Sedona AZ (January 14, 2013) – Warren Woodward, City of Sedona resident and taxpayer, in a SedonaEye.com Letter to the Editor writes an opinion of recent Sedona City Council volunteer commission appropriation decisions:
…Just last November 30, 2012, Sedona’s overpaid city manager issued a 7-page Budget Memo that contained statements and phrases like:
- “To continue funding projects another source of funds will need to be identified.”
- “…additional revenue sources will need to be identified.”
- “The current forecast of ongoing revenue barely supports the ongoing operational needs of the City.”
- “…other funding sources must be pursued.”
- “new revenue sources to address the debt service must be identified.”
How does City of Sedona Council (AKA The Moronic Convergence) deal with this situation (a situation myself and others have warned about for years)? By spending more money on nonsense of course!
At its January 8, 2013 meeting, Council voted 6 to 0, with Williamson absent, to give $28,000 to the “Sedona Visioning Group.”
I can see I need to practice my visualization techniques. There’s obviously a big payday in it.
You will be interested to know at the start of this very same January 8 meeting that Council approved a list of priorities for the next TWO years that included “increase most fees (some significantly)” and — get this Orwellian language — “Public outreach to educate the public and initiate a public dialog on future funding mechanisms for capital projects.”
Anyway, to make matters worse, this “Visioning Group” counts amongst its members both Mayor Adumbs (Adams) and Vice Mayor Duncenunzio (DiNunzio).
While I doubt they are benefiting financially from the $28K, it does seem highly inappropriate for members of a beggar group to be voting on whether or not to give that same beggar group free money.
But if you saw the meeting you would understand just how important Adumbs and Duncenunzio and the others think this gift of free money is. Why, they are ‘supporting the arts’ and surely it will generate money in the community! Adumbs even gushed that it would become like the Aspen Institute!
Watching the meeting, one gets a real understanding of how much they enjoy playing at being art patrons and venture capitalists on our behalf (and on our dime!). Lots of self-congratulatory ego tripping.
But wait; there’s more!
They are funding something that has already proved to be a failure!
From the City of Sedona Council January 8 Meeting’s Agenda Item:
Background: The Sedona Visioning Group (SVG) has been meeting since last spring to discuss strategies for Sedona becoming an internationally recognized learning center for arts and culture. The issue arose last spring when the Zaki Gordon Film Institute, located on the Yavapai Community College Sedona campus, was possibly going to close due to a lack of student registrations. Concerned community leaders, City officials and Yavapai College representatives met to discuss ways to avoid the closure of the Institute. [and make us pay for it!]
So, students were not interested. But instead of hearing and complying with public (i.e. market) demand — or lack thereof — The Moronic Convergence, true to form, is throwing money at failure.
I guess when one is “visioning” anything is possible.
Personally, I am disappointed that the “Visioning Group” made no mention of making art more affordable in Sedona.
Art is so expensive here I don’t know how people in the City’s affordable housing will afford it. Plus, I have heard that working families have to go to Cottonwood and Camp Verde for their art. Something must be done and Council needs to establish an Affordable Art Commission.
Seriously, our only hope in this particular instance of fiscal insanity is that the free money Council voted to waste is on condition that the National Endowment for the Arts cough up a similar amount. Other beggars are “competing” for the NEA funds. Sedonans “visioning” at our expense may have to keep practicing their techniques if the NEA doesn’t share the vision.
Beer goggles anyone?Warren Woodward Sedona AZ