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Eddie Maddock: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie S. Maddock begins 2018 with a political eye on change.

Sedona AZ (January 1, 2018) – Turning the calendar page to January of any new year also revives the process of old procedures to be dealt with in the months ahead. As we proceed to assess our own financial and personal situations, government jurisdictions at all levels commence to do the same. Budgets, schedules, appointments, priorities, etc. must be reviewed, adjusted, and updated to accommodate different situations, circumstances, conditions and changing times.

As the wheels of change continue to turn within our own lives that same ongoing process occurs within local city, county, and state governments. A year ago the passage of SB 1487 was a hot topic, and although approved and subsequently challenged, it remains intact although for some unknown reason legislators are hesitant to pursue that course of action when asked to do so. And why is that? Well, perhaps only The Shadow Knows.

Among other bills which the State Legislature will consider when it convenes this January is yet another controversial proposal.

Presently a Republican state lawmaker, Rep. Jay Lawrence of Scottsdale, is sponsoring House Bill 2032. If approved it would require municipalities to print a candidate’s national party affiliation next to their name on the ballot in races for mayor and city or town council. Current policy, of course, does not indicate the political affiliation of candidates opting for the position of City/Town Mayor or a seat on the Council.

Now this came about because apparently there is some concern with potential candidates who perhaps aren’t exactly forthright about their political preferences, thus allowing the opportunity to mislead their underlying intentions while pursuing election to office. A clear cut disclosure of political affiliation up front would most assuredly allow for constituents to more clearly understand the nature of the people for whom they may or may not be voting.

But of course the League of Arizona Cities and Towns is concerned about the proposal, as it seems any type of jurisdiction which might encourage State Legislators to enforce State Statutes that regulate cities and towns is unappealing to them. The League’’s purpose for existing appears to lean forcefully towards protecting officials of municipalities when they overreach well defined state confinements under which they were granted independent jurisdiction in the first place. Generally speaking, it seems very clear the League has little to no regard for citizens living within the commonly abused jurisdictions of an incorporated area. Based on objection they have displayed for other bills such as SB 1487, it certainly indicates that is the situation.

Those opposing the bill, including the League of Arizona cities and Towns, fail to see what bearing the declaration of political affiliation would have on municipalities. An Arizona Republic article, Dec. 26, 2017, cites the following:

Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, said the bill is concerning for multiple reasons. For starters, he said, the primary job of local elected officials is service delivery. They make sure police officers are on duty, garbage gets picked up on time and streets with those pesky potholes get fixed. ‘We don’’t need to organize on party lines because the services that we deliver don’’t have any kind of partisan angle to them,’ Strobeck said.”

Now that’’s an interesting concept. Arizona Cities and Towns actually believes that?  Wow! Those folks thinking that way surely must not know much about Sedona politics.

With the ongoing controversy of perceived dysfunctional local government, would the addition of a candidate’s national political affiliation really make a difference one way or another? How long does it take a voter to figure out whether an elected official leans right or left once they are elected? And would advance knowledge really matter?

They are all capable of campaigning on promises made to those who offer support, morally and financially. Once elected the never ending pledge of being financially responsible seems to fly the coop. City Limits magically disappear along with specific State Statutes as they are thus completely ignored. Maybe the reason is because none are aware the responsibilities of the locally elected should be restricted to tending to road and safety conditions as viewed by Arizona League of Cities and Towns and not funding each and every nonprofit that appears before them, seeking money for special interests of selected affiliates commonly defended as being “related to the arts” but not necessarily beneficial to the public in general.

Would it be, perhaps, more worthwhile if some sort of House or Senate Bill were considered to redefine the purpose of incorporated areas and, more specifically, remind those in charge exactly what the major responsibilities encompass beginning  but not ending with City Limit constraints and providing and maintaining adequate infrastructure and other vital services in THAT area. That does NOT include paying outside interests to use City owned facilities and/or fund each and every nonprofit in the Verde Valley, over and above a questionable “service” contract with a regional Chamber of Commerce, particularly without benefit of competing bids – Requests For Proposals.

