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Eddie Maddock: Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?

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SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie S. Maddock suggests the Sedona mayor know the limits of Sedona as he steps into the Council role.

Sedona AZ – Two major political parties have dominated election policies since shortly after establishing the “republic” of the United States. Since the 1850’s they have been known as the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Social, cultural, and economic changes over the years have altered positions of the two parties which increases ongoing opinionated verbal battles. While this stands as, perhaps, common and acceptable practice on a national level is it appropriate and in the best interest of incorporated Sedona to apply it locally?

On Tuesday, November 8, 2022, Sedona voters elected present city council member and currently appointed Vice Mayor Scott Jablow to serve as the Mayor of Sedona for the next two-year term. A resident of Sedona since 2010, Mr. Jablow was a member of the board of directors for the Sedona Oak Creek Fire District as well as the Sedona City Planning & Zoning Commission and Personnel Board. He was first elected as a member of the Sedona City Council in 2014, and appointed to serve as Vice Mayor by other council members in 2020.

Because of his past affiliation with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Mr. Jablow was instrumental – and essentially made it possible – for Sedona to permanently showcase the 3000 lb. Girder 9/11 Memorial display located in front of our Sedona Fire District Station #6.

Clearly Mr. Jablow is a dedicated Sedona resident, informed and knowledgeable about city government policies and operational proceedings and well qualified to serve as the leader of the incorporated city of Sedona.

Incorporated.” Therein resides the operative word because “incorporated” Sedona does not encompass the same geographical boundaries of the Sedona Oak Creek Unified School “District” and/or the Sedona Fire “District.” Similar to both the fire and school “districts” the local Chamber of Commerce is not an operational function of the “City” of Sedona.

An ADOT traffic study found the majority of Sedona traffic backs up miles just to drive through Sedona city limits and Oak Creek canyon in order to reach destinations beyond.

In fact and akin to the school and fire districts, the alleged “Sedona” Chamber of Commerce (Sedona in name only) does NOT perform as an official department of incorporated Sedona. In fact, how could that be possible when so many of its dues-paying members are not even located within Sedona City Limits and thus do not collect city sales tax? The Chamber continues to promote only its “members” at THEIR uptown Visitor’s Center – again NOT officially that of the city of Sedona.

So why does the City of Sedona continue to come up with lame excuses for annually funding the Chamber with public revenue?

Of course this is old news, but perhaps worthy enough to remind local businesses presently struggling to keep afloat during these difficult economic times that their competitors – outside of City Limits – who are members of the Chamber of Commerce and NOT collecting Sedona sales taxes receive priority promotion from the Sedona city financed Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center located uptown. Discrimination?

The purpose of bringing this up time and time again is as a reminder of the perceived impropriety of legitimately operating an incorporated city without honoring the boundaries of the area. (Ref:  “Sedona City Limits 101” July 15, 2015) Frequently we have had elected officials who either don’t seem to know the difference — or else they just plain don’t care! And why is that? Might there be reasons unknown to the public?

November 8, 2022 Sedona Arizona voters within city limits elected candidate Scott Jablow to the position of city mayor.

An easy solution to this situation would be for our newly elected mayor, Scott Jablow, to set the record straight. And how so? When and if people outside “his” jurisdiction attempt to use the politics of Sedona for any reason, politely inform those people that in order to accommodate their requests they must go through the legal process to “annex” into the incorporated area and thus become an official part of the solution instead of just another persistent problem.

Why has Sedona resorted to a two-party partisan system, exemplified by the recent mayoral run-off, and confuse what previously was a relatively easy process? Realistically aren’t we all just “people” identified primarily by first and last names, attempting to survive in today’s world of turmoil?

Maybe Mr. Scott Jablow might consider championing an effort to terminate funding the Chamber of Commerce for any reason, including as a “tourism bureau.” There are numerous examples of how promoting tourism can fairly be accomplished without controversy.

Please – stop this ongoing battle. Hasn’t it gone on far too long already? Why not take the opportunity to not only make Sedona beautiful again, but also respectable by limiting “Democrat” and “Republican” labels to national politics?

59 Comments

  1. Paulina says:

    Good grief

  2. Georgia says:

    Absolutely incredibly ludicrous idea!

  3. Loren says:

    You at city can’t justify the purchase except using Wikipedia? Cottonwood isn’t comparable to Sedona. One is perched on a flyboy hilltop and one is in high desert flat. Next? Before you answer, read comments and then Google Sedona airport accidents and count the dead who wouldn’t have died if they landed 5 minutes away in Cottonwood. You’re ignorant yuppies.

  4. Jack says:

    go ahead cause city to go (deleted by editor) bankrupt then raise taxes for nada prove residents don’t care

  5. Clair, Sedona AZ says:

    @george
    ditto

  6. Sedona City Residents says:

    Maybe it’s a good thing the city is purchasing the Cultural Park for allegedly “affordable housing.” They better plan on building a vast extension of them for Sedona city and the region in general since they don’t seem to understand the concept of City Limits.

    If increased sales tax and other methods of taxing residents are imposed many of us current residents with the possible exception of the city council and their wealthy backers might financially be forced out. Inflation is currently problematic in case you aren’t aware.

  7. Norm, Sedona says:

    Traffic was so bad last week before Thanksgiving it took 45 minutes to get from Airport Road to the Y intersection at SR179.

    This incorporated city should discontinue funding the chamber of commerce for the purpose of destination marketing or any other foolish purposes.

    The chamber is driven by members who pay dues and should NOT receive public funding for ANY reason including the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center uptown. Period!!

    Day Trippers have taken charge so it seems. Chances are that many destination tourists are contracting accommodations with private short-term rentals no thanks to Gov Ducey for declaring them legitimate. However if the city continues to dump funding with the chamber of commerce to promote destination visitors or any other phony reason isn’t it pretty obvious it’s a waste of revenue?

    Due to current inflation many people are struggling financially and even if city revenue is abundant enough to continue to invest in real estate how do they know when that bubble will burst?

    Is the current policy to spend public tax money so recklessly prudent for legitimate Sedona residents who could very well end up being financially obligated victims if this nonsense doesn’t cease and desist?

    Are current City Council decisions solutions to Sedona’s problems or do they continue to add to our problems? Think about that as you wait in traffic to get beyond Tlaquepaque in either direction.

  8. Bill, Uptown says:

    Sedona gets Cultural Park and the other properties is equivalent in reality to us getting a basketball star arrested for violating drug laws and Russia getting back a worldwide terror arms dealer known for killing many Americans and orchestrating terror events and war crimes and arms deals globally.

    Sedona should get more parks and scenic protection however it is like Russia to keep a man imprisoned illegally for years. And Biden refuses to discuss this man’s release with Putin? Is this woke racist politics like black vs white again? Or Woke LBGT+ against Jew again? This was an outrage even though your TV and local news anchors don’t tell you about it or how to think because you are incapable of thinking for yourselves about what should be and what is. Try and discern a backstory or the fact you can’t. Sedona reeks with your inability to do that.

  9. Julianna, city says:

    Signage MUST BE mandatory at points of vehicle entries on 17 179 89A each day traffic exceeds normal

    at 5 minute delay, police need to come to ground and be moving it at every intersection because Police work for us

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