at city hall let special interests control them. IMO

    City is DS IMO. VOTE them out
    NO on Homerule!

  14. @Jean Jenks and JeanJ Etc says:

    In my humble opinion could it be that at 125 employees the job wasn’t getting done?

    As a small business owner in this city I can tell you that Ms Splangler the city economic person was sorely needed and has helped small businesses in our city and yes I’m sure, “THE REGION” as wall. I guess in your world, you see no reason for businesses to thrive in Sedona. After all, when someone stops at my shop, it must have done something like causing traffic or something, to p*ss you off.

    As for the hiring Sustainability Coordinator I can only hope that this new person does for sustainability what Ms Spangler has done for helping small businesses.

    I’m sure that you didn’t vote for the community plan so I can assume that since the part on the plan that addresses our city being sustainable is new in your view and care little for it.

  15. M Mallon says:

    Talk about pretzel logic. The city is spending almost $10 million more than they take in in a fiscal year. The only solution in a government employee’s mind? More employees !

    There was no city of Sedona in the past. We would be way ahead with no city now.

    No on Home Rule, stop the insanity. Vote them all out !

  16. Get Real says:

    There are few reasons for families to move to Sedona. Chamber tyranny has created excessive traffic, driven the cost of living up, and degraded our beautiful City. Many businesses are unhappy with the unending traffic congestion and the loss of the quality tourist experience. KUDOS, the Sedona Verde Valley Association of Realtors, Red Rock BBQ and other businesses moved out of Sedona within the past year+.

    The City is funding Chamber-created traffic, i.e., day-trippers that clog our highways, by increasing the sales tax .5% in order to fund the Uptown Roadway Improvements Project. Most businesses do not like the sales tax increase because the 9.98% Yavapai County Sedona rate and 10.4% Coconino County Sedona rate hurt business.

    City government overspending–approximately $10 million this year–and City management (or lack thereof) are out of control. Justin Clifton advanced his idea for the 7-year contract between the City and the Chamber. And wasn’t it Karen Daines Osburn who was behind the freebies for the Great Earth Theatre that’s operating gratis on City property? Molly Spangler, Sedona’s Director of Economic Development, is on the Board of Directors of the VVREO, Verde Valley Regional Organization, that assists small and emerging businesses in Yavapai County seeking avenues of funding.

    Vote NO on Home Rule. Vote the incumbents out off the City Council.

  17. Business Owner says:

    @@Jean Jenks and JeanJ Etc it is NOT the responsibility of the CITY to educate businesses!!!!! Hold their hands or PAY their bills.

    cronyism no checks or balances!!! You really show how stupid you are! IMO
    Of course those receiving ENRICHMENTs will say your doing a good job. (Deleted by editor) & the rest of dodo brains at city hall. Only when you eliminate Cronyism and empowerment of special interests will you GAIN Respect for being a normal city with balances, transparency.

    It is up to the BUSINESSES to get educated! That is what is WRONG with you folks at city hall. (Deleted by editor) is simply a front for your regional chamber agenda.
    NO CITY works against their own but YOU do. IMO

    Dumb dumb dumb IMO

  18. Thanks says:

    Thankful someone is stepping up to explain what homerule is and is not.. also good to know the ramifications of not having it…

    All you get on SE is slanted ranting from people whom seem to hate government..
    Sounds like a lot of tea party people on here…also, why do a good number of posts here sound so familar? Are they from they same person?

    Nevertheless I will definetly be attending the “Home rule”! Information meeting. Thanks for putting it on .

  19. @Business Owner says:

    Business Owner, who hasn’t the guts to disclose his name, is inaccurate and dead wrong. Jean Jenks, aka JeanJ, has never said it was the responsibility of the CITY to educate businesses, hold their hands, or pay their bills, and has absolutely NO connection with City Hall as erroneously alleged. She has come out against City overspending, Citizen Engagement, Chamber tyranny, freebies for the Red Earth Theatre, special interests receiving favors and/or taxpayer funds, cronyism, and City government’s lack of inclusiveness under Justin Clifton. She recommends not voting for Home Rule or any Council incumbents come the August elections.

  20. @Thanks says:

    And do you really think the City Manager at a forum promoted by a person going on record as…

    “Steve segner says on March 21, 2018: “I am getting the word out on yes on home rule I have made it my project this year.”

    would go to promote anything opposing Home Rule? And what about compliance or lack thereof of State Law?

    ” According to Arizona Revised Statute 9-500.14 Use of city or town resources or employees to influence elections. . .”

    Is Sedona still above complying with laws except those they make up to suit their own whims?

  21. senile Steve segner says:

    @Thanks
    “All you get on SE is slanted ranting from people whom seem to hate government..
    Sounds like a lot of tea party people on here…also, why do a good number of posts here sound so familar? Are they from they same person?”