Would the ability to identify a candidate’’s national political affiliation really change anything?

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  1. Jerry, Legitimate Sedona Voter says:

    And wasn’t the great Rep. Thorpe given accolades by Sedona City Attorney Robert Pickels for have upheld Sedona’s policy to charge vacant lots for a monthly type of sewer fee, sans even being connected and receiving service?

    Wow such a deal for the city and maybe Bob Thorpe thought for his increasingly tarnished reputation. Remember these kind gestures (not on behalf of his constitutes) when his name comes up on the ballot again.

  2. @Jerry, Sedona Voter says:

    Good points, Jer. And now the great Bob Thorpe wants for US, his constituents, to approve a big fat raise for him and his colleagues. For what? One kick in the ass after another from a guy who wouldn’t even go to bat and request an investigation by the AG’s office for many, many alleged state law violations up here in Sedonia! It most likely would be more profitable for the great politician to move from Flagstaff to Sedona and go to work as a city employee here. Oh forgot he wouldn’t even have to relocate to accomplish that.

  3. Tourism drives your Property Taxes and Rents up! says:

    Tourism drives you property taxes & rents up!

    Think about it SFD needs more money because of the clogging of our 2 roads, More stations due to Tourists.

    The city has more police, administration, traffic control ect because of tourists.

    Renters pay more in rent because of the cost of housing & property taxes being high here. You all pay franchise fees and sales tax on utilities. Everyone pay additional city sales tax on things you have delivered.

    Businesses pay sales tax on commercial rents to the city. Along with the same franchises fees and sales tax on utilities.

    The city & chamber say you don’t contribute is BS. You are paying, the quality of life is going down while the chamber plays with you the taxpayers money for their personal regional club.

    VOTE NO on HOMERULE.!!!! Force the city-checks and balances. Sedona Residents matter!

  4. Newcomer says:

    You people are crybaby’s

    I see no tax for the chamber of commerce on my tax bill.
    Plus I think the Film Festival is awesome as well as the Mary J Fisher Theater.

    I can’t believe how low my property taxes are compared to where I came from.
    I think it’s time sedona “bucked up” and started paying thier fair share and this guy Tony T and the others stop bellyaching….

    Please …….what a way to make something outta nothing. Let us newcomers enjoy our selves without all your bching!!!!!!

  5. Aaron says:

    @newcomer Been in this city long time & rarely hear anybody in last five years bragging about living here. Knew several good people that moved away. You don’t sound like good replacement.

  6. Tony Tonsich says:


    Typical, “My lack of involvement made the place I used to live a high tax hell, Sedona is not nearly as bad as the place I wanted to get out of. Now let me make Sedona like the place I left.”

    We residents are fighting back against the tax and spend crowd. Go back to where you came from if you don’t like low taxes and freedom.

    NO on Home Rule. Home rule lets the city spend without limitation, you can see from my other posts how the city finds ways to waste money.

  7. @Newcomer says:

    Wow – it[s uncanny how you write so much like another Sedona rah, rah poster on SedonaEye. Ever heard of West Sedona Resident (in various versions) including WSR, Wsr, wSR, etc. Also it’s been speculated the true identity of that no-it-all critic is really JW – and NOT the one running the C of C although they think alike. And that’s fer sure! Glad you LUV it here all of the above. You’ve succeeded in turning Sedona into everything incorporation was meant to prevent.

  8. Newcomer to Sedona says:

    Not sure what that but accusing me of being 3 different names is talking about.
    However, if that poster had been pointing out how people love to complain and hate the town they live in…….well more power to that person. (deleted by editor)

  9. JJ says:

    Home rule allows the city to spend up to 51 Million. They spend around 35 Million. The State normal amount designated for a city this size is 12 Million. How scary is that. They raise the sales tax and they spend 35 Million. The only thing that grows hear is City government and the Chamber of Commerce. I can add the chosen few
    benefitting from the City Council handouts. Everyone else can like or leave.

