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Eddie Maddock: Sedona Struggles to Maintain Quality of Life

SedonaEye.com Columnist Eddie S. Maddock opines on the struggle to maintain Sedona Arizona’s red rock splendor and quality of life in the face of commercialism, tourism, favoritism, and the resulting eco-unfriendly biohazards.

Sedona AZ (October 21, 2017) – With a flurry of hard core issues presently on the drawing board such as the Fire District Bond, amendments to the Sedona Community Plan which will increase land development density, and the increase of Sedona City sales tax,  maybe it has or has not been an oversight to more prominently address the current “citizen’s survey” which was mailed to a select number of Sedona City residents.

Not having personally received the survey, several outside contacts related concerns with some of the questions, which resulted in obtaining a copy of the survey via online research and which, with approval of the Editor of SedonaEye.com, is shown in a text format for informational purposes only so as NOT to be confused as an official document to be completed and mailed back to the source contracted for the research.

The results of this “citizen’s survey” may or may not have a tremendous impact on the direction of Sedona’s future. However, considerable unrest exists relating to ongoing troubling changes in the quality of life for those of us who are permanent residents and who moved here to enjoy life with a small town atmosphere.

Although difficult, this informational offering is submitted without comment or editorializing – which will not prevent me from making future comments if it does, in fact, appear on SedonaEye.

SedonaEye? Who dat?

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Sedona AZ

Please complete this questionnaire if you are the adult (age 18 or older) in the household who most recently had a birthday. The adult’s year of birth does not matter. Please select the response that most closely represents your opinion for each question. Your responses are anonymous and will be reported in group form only.

Please rate each of the following aspects of quality of life in Sedona:

Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Sedona as a place to live
Your neighborhood as a place to live
Sedona as a place to raise children
Sedona as a place to work
Sedona as a place to visit
Sedona as a place to retire
The overall quality of life in Sedona

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please rate each of the following characteristics as they relate to Sedona as a whole:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Overall feeling of safety in Sedona
Overall ease of getting to the places you usually have to visit
Quality of overall natural environment in Sedona
Overall “built environment” of Sedona (including overall design, buildings, parks and transportation systems)
Health and wellness opportunities in Sedona
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Overall opportunities for education and enrichment
Overall economic health of Sedona
Sense of community
Overall image or reputation of Sedona

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please indicate how likely or unlikely you are to do each of the following:
Very likely Somewhat likely Somewhat unlikely Very unlikely Don’t know
Recommend living in Sedona to someone who asks
Remain in Sedona for the next five years

Please rate how safe or unsafe you feel:
Very safe Somewhat safe Neither safe nor unsafe Somewhat unsafe Very unsafe Don’t know
In your neighborhood during the day
In Sedona’s downtown/commercial area during the day

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please rate each of the following characteristics as they relate to Sedona as a whole:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Traffic flow on major streets
Ease of public parking
Ease of travel by car in Sedona
Ease of travel by public transportation in Sedona
Ease of travel by bicycle in Sedona
Ease of walking in Sedona
Availability of paths and walking trails
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Air quality
Cleanliness of Sedona
Overall appearance of Sedona
Public places where people want to spend time
Variety of housing options
Availability of affordable quality housing
Fitness opportunities (including exercise classes and paths or trails, etc.)
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Recreational opportunities
Availability of affordable quality food
Availability of affordable quality health care
Availability of preventive health services
Availability of affordable quality mental health care

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please rate each of the following characteristics as they relate to Sedona as a whole:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Availability of affordable quality child care/preschool
K-12 education
Adult educational opportunities
Opportunities to attend cultural/arts/music activities
Opportunities to participate in religious or spiritual events and activities
Employment opportunities
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Shopping opportunities
Cost of living in Sedona
Overall quality of business and service establishments in Sedona
Vibrant downtown/commercial area
Overall quality of new development in Sedona
Opportunities to participate in social events and activities
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Opportunities to volunteer
Opportunities to participate in community matters
Openness and acceptance of the community toward people of diverse backgrounds
Neighborliness of residents in Sedona

