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Eddie Maddock: To Buy or Not To Buy

SedonaEye.com columnist Eddie Maddock reports on the Sedona closed to the public March 24, 2020 City Council Meeting.

Sedona AZ – Due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic mandate requiring individuals to remain socially distanced by at least ten feet, the Sedona City Council meeting on March 24, 2020 was, perhaps as an understatement, peculiar if not downright eerie. In center seat at the dais as usual was Mayor Sandy Moriarty flanked by City Councilwoman Jessica Williams in her typical end seat far to the Mayor’s left and Councilman John Currivan seated at the opposite end. Vice Mayor John Martinez and remaining Council members, Bill Chisholm and Scott Jablow, were strategically located in seats generally occupied by Sedona residents. At the onset of the meeting Mayor Moriarty acknowledged that in conforming to the proclamation of March 18, 2020, this City Council Meeting would not be open to the public in compliance with Coronavirus restrictions.

In order to address some public concerns, Councilman Currivan made the request for more discussion relating to consent agenda AB 2570 – Approval of a Resolution authorizing a Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement for the City of Sedona to purchase the property located at 430 Forest Road (APN 401-160-71) located in Coconino County, City of Sedona, Arizona, for the sum of $480,000 for use as a parking structure. Specifically he cited concerns relating to a possible scope of unknown results, particularly with regard to the potential for economic decline and even a recession.

With current lodging occupancy dropping 70% to 75%, essentially shuttered restaurants except for takeout or delivery and other businesses slipping toward the brink of closing and, with Sedona’s primary source of revenue, its sales tax obviously in jeopardy, wasn’t Councilman Currivan’s question exceptionally timely and appropriate?

City Manager Justin Clifford, however, offered assurance that necessary funds could safely be transferred from Uptown parking meter proceeds and purchasing the property at this time would preserve the ability to maintain progress on a long term project: Providing Sedona with a much needed parking structure.

Sedona AZ Forest Road viewpoint – Exclusive SedonaEye.com photo credit Eddie S. Maddock 2019

A stipulation in the 430 Forest Road Real Estate Purchase and Sale Agreement between the City of Sedona, Buyer, and Daniel E. Saunders, Trustee of the Daniel Saunders Revocable Trust, Seller, included agreement that no commissions shall be paid and Buyer (City) agrees to leaseback the Property to Seller at no cost for a period of up to nine (9) months from the date of the Agreement. Both parties agreed to employ Empire West Title Company as the Escrow, and enhanced the affirmation that neither party has contracted with, retained or otherwise employed a real estate broker relative to this Agreement.

Motion to approve was unanimous by Sedona City Council.

Therefore, the second of two transactions to create an Uptown parking facility is now in progress. The first, of course, is the land presently owned by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, allegedly to be deeded to the City of Sedona at some future date.

Is that not a catchy phrase? “At some future date” who will be seated on the Sedona City Council? Who will be the City Manager? Sedona has been advertising for another City Attorney, and likewise there will be a turnover of other staff members.

Will this well-meaning transaction ultimately be justified, or down the road stifled with redirection for purposes unrelated to the stated cause for which it was purchased?

Or eventually will that questionable acquisition slip through the cracks and become a permanent, but unwarranted asset of a Chamber of Commerce, obligated to serve only their members, many outside Sedona City Limits and not contributing to the city tax base.

But most of all, when and if Sedona merchants including the lodging industry fail to produce adequate revenue to maintain even the barest essentials at City Hall, what will be the source of funding?

Sedona residents sit back and consume a breath of fresh air and sigh with relief. We do NOT have a Sedona property tax. You see in the darkest of times there is always something for which to be grateful, and in Sedona one really needn’t look too far.

257 Comments

  1. Rob says:

    Can the city and council be sued by residents for delayed action to close tourism advertising and promotion of group events that aide tourism?

  2. @Rob says:

    Anybody can sue anybody for anything so the story goes. A class action lawsuit would be a great way to at least get their attention. The city doesn’t like legal action and it would be interesting to know just how many law suits have been filed against the city and kept a secret. At least one former employee prevailed in such a situation.