  10. What the ???? says:

    The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau is the “official” Destination Marketing and Management Organization for the City of Sedona? How can that be legitimate when, by admission, they represent ONLY their members, most of whom are located OUTSIDE Sedona City Limits????

    Once again, that means most of those benefiting from this “Official” designation DO NOT COLLECT CITY OF SEDONA BED AND/OR SALES TAX.

    Talk about a conflict of interest? The morons (inmates) at city hall haven’t taken over the institution. They’ve allowed outside intruders to do so! Where is justice in that? Where are Reps. Thorpe, Barton, and Senator Allen? Why aren’t they INSISTING on an investigation by the State Attorney General?

    Oh – forgot. Thorpe has been too busy accommodating Sedona City Attorney with such things as keeping it legal to charge monthly sewer fees on VACANT LOTS! And for that he wants us to support an increase in his wages?

    What’s wrong with this picture? Good Idea or Bad Idea? HA! Great idea for those on the take, that’s for sure. And IMO and although it may begin within Sedona City Limits, it surely doesn’t end there. Ask all those Chamber members throughout the Verde Valley who are reaping benefits courtesy of Sedona City business tax collectors.

    Say there are no free rides? Ask those sailing along aboard the gravy train.

  11. Glory Be says:

    Special City Council meeting – Executive Session – 2/13/18 – 3:30 PM
    Vultee Conference Room

    “Discussion and consultation with the City Attorney to consider the City’s position and instruct the City Attorney regarding potential litigation of the City’s short-term rental ordinance by the Goldwater Institute.”

    Does that mean the Goldwater Institute is actually thinking about suing just the “city” (instead of the entire Verde Valley area covered by our “official” Destination Marketing and Management Organization of the City of Sedona” aka regional Chamber of Commerce) instead of siding with them? If so – wa hoppen?? Will wonders never cease? Is my interpretation accurate?

  12. Tom G says:

    Goldwater Institute tackle this city gluttony & insatiable desire to rape, pillage & punish its businesses & residents. You’re going to have to see what the Republicans promised the left wing progressive Democratic Sedona city council, strange bedfellows…because I know none of them voted for the Republicans that seem to be sneaking under their bedcovers…

    Follow the money. Go down the rabbit hole.

  13. Joyce M. says:

    ” Presently a Republican state lawmaker, Rep. Jay Lawrence of Scottsdale, is sponsoring House Bill 2032. If approved it would require municipalities to print a candidate’s national party affiliation next to their name on the ballot in races for mayor and city or town council.”

    Obviously even if that were to occur it wouldn’t mean diddly based on the behavior of your current State Representatives. Specifically Bob Thorpe and Brenda Barton. Sorry, Thorpe, you get NO thumbs up from me for a wage increase. But, of course, your liberal pals in Sedona will support you. They LOVE giving away tax money, especially to those who don’t deserve it. Ask the Sedona “regional” Chamber of Commerce.

    As for the Sedona City Council, with the possible exception of one, three guesses what national political preference of the other six are. A clue: It starts with a capital “D”.

  14. @Tom G says:

    Rape pillage and punish!!!???

    Oh Tom you are so overblown it’s almost cute.
    You must be so so Sensitive.

    It’s ok Tommy….the world isn’t as cold as you make it out to be. Go find s good therapist to bring yourself into reality

  15. Allan Begay says:


    sick & tired of politicians & bloggers lying & NOBODY TRYING TO BE TRUE

    Washington Post clears up statistic that isn’t a statistic. Suck it up, Bernie, Stupid Retweet. Suck it up Pelosi, you’re a Retweet. Suck it up NEWS MEDIA.