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please indicate whether or not you have done each of the following in the last 12 months.
No Yes
Made efforts to conserve water
Made efforts to make your home more energy efficient
Observed a code violation or other hazard in Sedona (weeds, abandoned buildings, etc.)
Household member was a victim of a crime in Sedona
Reported a crime to the police in Sedona
No Yes
Stocked supplies in preparation for an emergency
Campaigned or advocated for an issue, cause or candidate
Contacted the City of Sedona (in-person, phone, email or web) for help or information
Contacted Sedona elected officials (in-person, phone, email or web) to express your opinion

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

In the last 12 months, about how many times, if at all, have you or other household members done each of the following in Sedona?
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Visited a neighborhood park or City park
Used Sedona public libraries or their services
Participated in religious or spiritual activities in Sedona
Attended a City-sponsored event
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Used bus, rail, subway or other public transportation instead of driving
Carpooled with other adults or children instead of driving alone
Walked or biked instead of driving
Volunteered your time to some group/activity in Sedona
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Participated in a club
Talked to or visited with your immediate neighbors
Done a favor for a neighbor
Used the Sedona Hub

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Thinking about local public meetings (of local elected officials like City Council or County Commissioners, advisory boards, town halls, HOA, neighborhood watch, etc.), in the last 12 months, about how many times, if at all, have you or other household members attended or watched a local public meeting?
2 times a week or more 2-4 times a month Once a month or less Not at all
Attended a local public meeting
Watched (online or on television) a local public meeting

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please rate the quality of each of the following services in Sedona:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Police/Sheriff services
Fire services
Ambulance or emergency medical services
Crime prevention
Fire prevention and education
Traffic enforcement
Street repair
Street cleaning
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Street lighting
Snow removal
Sidewalk maintenance
Traffic signal timing
Bus or transit services
Garbage collection
Recycling
Yard waste pick-up
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Storm drainage
Drinking water
Sewer services
Power (electric and/or gas) utility
Utility billing
City parks
Recreation programs or classes
Recreation facilities
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Land use, planning and zoning
Code enforcement (weeds, abandoned buildings, etc.)
Animal control
Economic development
Health services
Public library services
Public information services
Emergency preparedness (services that prepare the community for natural disasters or other emergency situations)
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
Preservation of natural areas such as open space, farmlands and greenbelts
Sedona open space
City-sponsored special events
Overall customer service by Sedona employees (police, receptionists, planners, etc.)

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Overall, how would you rate the quality of the services provided by each of the following?
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
The City of Sedona
The Federal Government

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please rate the following categories of Sedona government performance:
Excellent Good Fair Poor Don’t know
The value of services for the taxes paid to Sedona
The overall direction that Sedona is taking
The job Sedona government does at welcoming citizen involvement
Overall confidence in Sedona government
Generally acting in the best interest of the community
Being honest
Treating all residents fairly

Please rate how important, if at all, you think it is for the Sedona community to focus on each of the following in the coming two years:

Essential Very important Somewhat important Not at all important
Overall feeling of safety in Sedona
Overall ease of getting to the places you usually have to visit
Quality of overall natural environment in Sedona
Overall “built environment” of Sedona (including overall design, buildings, parks and transportation systems)
Health and wellness opportunities in Sedona
Overall opportunities for education and enrichment
Overall economic health of Sedona
Sense of community

The National Citizen Survey © 2001-2017 National Research Center, Inc. Current Progress 36%
The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Cities are faced with difficult choices with limited budgets. While the City is currently working on solutions to reduce traffic, please select up to two (2) additional priorities you would want the City to invest in over the next few years:
Additional cultural facilities (museums, theatres, etc.) Additional parks and facilities (playgrounds, sports facilities, etc.)
An Oak Creek park or walk Other
Increase the walkability and bikeability of Sedona None of these
Ensure housing for those who work in Sedona

Please select up to three (3) service areas for the City to contribute additional funding in order to expand existing services over the next few years:

Recycling services Arts and culture programs
Library services Social services (senior center, food banks, etc.)
Animal services Other (please specify)
Business development services None, I’m pleased with levels of service in listed areas

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please indicate how likely or unlikely you are to use each of the following sources to learn about City issues, activities, events and services:
Very likely Somewhat likely Somewhat unlikely Very unlikely Don’t know
City website (www.sedonaaz.gov) and eNotify emails
Local newspapers (Red Rock News) and websites (www.Sedona.biz)
Local radio stations (100.1, NPR on 103.3 or 88.7, etc.)
Channel 4, the local government TV channel
City Council meetings and other public meetings
Talking with City officials and staff members
City communications via social media
Word-of-mouth

