Sedona AZ (March 7 2011) – This is a Sedona Times Publishing and SedonaEye.com breaking news alert!
A grass roots group of Sedona residents and business owners have organized to oppose Sedona City Council’s 4-3 vote passed by Council on February 22, 2011 when the City decided to take ownership of SR 89A through a Route Transfer Agreement between the State and the City. Let The People Vote on 89A, a Political Committee (PAC) filed on March 8, 2011, to stop the Route Transfer of 89A to the City of Sedona.
The Let The People Vote on 89A committee intends to force a special election through the Referendum and Initiative process and thereby letting the residents make the final decision.
Let The People Vote on 89A is spearheaded by Sheri Graham, past Sedona City Council Member. Says Graham, “I’ve lived here for 33 years and I’ve watched this town grow and prosper for about 3,000 to 13,000 people. The State of Arizona is big and can afford this road. Our small town cannot sustain this financial burden. This is a State Highway that the Arizona Department of Transportation can and should maintain.”
Graham adds, “The majority of the council ignored the professional survey they paid for, that expressed the voice of the people. While ADOT’s monetary offer seems generous, we are talking about taking over a State Highway with no plan in place and no firm or confirmed costs associated with it. While $10 million sounds like a lot of money, it is but a drop in the bucket for continued maintenance and improvements. Our small town simply can not sustain this burden and maintain minimum standards and services that any city should maintain. This road will become the primary fiscal focus of our city’s budget and compromise its resident’s basic needs. City control of the section of SR89A designated in the Transfer Agreement with ADOT, and no street lights, does not justify the magnitude of endless cost and liabilities. We feel we – the residents of Sedona – are being set up for the perfect financial storm.”
The stated goal of Let The People Vote on 89A is to obtain more than sufficient petition signatures to force a Special Election for a Referendum and Initiative that will stop the Route Transfer and put the decision in the hands of the registered voters. Petition sheets will be available Wednesday, March 9, 2011.