  16. BAD IDEA says:

    ANYONE – TOURISTS & RESIDENTS – DUMB ENOUGH TO ATTEMPT DRIVING IN SEDONA THIS PAST WEEK, SHOULD BE AWARE OF THE MILLIONS OF $$$$ THIS IDIOTIC CITY COUNCIL GIVES TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO BRING IN MORE PEOPLE IS INSANE!! Sedona has always had tourists here during staggered spring breaks and, especially St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The money would be better spent for signs on Interstate 17 to indicate traffic-back up and NOT to increase and pay for more employees for the special interest, membership “club” – the “regional” but misnamed “Sedona Chamber of Commerce.” Where’s the State of Arizona on this? When an incorporated area fails to abide by State Law why do they still receive State Revenue??????

  17. Janie NC says:

    Have just recently been following comments on this site and cannot believe how foolish it is for a city government to be funding a chamber of commerce, let alone so lavishly. Are you people nuts? Haven’t been to Sedona for a few years but looked forward to returning. Not anymore. BAD IDEA!

  18. Tony Tonsich says:

    The Arizona State Representatives won’t do anything. I must have called Brenda Bartons office 10 times over 6 months, I sent information, emails, I knew her Aide Andrea Allen by voice. I never did get through to Rep Barton. Another Sedona resident wrote to every state Rep, the very few that answered did not help. The most memorable comment was ” Why did you move to a city?”

    The last home rule election I wrote an argument on the ballot against home rule, I passed out flyers, it has gotten much worse since then.

    Now the only way I believe WE can fix things is me being Mayor. That will only work if one, I am elected, and two, I have a majority city council that wants to take Sedona back for its’s residents.

    If WE don’t work to take Sedona back, then it will just get worse. Can you imagine? Our opposition takes millions a year from us, they only need to spend a small amount of their no bid income to out spend me. I already know I can’t do it by myself.

    Are you going to talk to your neighbors? Are you going to volunteer to help campaign? Are you going go run for city council?

    I’ll do the hard part. If YOU don’t help, what I do doesn’t matter. It has to be ALL of us who care. Well?

    I know WE can change things. But only if it is WE.

  19. @Tony T says:

    Love it Tony

    Setting it up already that when you lose it won’t be your fault or your personality’s fault!!!!! Love it.

    Oh when you LOSE it will be your fault (Deleted by editor)

    Oh sedona eye editor. Was this kind enough to print about Tony T.. I know he’s your boy

  20. Jim Poole says:

    I am thrilled to see a person with a brain running for council!

    You have my vote Tony!

    STOP paying the chamber! STOP the traffic of day trippers!!!
    Vote NO NO NO on homerule!!!!

  21. M Mallon says:

    ” Love it Tony” I Love the cowardly anonymous critics that add nothing of value to the conversation, probably as they add nothing of value in their city or chamber job. Is it the guilt for taking money you don’t deserve? I pity you, all negativity and too ashamed of what you say to use your name. What a small life you must have. How very very sad a creature you are. When you write something and are too ashamed to own it with your name, it hurts your spirit. I pray you will see the light. With prayer and forgiving yourself you can change your life.

    Vote No on Home Rule, Vote in a new city council. Vote for Tony T, he is trying to make things better. Pray the voters wake up. Prayer, and action can save Sedona.

  22. steve Segner says:

    How can people vote for someone that is just against everything,

    Tony will not tell us his plan to fix sedona with $12,000,000
    out of the budget.
    Tony want everyone to vote No on home rule
    But he will hot tell us how Sedona will be better off with
    less money. $12,000,000 to be exact.
    Get ready Tony because I will be asking at every meeting in news paper ads, and in mailing to homeowners….. $12,000,000 you want out of the budget….. What does you neighbor think….. ?
    He thinks community services can run with 3 people seem as smart as you .

  23. Tony Tonsich says:

    If you want see all the money the City is wasting, go to Sedonacity.com, look for yourself, it is shocking.

    If you want to know why someone writing as segner is squealing so often, imagine the thought of losing $2.5 million in free money. That is how much the City of Sedona gave the Sedona Chamber this year. Most of that was spent on “product development”????? Most cities give their local chamber nothing.