To what extent do you agree or disagree that each of the following would increase your use of a bicycle or walking as a means of alternative transportation:

I would ride a bicycle or walk more often if…
Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disgree Strongly disagree Don’t kow
There were more off-street bike, sidewalks or multi-use paths/trails
I felt safer from traffic while riding a bicycle/walking
I had better health or physical ability to do so
I do not want to use a bicycle or walk as a means of transportation

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

To what extent do you support or oppose the City investing in creating sustainability policies and programs in the following areas:
Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Increasing use of alternative energy sources
Encouraging water conservation
Fostering National Forest stewardship (trails, access, etc.).
Increasing recycling services
Developing plans to meet the goal of zero waste in Sedona
Requiring higher green building and development standards

To what extent would you support or oppose the City of Sedona encouraging growth in the following types of businesses/industries?

Strongly support Somewhat support Somewhat oppose Strongly oppose Don’t know
Technology (i.e., life science, R&D)
Outdoor recreation
Tourism (i.e., hotels, restaurants)
Healthcare (i.e., pharmaceutical, hospital, medical offices)
Arts and Entertainment (i.e., graphic design, interior design)
Light warehousing and distribution (i.e., truck operators, stock clerks)

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Our last questions are about you and your household. Again, all of your responses to this survey are completely anonymous and will be reported in group form only.

How often, if at all, do you do each of the following, considering all of the times you could?
Never Rarely Sometimes Usually Always
Recycle at home
Purchase goods or services from a business located in Sedona
Eat at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day
Participate in moderate or vigorous physical activity
Read or watch local news (via television, paper, computer, etc.)
Vote in local elections

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Would you say that in general your health is:

Excellent

Very good

Good

Fair

Poor

What impact, if any, do you think the economy will have on your family income in the next 6 months? Do you think the impact will be:

Very positive

Somewhat positive

Neutral

Somewhat negative

Very negative

What is your employment status?

Working full time for pay

Working part time for pay

Unemployed, looking for paid work

Unemployed, not looking for paid work

Fully retired

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Do you work inside the boundaries of Sedona?

Yes, outside the home

Yes, from home

No

How many years have you lived in Sedona?

Less than 2 years

2-5 years

6-10 years

11-20 years

More than 20 years

Which best describes the building you live in?

One family house detached from any other houses

Building with two or more homes (duplex, townhome, apartment or condominium)

Mobile home

Other

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Is this house, apartment or mobile home…

Rented

Owned

About how much is your monthly housing cost for the place you live (including rent, mortgage payment, property tax, property insurance and homeowners’ association (HOA) fees)?

Less than $300 per month $1,000 to $1,499 per month
$300 to $599 per month $1,500 to $2,499 per month
$600 to $999 per month $2,500 or more per month

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Do any children 17 or under live in your household?

No

Yes

Are you or any other members of your household aged 65 or older?

No

Yes

How much do you anticipate your household’s total income before taxes will be for the current year? (Please include in your total income money from all sources for all persons living in your household.)

Less than $25,000

$25,000 to $49,999

$50,000 to $99,999

$100,000 to $149,999

$150,000 or more

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Please respond to both questions:

Are you Spanish, Hispanic or Latino?

No, not Spanish, Hispanic or Latino

Yes, I consider myself to be Spanish, Hispanic or Latino

What is your race? (Mark one or more races to indicate what race you consider yourself to be.)

American Indian or Alaskan Native

Asian, Asian Indian or Pacific Islander

Black or African American

White

Other

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The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

In which category is your age?
18-24 years 55-64 years
25-34 years 65-74 years
35-44 years 75 years or older
45-54 years

What is your sex?

Female

Male

The National Citizen Survey © 2001-2017 National Research Center, Inc. Current Progress 97%
The City of Sedona 2017 Citizen Survey

Do you consider a cell phone or land line your primary telephone number?

Cell

Land line

Both

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273 Comments

  1. Suggestion says:

    Suggestion for Mrs. Maddock: How about you resubmit this same article but just change the date to Wednesday, January 17, 2018. That is when the City Council will convene for a “Special City Council Meeting” beginning @ 2:00 PM.