    Yes, many comments, especially all those that call those who object to city waste “hate” and ‘tea party” are from the same person. senile Steve segner also tries to monopolize the conversation, but residents are fed up and are pushing back. Imagine an old western town where the townsfolk are fed up and run the thieves and the corrupt city leadership out of town. We tried to look the other way, but things just got worse. $2.5 million this year to the chamber.

    senile Steve segner never did say if the meeting was 8:30 AM or PM.

    What do you expect from senile Steve segner?

  22. @@thanks says:

    Yes the city manager works for Sedona so of course he can give a presentation on Home rule….

    I want to hear it…
    As far as breaking state law I call BS

  23. Thanks says:

    I stand by my original statement

    Most of there comments soundcalotvlke the same person.

  24. @@@Thanks says:

    Didn’t Tim Ernester got in deep trouble for doing this?? Here is the law:

    9-500.14. Use of city or town resources or employees to influence elections; prohibition; civil penalty; definitions

    A. A city or town shall not spend or use its resources, including the use or expenditure of monies, accounts, credit, facilities, vehicles, postage, telecommunications, computer hardware and software, web pages, personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or any other thing of value of the city or town, for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections. Notwithstanding this section, a city or town may distribute informational pamphlets on a proposed bond election as provided in section 35-454 if those informational pamphlets present factual information in a neutral manner. Nothing in this section precludes a city or town from reporting on official actions of the governing body.

  25. Jason says:

    The Big Lie by Dinesh D’Souza (Indian immigrant). You read yet? Heard it’s most wicked phenom facts. Sells out preorders in Cal AZ state bookstores w/ months backlog. Trying to find used.

  26. A Coincidence? says:

    @Original Thanks YOU think your own comment isn’t reflective of any number of the champs at City Hall and their rah rah fans? Right – if the shoe fits . . . NO NO NO to City Manager and his 7 yr Sweetheart Contract with Regional Chamber of Commerce and the bleeding heart spiel you who attend the Segner railroad event are being set up for . . . on when? O yeah April 10. Time? TBD – nothing definitive so far has been made public. 8:30 AM or 8:30 PM? Maybe the city manager will let you know if you happen to arrive at the appropriate moment. Hmmm Segner has become ultra conspicuous by his absence. Maybe @Original Thanks has an explanation for that too. . .

  27. Thank you says:

    Oh Boy….

    A guy sets up an informational meeting to define what Home Rule means and the parameters regarding such….This so the public can make an informed decision and YOU ALL have a problem with that…

    OMG. You people are NEVER satisfied and thrive on hate and decite. (deleted by editor)

  28. @A Coincidence? says:

    You think the folks at city hall are are “champs”?
    Do you mean chumps? Was that s slip of how you really feel in your heart calling them champs and you just enjoy posting hate fueled rants? (deleted by editor)

    Let it go..
    Lol

  29. KT says:

    @Thank You says: “A guy sets up an informational meeting to define what Home Rule means and the parameters regarding such….”

    Excuse me, but an informational meeting when the sole purpose according to the man behind the meeting is: Steve segner says on March 21, 2018: “I am getting the word out on yes on home rule I have made it my project this year.”

    Doesn’t sound like an opportunity for the public to make an “informed” decision to me. One way trip to ruination is more like it.

  30. JeanJ says:

    @Business Owner (Steve Segner??) is a schizoid and dead wrong. Jean Jenks, aka JeanJ, has never said it was the responsibility of the CITY to educate businesses, hold their hands, or pay their bills, and has NO connection with City Hall/City staff as alleged. She has come out against City overspending, Citizen Engagement, Chamber tyranny, freebies for the Red Earth Theatre, special interests receiving taxpayer funds, cronyism, and City government’s lack of inclusiveness under Justin Clifton. JeanJ recommended voting against Home Rule as well as all Council incumbents this August.

  31. F.Y.I. says:

    According to a PUBLIC NOTICE in yesterday’s RRN, the City Council of the City of Sedona will hold two public hearings on the proposed alternative expenditure limitation — home rule option, as follows:

    Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

  32. Geeze says:

    It wasn’t Jean J it was @Jean J
    PLEASE people use your own names

  33. Robert Smith says:

    Seems like I have caused a lot of uproar simply because I am seeking facts, rather than rely on two opposing sides. I did contact the city offices, I recommend others do so too. Informative. Why would they lie, the city does a lot I didn’t even know about. Did you know they are planning a hazardous waste day where we can take our paint and electronics, nice, I still don’t agree with the Chamber contract or Red Earth for that matter, but I love the sewer system as my septic was very old, I love our police, they are responsive and community minded, I love Rock our animal guy, he helped me with a barking dog issue and I love our streets guys, they cut back trees so we could see a stop sign. And our fire department is the best, my neighbor had friends visiting that got stuck in Bell Rock… they saved the day. However, if we could cut the half cents sales tax, eliminate the city funded Chamber and red earth, our town would be perfect!