    How about the Sedona Hub/Red Earth Theatre as another example , Free rent of a city facility, free utilities, paid $24,000 to run it and The Hub keeps all the proceeds. All on a no bid contract. Does that sound fiscally responsible to you?

    I could write for hours. Go to Sedonacity.com.

    One area I don’t plan on cutting is the Police Department. Unlike someone writing as segner has claimed. Police are some of the lowest paid employees in Sedona.

    The City of Sedona spent about $10 million in reserves this year. Does that sound reasonable or sustainable?

    Bumper to bumper tourist traffic and still advertising for more tourists? When you are in a hole, stop digging.

    No on home rule will stop some of this insanity.

  24. Legitimate West Sedona Resident says:

    Go for it Steve We all know how you and the chamber are (deleted by editor). Every time I see you promote or slander anyone then I know to VOTE the opposite of you.

  25. Frankly Frank says:

    To the person actually posting under the name @steve Segner (since we all know the real deal hasn’t posted here for over a year now according to his own words) you are about as boring as watching paint dry. (maybe more boring)

    The little-man-syndrome seems to be consuming that unknown person using the Segner name. However since the authentic Steve Segner vociferously campaigned for Sandy Moriarty four years ago, why in the world wouldn’t he be promoting her and committing vast sums of his fabulous wealth to promote his candidate instead of going on record his intentions to smear an opponent.(at this point in time we don’t even know if other people might intend to run for Mayor)

    Could it be you or the real Segner are actually afraid Tony Tonsich will prevail? Are you that unsure the voting public is happy with Moriarty’s performance during her two terms as Mayor and can’t be reelected based on her merit?

    Only time will tell but for not being the “real” steve Segner you surely do make a good stand in comic.

    HoHum . . . .B-O-R-I-N-G

  26. Save Sedona says:

    Save the remainder of what is we have.

    VOTE NO on Homerule.

    STOP insane spending!!!

    STOP insane bad City Council!

    They are voting in BAD ideas that COST you YOUR quality of LIFE!

    Control them by making them live within the income. The more they can spend the more they GIFT!!! STOP the CHAMBER destroying YOUR town.

    VOTE NO on HOMERULE in August!

    Enough from businesses like lodging & chamber. Make the CC play by STATE LAW vote NO!!!!

  27. Ed Mattson says:

    My question is directed to tony tonsich,

    You mention in one of your postings that The City of Sedona spent about $10 million in reserves this year. Does that sound reasonable or sustainable? That seems to me to be a bit misleading. What did they spend $10 million from reserves to buy or build? Your answer would determine if it’s reasonable or needs to be sustainable.

  28. Mrs Roger Thomas says:

    Mr. Tonsich

    f you want to know why someone writing as segner is squealing so often, imagine the thought of losing $2.5 million in free money. That is how much the City of Sedona gave the Sedona Chamber this year. Most of that was spent on “product development”????? Most cities give their local chamber nothing.

    Allow me to ask you this question sir- since you say that the city if paying the CoC $2.5m what was the profits generated in tax from our restaurants and hotels?

  29. Steve segner says:

    Tell me one more time how would you change the budget to make up for $12 million in lost income OK take away $2 million in the chamber OK Takeaway $30,000 from the redearth, theaters you still have $10 million every single year lost from the budget please tell us how you’re going to make it up and not lose any services And how will Sedona be better off for it in detail please third requestwill be watching Tony haven’t seen that letter to the editor in the red rock news yet who they must not see you as a strong candidate

  30. Sedona Keith says:

    @stevesegner It defies democracy when media dumbnuts like red rock news & Sedona times don’t post what A SINGLE PERSON WRITES OR SAYS. Understand me? You get to say your (deleted by editor) and every body should get to say (deleted by editor).