    Special Business – AB 2288 – Discussion/possible direction regarding destination marketing and tourism promotion goals, objectives and approach for the FY2018-2019 contract year. This will take place in the form of a joint meeting between the Sedona City Council and the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau’s Executive Committee.

    Woo-Hoo- BUSINESS AS USUAL (but now being conducted at a SPECIAL meeting)

    Why bother? The damn contract was approved for seven years!! What a waste. Yep the beat goes on. Business as Usual or WORSE??

  2. Suggestion under Wrong Article says:

    My above suggestion is posted under the wrong article. Sorry!!!! Although any of the articles I suppose represent business is usual – oh well.

  3. Wanna Bet? says:

    Wanna bet that at the “special” meeting on Wednesday one of the great product development approvals will be to donate a portion of the multi-million dollar Chamber of Commerce budget (city revenue) to the USFS for “trail maintenance?” Such a deal – Federal Agency receiving money from a small municipality that cannot even afford to maintain their own city streets and roads?

    WOW – wanna bet that’s a trade off for the USFS to allow invasive laser light shows onto Federal and possibly designated “Wilderness” land by the C of C?

    Time to contact National Wildlife Federation and other interested wild life organizations to wise them up to what’s REALLY going on the NOT-SO-MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE WORLD.

    Boogie-Boos and Deplorables are in charge including the USFS District Ranger Station if they buy into this BS offer, thinking it isn’t without a payback obligation.

  4. @suggestion says:

    Ut oh

    Someone’s at it again ….
    Posting under 15 different names

    If you hate sedona that much and you only see negativity ….
    Please leave

  5. MaryC says:

    It always makes me chuckle when someone posts anonymously ranting about anonymous posts.

    How dare they post anonymously ? by anonymous

  6. @Wanna Bet says:

    bettcha your correct on what to expect

    BTW if any one read that RRN report about the survey results will translate the double speak from that City Manager??????? OMG talk about CONFUSED ???? Maybe if the wiseass posting as @suggestion translates the manager’s rhetoric as nothing more than a feeble attempt to support the PRETEND results from the rigged & lowbrow survey — it would be more worthwhile than worthless accusations about 15 people doing something or another??? Maybe the 15 fantasy voices are the same ones using Segners name to make WORTHLESS comments????

  7. @&wanna bet says:

    Omg
    The survey came out months and month ago and YOUR still crying about it.
    Whaaaaaa
    You are in desperate need of mental health observation.
    Please outside readers of Sedona Eye don’t interpret this crybaby as Sedona sentiment.

    We love it here….

  8. @&wanna bet says:

    Omg

    I forgot to mention, we love it here because we work for the city of Sedona and have every Friday and every holiday Monday off !!!

    Plus, two weeks paid leave and two weeks paid vacation….THE FIRST YEAR !!!

    We love it here…. We don’t live in Sedona though. Taxes are too high.

  9. The Vote is in!!!!! says:

    The people and residents have voted on how they like living in Sedona by how many stay or live here. The State of Arizona monitors this and reports it annually.
    The population factor is 1.4546 which is NOT good. At least is is better than Tombstone. hahahaa
    Handful likie Sedona cause we taxpayers pay their bills via funding to the chamber…….. likie ???

  10. @maryc says:

    I love it as well….we are all sure your name is really MaryC!!!
    Duh

  11. WSR - New & Improved says:

    So why did it take months and months to reveal the results @@&wanna bet?
    Sounds like you were among those crafting the survey questions? And maybe even helped calculate the results? Talk about whining. Your resistance to Sedona’s most recent scam speaks much louder than what you put in writing.

  12. JJ says:

    The city of Sedona has a credability problem. When you get survey results it is more likely a lie.

  13. JJ says:

    Red Rock News has a credability problem. When you get a srvey result it is more likely a lie.

  14. Newcomer says:

    Unsure why you think your “entitled” money from bed tax people…
    As I said before I don’t see that or the chamber on my tax bill.

    Taxes we pay!!!???

    Are you kidding me? The small amount of taxes I pay here is insignificant compared to other states. I There was a post on SE that showed when it comes to the Federal Govt, AZ receives much more then it GIVES to keep my taxes artificially low!!