  34. F.Y.I. says:

    The SFD is a Fire District, not a Fire Department as per Robert Smith. Its $17.9 million bond was voted down (56.27% against). The Fire District already had the highest assessments on county tax bills at the time, yet wanted to spend money foolishly on fire houses not needing repairs and buying fire trucks not required to keep our City safe.

    The SFD’s Proposed FY 18/19 TOTAL BUDGET is $17,406,778. This fall three of the five seats on the SFD Governing Board are up for election. Time to do a house cleaning. Incumbents need to be replaced with candidates who will do a good job watching out for our money.

  35. steve Segner says:

    Robert Smith says:Seems like I have caused a lot of uproar simply because I am seeking fact.

    First off thanks for using your real name,and taking the time to contact the city offices, We have a great city government and they are more then happy to answer any questions.
    You may not like the contract with for the hub Red earth, , it was only $24,000 a year + utilities/ and we had a place for arts group to meet, but it look like the contract will not be renewed.
    I am for home rule and I will be talking to any group that will have me. I will doing mailings or what ever it takes to get it to pass and to make sure Tony is not elected.
    I am for tourism and my job is to keep all hotel’s full. The people on Sedona eye do not like any post the is not a “negative” post…. Sad… The majority of citizens and visitors love Sedona and our government. Business is booming, home are selling, the city is starting a traffic program and works starts next year on $30,000,000 road work. Project … And some people want to take away $12,000,000 from the city to stop growth….well Growth is good and it will not stop we all need to all work together to live with tourism.

  36. Angela says:

    @stevesegner
    Why again is it to residents benefit to support extra taxes? This is about what a few are doing to the all to benefit the few.

  37. Facts over Fiction says:

    Steve is a Special interest group and is being enriched by 2,502,865.00 in 2017 by city funding his business club. Discrimination. PAY YOUR OWN BILLS!
    Stop ripping off the public Steve.

    Money from City to Chamber 2013-2018
    Totals $8,623,708.00 by Putting a burden on the in-city-businesses collecting taxes while his members outside get a free ride.

    According to the tax returns the Taxpayers are PAYING 80% of chamber’s bills
    The Chamber IS the root cause to your traffic.
    City is driving business to outside the city limits as the tourists save big $$$ to stay and play there. They Save 7% in taxes for every room they rent. Translation

    $14.00 a night on a room costing 200.00 Hilton & Enchantment along with other hotels outside the city limits DO NOT charge or contribute to city-sales-bed taxes WHY are they being GIFTED?????????

    The industry should NOT be getting TAXPAYERS money. CUT them off! Kick Steve BS out! Fact check!

  38. @Facts over Fiction says:

    You “facts” are wrong and you sound like a broken record…
    It’s moneyvfrom bed tax it aint Yours anyway.

    But since AZ is one of the biggest offenders of GETTING way more money from the FEDs then it contributes( takers) I can see why you think your ENTITLED to something that isn’t yours.

  39. Jim Poole says:

    Talk about about a broken record @Facts over Fiction aka steve – karen it is not YOU MONEY!

    Steve you have only 30 members of your entire chamber membership that collects bed taxes. WHY are you entitled to bed taxes? It should be paying for infrastructure!!!

    the 2,502,865.00 MILLION your PRIVATE CLUB took should be returned. Hotels the chamber is stealing 83.428.83 of infrastructure per hotel!! While you all pay by them clogging our roads Your employees can’t get to work. You didn’t have a vote or sayso.

  40. Tony Tonsich says:

    Those that claim they deserve 55% of the bed tax act as if tourists don’t crowd our roads, trails or use half our city police, and Fire district services.

    Tourists, as has been made painfully clear by just the traffic, do have costs. AZ law says .05 % of the bed tax has to be spent on tourism. It does not specify ANY has to be given to the chamber of commerce. The city of Sedona currently gives $2.5 Million, or 55% of the bed tax to the local chamber. The bed tax can and should be spent to mitigate the costs of tourists.

    The only way these hotels would deserve so much of the bed tax is if their guests teleported in. Sorry Star Trek Hotel owners, it’s not happening.

    This town belongs to the resident voters, not the absentee hotel owners.

    WE can take it back.

  41. Get Real says:

    Tony, the bed tax is 3.5%. .5% (not .05%) must be used for tourism per Arizona law. State law specifies how the .5% must be used, i.e.,

    1. Direct expenditures by the city or town to promote tourism, including but not limited to sporting events or cultural exhibits.

    2. Contracts between the city or town and nonprofit organizations or associations for the promotion of tourism by the non profit organization or association.

    3. Expenditures by the city or town to develop, improve or operate tourism related attractions or facilities or to assist in the planning and promotion of such attractions and facilities.