  31. Steve segner says:

    I don’t understand why you are so upset I’ve asked a simple question my fourth time how will you run Sedona with $12 million taken from the budget it’s that simple you guys can piss and moan and spit but it comes down to $12 million like it or not and why is it everybody uses made up names this is so scary to say your name and say how you actually feel i use my name you guys could ridicule me all you want . It’s a simple question Tony is running for office and I have a right to ask the question and so does everybody else in town and I will make sure every body in town ask the question if they want to take $12 million out of the budget and I think Tony should be mayor then so be it but it’ll be fun .

  32. JJ says:

    @Mrs Karen Thomas- If the CoC received nothing from the tax payers-Sedona would still be busy as hell.The city of sedona has always been busy with tourism. It is beyond rediculous to give the Chamber credit for the tourism industry in Sedona. The only thing that they have done is ruin the quality of life and the small town charm that used to be Sedona. That I painfully state you will NEVER get back. So Karen revel in the fact that you have contributed to the ruination of Sedona. But you got yours. Vote for Tony T is a vote for change. Vote no on home rule. Stop the bleeding. (deleted by editor)

  33. @Mrs.Rogar Thomas says:

    Why in the bleep would a regional chamber be entitled to city taxes????????

    NO ONE Gift sales & bed taxes to clubs, chambers !!!!!

  34. Barfing says:

    Steve u make me barf. so much crap. The red rock snooze…. is blankly blank … the 2 day paper is down to a few pages of no news imo.

    They should be going out of biz. I won’t renew my subscription. Looks like the only money they make is from the taxpayers?? City can change the law and post on the web only. CANCEL the paper notification city and save some $…..Complete bias (deleted by editor) After what the editor did in last election they deserve to go out imo. Propaganda garbage imo

  35. Segner is dense says:

    No matter how many times Segner gets an answer, he still keeps asking the same question. Is that a sign of dementia? Senility? Maybe he can’t read? Go away Steve, you are boring.

  36. @Save Sedona says:

    Sedona doesn’t need saving….

    It’s doing just fine…..if you pulled your head out from inside your backside you’d see that..

    Get a life please

  37. Tony Tonsich says:

    Funny thing, the Sedona Red Rock News would not post my comment on an article, imagine that.

    As to Steve Segner, I’ve already answered you. You are just making yourself look foolish. You threatened to find out about me. Can’t you find any dirt on me? Anything would be more interesting that repeating the same already answered question over and over.

  38. @@Save Sedona says:

    @edona would do just fine if the CONFLICT of INTERESTS were removed (deleted by editor).

    Save Sedona VOTE NO on Homerule control the locos $pending your money, destroying your town! They can’t spend that money without it. By allowing Home Rule you allow unlimited spending by city hall.

    Save the remainder of what is we have.

    VOTE NO on Homerule.

    STOP insane spending!!!

    STOP insane City Council!

    IMO they are voting in BAD ideas that COST you YOUR quality of LIFE! Control them by making them live within the income. The more they can spend the more they GIFT!!! and STOP the CHAMBER destroying YOUR town.

    VOTE NO on HOMERULE in August!

    Enough from businesses like lodging & chamber. Make the CC play by STATE LAW vote NO!!!!

  39. REMINDER says:

    “Steve segner says:
    January 12, 2017 at 10:51 am
    After last night meeting and the outcome, and the no shows from the sedona Eye,I will no longer need to follow all the crazy talk signing off no more posts.”
    If you see a steve segner it will be a phony posting been fun so long ss”

  40. @ Steve Segner says:

    March 18, 2018 at 6:17 pm Steve segner said:

    “I think Tony should be mayor then so be it ”

    At 4.49 pm Steve segner stated “Tony haven’t seen that letter to the editor in the red rock news yet who they must not see you as a strong candidate”

    Which is it steve are you going to give TonyT the Chambers endorsement and straighten the Red Rock News out? (Deleted by editor)

  41. Mark says:

    you kidding?