    Thank you other states that are givers.

    One more thing…..you people just enjoy bashing all things Sedona and live to complain about everything.

    So if other people that live elsewhere read SE. we are not all crybaby’s . Some of actually love it here and are not stupid faultfinders.

    Thank you

  15. Sedona Attracts LLL says:

    Quality of life has diffidently changed in Sedona and the greater Sedona area. Sedona was 30 years ago an exclusive beautiful location with dark skies, great small town charm.
    Some of the greater Sedona residents thought it was good to incorporate the region and get $$$$ from the tourists. Many were fooled saying they may get the houses condemned because of the lack of sewer systems. Those in the greater Sedona region (same as School & Fire districts) voted NO WAY. So it incorporated as a spec in the middle of those districts. Hence creating the first SMOKE & confusion of Sedona residents. After the voters in the greater Sedona region turn down incorporation those supporting incorporation reworked the incorporated area. Then it incorporated.
    Wikipedia says it best (post below)

    TIME TO MAKE CHANGES FOLKS-ELIMINATE outside SPECIAL INTERESTS
    VOTE OUT EVERY SITTING COUNCIL PERSON that sits on the CURRENT COUNCIL. They have ruined SEDONA and driven Low Life Losers here.

    VOTE NO on homerule and FORCE them to play fair.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedona,_Arizona
    Government[edit]
    Politically, Uptown Sedona, the Gallery District and the Chapel area (all in Coconino County) and West Sedona (in Yavapai County) form the City of Sedona. Founded in 1902, it was incorporated as a city in 1988. The unincorporated Village of Oak Creek, 7 miles (11 km) to the south and well outside the Sedona city limits, is a significant part of the Sedona community.

  16. BJ says:

    Keep on loving the going trend in Sedona. Good for you. Production of “sanctuary city” in motion. And the influx of more California residents making the trek to Arizona will continue and include Sedona. Compared to high cost of living in CA Sedona cost of living is a bargain even without alleged “affordable” housing. And for a 101 course in Running for Sedona City Council check out the latest RRN editorial. It explains in detail how it’s done here and the underlying message is to get THEIR APPROVAL!!! (as if we didn’t already know that)

  17. @BJ says:

    Will add one thing to your comment. once here people from California and/or elsewhere want to change Sedona to become exactly what they had before relocating. Go figure!! (and they most likely are the ones who keep writing how much they LOVE it here because slowly but surely it’s turning into Sedona’s version of Nightmare on Elm Street)

  18. @BJ says:

    Oh boy

    Thanks for proving the point made by Newcomer..
    Take a breath……man

    You hate spills over and your reason for life seems to complain ..

  19. @@BJ and other Takers says:

    Yes the people paying taxes from California and elsewhere has made it possible for you “Takers” in AZ to keep you taxes artificially low..

    So when they move to Sedona they should make. It in their own image since they have been “carrying” you financially and still all you do is complain. You should just say thank you.

    http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arizona-among-states-most-reliant-on-federal-government-6627939

  20. BJ says:

    Thanks to comments from BOTH @BJ’s in particular the one who helped prove my point with the “hate spills over and your reason for life” as it sooooo applies to that person who posted it. (probably one of the transplants from CA or the east coast who so love to change things here to what they chose to get away from).

    Ya made my day by your predictable response to which you will most likely do the same with my comment here. Hate? breath deeply and read your own words.

  21. Ron W. says:

    Question for those who continue to criticize Arizona for something having to do with not paying federal taxes or something and other states paying our way? @@BJ and other Takers and @Newcomer(s) etal.

    Once again why are you here in Arizona then and why Sedona? You make no sense. And further what in the world does your point have to do with the questionable survey and Sedona’s quality of life, subject of the above article?

  22. steve Segner says:

    Newcomer says:
    January 17, 2018 at 6:30 am
    Unsure why you think your “entitled” money from bed tax people…
    As I said before I don’t see that or the chamber on my tax bill
    Newcomer, the only significant tax residents pay to Sedona city is sales tax, and not of food like cottonwood. The just hate the idea that sedona is funded by visitors and the marketing program is funded by bed tax. Happy to drop bed tax, hotels would love it lets just have a city property tax, nothing is free.

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