    As for the really stupid comment from that Segner fellow about the city council meeting tomorrow, just why couldn’t that referenced agenda item be used for opening dialog to many other related subjects including potential loss of tax revenue? Seems like a no brainer to people with brains and those who have witnessed how they manage to manipulate and wiggle preferred issues into their discussions. It’s frequently accomplished by assigning staff to look into and investigate off-the-wall issues. Isn’t that, after all, how the gawd awful highway uptown has turned into one disaster after another since City of Sedona took ownership from ADOT?

  3. Sammy the Psychic says:

    “To buy or not to buy?” How about “Will they or won’t they?”

    City Council Agenda Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 4:30 PM

    “Regular Business a. AB 2571 Discussion/possible direction regarding issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the City’s response.”

    Any bets on whether or not during the above agenda item the chamber of commerce and/or lodging council will or will not be brought into the discussion? And if not in public, are there any doubts about whether or not the CEO/Pres of C of C and/or Mouthpiece for the Lodging Council have already been made privy to and contributed to the subject? Do you suppose a suggested solution might possibly include reduced financing to the C of C’s unwarranted recipients of millions of Sedona tax revenue? Ha – fat chance IMO!

    A wonderful opportunity is at hand to cut the cord from the great give-away to an undeserving and questionable “non-profit” that’s never been held accountable. A chance to turn a real lemon into lemonade during a period of economic disaster? Will they or won’t they?

  4. Aaron Thompson says:

    Sammy the Pyschic, you are so correct about the opportunity at hand, and suggesting that the outcome will, once again, be business as usual.

    I’m afraid that we are stuck with inexperienced city management and a city council that doesn’t bother to put in the effort to really think about what they can do differently. They just go along with whatever the city managers tell them.

    There are people in this world who are able to emerge from adversity stronger and smarter, because they take the lesson at hand and think deeply about what needs to change in order to make something better out of changed circumstances.

    Unfortunately, that cannot happen in Sedona because we are stuck with city management and a city council that refuses to spend one erg of brain energy to see things in a new way.

  5. Steve Segner says:

    Get ready, not tomorrows city council meeting but get ready the city and state are going to fund the rebuilding of Sedona tourism, it pays 80% of the bills and employees 10,000+ and all the funds will come from visitors.
    Bitch and mone all you want the city councils job is to run the city and the city need tax income. Go the meeting and ask the city stop tourism, go for it,you could ask a city tax….. it is going to happen Sedona belongs to everyone not locals. as I type this governer Ducey is stating he will work with local cities to bring back visitors.

  6. Steve Segner says:

    Sammy the Psychic says Do you suppose a suggested solution might possibly include reduced financing to the C of C’s unwarranted recipients of millions of Sedona tax revenue? Ha – fat chance IMO! Well for once you are correct….

    People, you think the state and city council are not going to fund a program to bring back visitors? You live in one of the most popular tourist areas in America and 10,000 and hundreds of businesses depend out tourism and the city depends on tourism to fund the upkeep of your city. Let’s all remember all funding for marketing comes from the bed tax not locals. Locals are getting free ride….. enjoy it.
    Sammy really you need to use a made-up name?

  7. B Mone says:

    Sure stevie, but , but what if they don’t come back? Will you bitch and mone when Sedona is still empty in the fall? Karma stevie. You said she was a b****. Do the right thing and she is not. But cross her, and find out.
    Karma is here stevie.

  8. Sammy the Psychic says:

    You are correct about one thing @Steve Segner. Sedona is one of the most popular tourist tourist areas in America – in fact maybe even the world. However it’s because of the beauty of the area and not because of ego-inflated individuals with the chamber of commerce, lodging council, city staff or city council.

    It was well known even prior to incorporation and the reason for incorporation was to control development and NOT throw millions of dollars with the likes of amateurs at the chamber of commerce to promote only their members.

    It’s BS and once and for all it’s time to drop the nonsense. No more wasted city revenue on the Chamber of Commerce to act as an “agent” on behalf of Sedona. Its’ a “regional” member driven organization nothing else!

  9. Bettye says:

    Did you notice how the city suddenly got very quiet the moment the pandemic began?

    Many governments and businesses leaders are announcing they are cutting their own pay because of the financial affects of the pandemic while the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and city “leadership” have announced … uh, nothing. Crickets.

    Good job protecting your own (self) interests, guys and gals!

