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SFD April 2017 Draft Minutes

Sedona AZ (April 26, 2017) – The DRAFT Minutes from the April 19, 2017 Sedona Fire District Governing Board meeting are available below. Please remember these Minutes will not be officially approved by the Board until the May 2017 meeting and are subject to change. Click here to view Draft Minutes of 4/19/17. Other documents from this meeting can be accessed under Board Minutes on its website... 

The Wizards of Sedona

Sedona AZ (March 28, 2017) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor: A basic tenet of our democracy is the freedom of speech, where each of us can express our beliefs no matter how varied they may be. And here in Sedona these opinions span the gamut of the spectrum when it comes to city politics. So here’s my take on what’s going on… Sedona Arizona Open Gate There... 

Adversarial Voices Are Precisely What Local Governments Need

Sedona AZ (February 23, 2017) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor: In response to the 2/22/17 SRRN editorial I sympathize with the critic of the SFD, who has “irreproachable credentials and experience” but who declined to serve on the bond advisory committee. Most likely he surmised that due to his “adversarial” perspective, he would be ignored and... 

SFD Announces Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meetings

Sedona AZ (February 23, 2017) – Sedona Fire District (SFD) Governing Board established a Citizens’ Advisory Committee to explore funding options for infrastructure/capital projects including the possibility of a General Obligation Bond. After soliciting for community members, SFD received seven applications and appointed six members (one candidate had personal scheduling conflicts). This committee... 

Sedona Fire District Media Campaign Should Be No Go

Sedona AZ (February 10, 2017) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor: Sedona Eye editor and readers, I want to give you a heads-up that it’s a long one… Sedona Fire Station #4 on Forest Road Have you been following the media campaign that the Sedona Fire District has been orchestrating through its articles in the Sedona Red Rock News? Three in a row (1/25, 1/27, and... 

Impose Fiscal Responsibility on Council

City of Sedona budget doesn’t add up writes Sedona taxpayer Sedona AZ (July 15, 2014) – The following is a letter to the SedonaEye.com editor: I found that last month’s Community Connection incited a range of reactions within me from the petty to the profound. My most petty observation was that the City could have saved money by a simple black-and-white print job on regular stock... 

Local Print Newspaper Tool of Special Interests

In 2009 Iceland, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden topped the Freedom of the Press list with North Korea, Turkmenistan, Myanmar (Burma), Libya, Eritrea at the bottom. The US ranks as Satisfactory below Canada’s Good – Mexico is ranked as Difficult. In Nepal, Eritrea, and mainland China, journalists may spend years in jail simply for using the “wrong” word or photo. In 2012... 

Eye on Sedona Sewage Treatment with Councilman McIlroy

This article submitted by the City of Sedona Sedona AZ (August 28, 2013) – The waste water plant is an Enterprise Fund, which means it is supposed to charge what it costs to operate. This has not been the case for many years. How did we get to this point and what is being done to address the issue?  Around 1984, a study was conducted by what is now the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality... 

Council Must Address New Sales and Property Tax Risks

J. Rick Normand, SedonaEye.com Financial Columnist Sedona AZ (July 26, 2013) – We all keep hearing the arguments from our City’s Council, with the exception of our Vice-Mayor, and from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and City Staff, that we need additional bed and sales taxes to pay for the unexpected costs of additional destination traveler marketing and the implied possibility of redirection... 

Future Sedona General Obligation Bond Issues Difficult

Sedona AZ (May 21, 2013) – by J. Rick Normand, Financial Columnist to the SedonaEye.com At the end of my last article, I said “Please stay tuned for my next article entitled “The Story of Sedona: The Futile Attempt to Cure a Problem With Its Cause.” That article will have to wait since the issue herein is too critical. I apologize to you all. Now then. Near the beginning of the April 26,... 
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