  42. steve segner says:

    Jim Poole says
    Steve you have only 30 members of your entire chamber membership that collects bed taxes. WHY are you entitled to bed taxes? It should be paying for infrastructure!!!
    Jim we get no money, the city get all the money and it spends it as it sees fit. 70% of all taxes come from visitors, the city know this , and the marketing money supports thousands of jobs….

  43. Not Required Anymore says:

    When the City increased the bed tax higher then the sales tax the chmaber used that to say the state require them in invest in Tourism. The law does not require them to use it in a marketing the city could have used the 0.5% for infrastructure and planning.

    This 0.5% is only around 400k a year. The City Council decided on their own to GIFT the Chamber 55% of ALL bed taxes which is 2.5 million this year. NO CITY does this!!!!

    Now that the SALES tax is 3.5% and equal to bed-taxes 3.5%, this requirement is NO longer VALID!!!!

    STOP FUNDING SPECIAL INTEREST AKA chamber City council!

  44. Jim Poole says:

    “According to studies conducted by Arizona State University in 2016, approximately 17% of the sales in Yavapai County are made to non-residents of the County.”

  45. Give it Back Chamber says:

    In my opinion the Chamber should REFUND the city coffers all the money they have taken.

    They didn’t tell the truth.They have created harm to our community. $8,623,708.00 has been taken since 2013. Just because they can doesn’t mean it is correct. Driving the cost of living up, driving the young families out. And hurting the Businesses and their employees.

    “Report to Mayor in 2013 Chamber’s membership composition Audit showing only 29% has a business license, less than that in footprint and only 2.63% of their 1,139 collect bed Taxes. ”

    Let the businesses do their OWN target marketing. Stop paying to have chamber members play with taxpayers money.

  46. steve Segner says:

    “According to studies conducted by Arizona State University in 2016, approximately 17% of the sales in Yavapai County are made to non-residents of the County.”

    That is the (county) and only the smaller 1/2 of sedona coconino count in up town and has the most retail and hotels.
    That is the (county) and only the smaller 1/2 of Sedona cococino county is east Sedona and up town and has the most retail and hotels.
    Jim this may help.

    https://sedonachamber.com/research/ and this lost of reports with the city http://www.sedonaaz.gov/home/showdocument?id=32229

    The City’s largest revenue sources are sales and bed tax revenues, and these continue to see significant increases. City sales taxes are 9% higher than the prior year and bed taxes are 27% higher than the prior year.
    City Sales Taxes Bed Taxes Total
    $1,288,931 801,393 $2,090,324
    FY 2017 Increase Over Prior Year
    The largest increase for the month of June was in the Retail (24%) category. The Leasing (-18%) category showed a significant decrease for the month.
    For year-to-date (YTD), the Restaurant & Bar (16%), Hotel/Motel (24%), and Leasing (23%) categories all show increasesovertheprioryear. AportionoftheincreaseintheHotel/Motelcategory,aswellasbedtaxes,isrelated to the allowability of short-term residential rentals effective January 1, 2017.

  47. Takers says:

    Thank you all recent posters for proving my point

    You all want what ain’t yours..
    Your sense of entitlement towaRds the bed tax andvthe way it’s spent is hilarious..
    Stop pointing fingers you crybaby takers… it ain’t yours to begin with..
    Whaaaa. Get a life

  48. Thanks Steve says:

    Thanks for posting the facts and truth Steve S..

    Omg these complainers her on SE just don’t get.. Especially that guy Tony running for mayor…What a joke

  49. Harrell III says:

    @Thanks Steve You people wouldn’t recognize real. You’re the ones. Keep it. Carry on. Thanks for knowing ALL can carry on w/o government telling us and city council owning our money & biz & personals. We make money. We entitled to keep our money. How much a bed worth? I say about $5 cause all equal & sleeping is a right not an entitlement. Open your hotel doors & make it uncomplicated. $5 is fair.

  50. Jim Poole says:

    Public SERVICE announcement:

    Don’t pay attention to anyone that is being enriched with taxpayers money. The real facts can be checked by actual payouts to that Special interest Group.

    http://www.sedonacity.com/DollarsCity.htm

    Yavapai Sheriff Department Reports
    http://www.ycsoaz.gov/

    “SALES TAX PAID BY VISITORS: Extension of the current Jail District sales tax to fund jail operation is preferable because it imposes less of a burden on county residents. According to studies conducted by Arizona State University in 2016, approximately 17% of the sales in Yavapai County are made to non-residents of the County. Continuing to use a sales tax to help fund the jail means non-residents pay for a significant portion of jail operations, relieving county residents of that burden. In contrast, a property tax is paid almost exclusively by Yavapai County residents. Thus, continuing the existing sales tax will actually save Yavapai County residents money.”

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