  10. Sedona City Residents says:

    Foolishly we took the suggestion to watch the city council meeting. It actually went quite well, with the city manager doing most of the presentation. It was very different not seeing the meeting in council chambers but, instead, all on screen from their own “space” (wherever). City attorney was available but only as called upon for a legal opinion.

    Considering the seriousness of the session relating to the coronavirus, it actually seemed as if they would stick to the subject. Much of the discussion related to Arizona State policies and the mayor discussed participation in shared conferences with the governor.

    They almost got through it until toward the end and city manager, Justin Clifton, just couldn’t seem to refrain from dragging in Jennifer Wesselhoff’s name in conjunction with economic development director Molly Spangler’s trips to Phoenix to plead Sedona’s case.

    Translated, taking advantage of the undeserved importance this city government continues to bestow on a nonprofit members only association that has NO BUSINESS acting on behalf of Sedona residents. Those people who continue to practice this unheard of nonsense really need to go elsewhere. In our opinions it’s almost as sickening as the virus.

  11. steve Segner says:

    Sammy the Psychic say
    However it’s because of the beauty of the area and not because of ego-inflated individuals with the chamber of commerce, lodging council, city staff or city council.

    Sammy, you seem you have personal issue “ego-inflated individuals ” what does that have to do with anything but you? The issue is Sedona is a tourist town and will be marketing to get business up and running, the city council and the hotels are happy with the job the chamber is doing. You don’t like it, go to a city council meeting and say how the chamber and city are run by “ego-inflated individuals with the chamber of commerce, lodging council, city staff or city council.”
    incorporation and the reason for incorporation was to control development, yes and the city council does that is how it works. get over it or move

  12. Bettye says:

    The city council meeting performance was sickening. Why does an economic development director even have a job right now? Lay her off and then rehire her in two years, if needed, when it might be possible to “develop” Sedona’s economy.

    Harvard University epidemiologists and a number of respected economists and business leaders say it will be at least a year and half before things get back to a sort-of “normal,” and that “normal” will look different than it did last year. If a vaccine is ready by early 2021, which is what Johnson and Johnson is hoping, it will still take many months to roll it out to everyone. The CDC director says another big wave of coronavirus should be expected this winter.

    Why does Jennifer Wesselhoff have a job right now? Why doesn’t the city manager take a pay cut along with the assistant city manager, who is not really an assistant city manager because she’s also the development director, take a pay cut? If you think everyone on the city payroll is working 40 hours a week from home during the pandemic (doing what, exactly?), I’ve got a parking garage in Uptown to sell you (for double the actual value).

    The comments of certain members of the Lodging Council telling people to “leave” or “move” when they disagree with the city giveaway to them and their greedy friends is a perfect example of their arrogance. I have a right to live here and to express my opinion and thank God there are others who refuse to follow along like sheep with the city council members who are asleep at the wheel, and have been for a long time.

  13. @Sammy the Psychic says:

    when you wrote: “It was well known even prior to incorporation and the reason for incorporation was to control development”. Perhaps that was your version but you’d be wrong. The main reason to incorporate was that the community at the time was mandated by ADEQ to build a sewer plant and because the community was split between two counties the community needed to incorporate in order to have this needed service. I know because I was here; sad at the time but it took 2 votes to get it done.

  14. WhooWho & Zippety DooDah says:

    How long did it take for one of the high profile “ego-inflated” individuals to respond to @ Sammy the Psychic? One hour & fifteen minutes!

    Good job, Sammy!

  15. Donna says:

    I moved to a beautiful little city in the red rocks of Arizona called Sedona. It was considered a resort town.

    This beautiful resort town – city had high quality galleries, hotels, resorts where people enjoyed the beauty and quality. They stayed for a week or two. Saw many people who came back year after year.

    Then I heard from the chamber as they approached me. They told me wanted to be like San Diego and deserved all the city bed and sales tax. I said “say what? why would a chamber deserve taxes?” Your a business association of members. They claimed that they brought all the tourist here. Complete BS the only thing I got from the Chamber is the request for FREE product and inflated tiered membership fees. The Chamber should focus on their members.

    Did you know the chambers members dues haven’t increased in 14 years according to their tax returns? Why is it the CEO got a 40% raise in one year? Where is the code of ethics? Conflict of interests? Why don’t the business owners get to vote?