  42. Terry says:

    JESSICA? Not even worth FBing. Don’t want to hear friends incredulity and guffaws. Jablow hits new low with this vote. The cabal is working together for election. No home rule organizers had better up their game. Start now getting the word out directly to voters directly. You’re running against a group of guerillas working their message.

  43. @sedona eye says:

    Sedona eye can you warm up a half dozen bottles please…
    The baby’s are at it again..
    Thnk you

  44. sheri graham says:

    Seriously???? Council actually voted in a person who the Voters DIDN’T vote for in the last election when Joe V. was voted in — over her???

    Now that’s some scary voting and done with such disdain for those who voted FOR Joe!!!

    Causes me to really question those seated council men and mayor who voted for her – and remove my vote from all of them!

    Enough of the demagoguery (= Demagoguery is an appeal to people that plays on their emotions and prejudices rather than on their rational side. Demagoguery is a manipulative approach — often associated with dictators and sleazy politicians ) I’m not calling anyone sleazy – just manipulative!

    So now, lets get some fresh faces and actual broad based non-partisan loyalties in to replace them

  45. Blah, Blah, Blah says:

    @@sedona eye

    Jessica, you are far too obvious. You are once again seated on the city council so what more do you want? Your inane contributions are just that – INANE. You already spend most of your time at city hall and now it’s official. Kiss the feet of your BFF Sand & Segner & associated council members. Continue calling the shots as those within the inner sanctum (nameless Citizen Engagement groups) are already doing.

    No transparency. Mike Ward and other honorable Sedona residents? Where are you?

  46. Bill Carr says:


  47. @Sheri Graham says:

    We all know that Williamson isn’t the best choice however if you put it in to perspective it makes some sense, I guess. If I remember right the votes were for Martinez, Vernier, Currivan and Williamson in that order. It wasn’t that Williamson didn’t get any votes she didn’t get enough votes to beat Currivan. Vernier bowed out so it makes sense that Williamson gets in. In a perfect world Ward would have gotten the nod but he didn’t. Let us see if Ward will continue to run for that seat, win and settle the issue once and for all.

  48. City Council Home Rule Mtg says:

    Regular City Council Meeting, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 4:30 p.m., Item 8.a.:

    “AB 2359 Presentation/public hearing concerning whether the City of Sedona should extend the Alternative Expenditure Limitation — Home Rule Option with regard to the City Budget. This is the first of two public hearings and this issue would be placed on the August 28, 2018 ballot for voter approval.”

    More on Home Rule according to Agenda Bill 2359:

    Home Rule must be approved by the voters and renewed every 4 years.

    The City Council will determine by resolution at a special meeting on April 24th whether to place the Home Rule Option on the ballot. Approval of that resolution requires a supermajority, or two-thirds majority, vote of the Council. The April 24th Public Hearing will be followed by the City Council vote.

    Supporting and opposing arguments may be submitted for inclusion in the Publicity Pamphlet – due to City Clerk by May 30, 2018.

  49. George N says:

    Sorry @Sheri Graham but the fact remains if voters wanted Jessica Williamson on city council she would already be seated! No amount of spinning can change that fact! She was rejected by residents then and just because four people on the city council think otherwise (THEIR OPINIONS) does NOT change the voice of the people! (at least it shouldn’t)

    Shame on them. All of you (except Currivan & Martinez) should take a hike.

  50. Here We Go Again says:

    Big surprise – city not to renew contract with Red Earth Theatre.
    However, it will continue to operate as a performing arts venue via Parks & Rec and in conjunction with the outdoor pavilion so says assistant city manager who seems to have a fondness for city funding special feel-good stuff for a select few. (Yet another liquor permit for a Hub function is on the upcoming consent agenda.)

    Now that might be considered a good idea …. or NOT! That former Teen Center no matter what remains a Sedona white elephant and unnecessary expense. They raise our taxes to fix roads but refuse to rent out city property as a means to get revenue. Good idea? Bad idea?

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