    When the city gifted the chamber millions of imposed city-taxes to a regional-chamber who members primarily do-not collect city- taxes, without the vote if the in-city is when Sedona cheapen itself and became a “tourist town”

    Our “Resort Town” flew out with the millions of Taxpayers dollars to the sedona chamber.

  16. Mike Campbell says:

    I moved to Sedona when it was a beautiful resort town. I’m moving away from Sedona the tourist trap. Does anyone want to live in a tourist trap?

  17. Steve segners says:

    Donna says:
    Did you know the members of the chamber dues haven’t increased in 14 years according to their tax returns? Why is it the CEO got a 40% rise in one year? Where is the code of ethics? Conflict of interests? Why don’t the business owners get to vote?

    Donna, the chamber is not a city or state identity it is a business group and the members make policy and set pay….. if you were smart you could make the money like Jennifer does. but you are just jealous. Donna, you have no idea what Jennifer makes, hope that helps get a job….

  18. Snively, Jen and Karen. says:

    “if you were smart you could make the money” like we do. We have the city council conned and they are too dense to notice. They believe we are professionals, what a hoot. We really had to work the last election, but there was a third mayor candidate that killed the election chances for those that had a clue.

    Hope this helps !!

  19. Donna says:

    Trade associations tax returns are public.

    Copied from 2017 tax returns form 990
    Sedona Chamber of Commerce

    Jennifer Wesselhoff 40 ————————– President & CEO 0 X 138,509.

  20. Eddie S. Maddock says:

    @@Sammy the Psychic. This is to acknowledge the rumor for incorporation was, indeed, due to the need for a wastewater treatment plant because Oak Creek had been designated as a protected waterway. It was also used as a scare tactic and threat that our properties would be condemned without it. Only a few perhaps were aware the real reason was because of a moratorium on new development without implementation of the WTP.

    As a resident of Broken Arrow Vista to this date we are not connected to the sewer. Having diligently prepaid the $2,500 connection fee only to witness development of Mystic Hills and Hillside Shops to mention only two on this east side of Sedona, West Sedona development exploded.

    As capacity continued to be reported as over-extended, it occurred to me to reclaim my deposit after having lost interest on the $2,500 for several years. Others in this area who in good faith prepaid also recovered their investment. And since that occurred it’s common knowledge in this area we will NEVER be connected to the plant.

    What more proof is needed that the hoax for incorporation because of lack of a central sewage treatment was a scam. It was all about development then and the trend continues to this day.

  21. @Eddie Maddock says:

    It’s interesting what you phrase as a rumor is really just your opinion. For whatever the reason the Broken Arrow section of town never received the sewer doesn’t mean that back in the day what ADEQ told the people in charge was a scare tactic as you say. Obviously, things have changed and as you said you were repaid your $2,500. You seem to always hold grudges against the city when in fact, it is ADEQ that said Oak Creek had been designated as a protected waterway so your beef is with the ADEQ NOT THE CITY OF SEDONA. I really pray that you will move on and enjoy your life more. I remember that back in the day, you ran a t.v. show that specialized in calling people on carpet, did you ever investigate ADEQ back than and open everyone’s eyes to what you call, scare tactics?

  22. Mike Campbell says:

    The city and chamber are riddled with bureaucratic incompetence. The city has become a jobs and income redistribution project. The residents of Sedona had no problem building a paid for library before the city was incorporated.

    The biggest insult to residents is gifting the Greater Sedona Chamber over $2 million to teach about sustainability.

    We can only hope this shutdown drains enough tax revenue that the city is forced to cut spending or shut down. The voters could move to shut down the city, it can be done.

  23. Steve segner says:

    2017 that’s her salary in 2017 I asked what is it now ,you don’t know do you, you don’t know that people have taken pay , cuts you don’t know the people of been laid off you don’t know anything except you’re jealous ,Dona time to move. And the rest of your people get over incorporation get over the sewers it was 30 years ago, Jesus why don’t you talk about the people you dated in high school what was that 70 years ago

  24. @@Eddie Maddock says:

    If what you say is true, Sedona residents should take their beef(s) about the sewer to ADEQ, then why is it the monthly statements we receive come from the City of Sedona? Are you saying the city is getting away with fraudulent billing?

  25. Jim Poole says:

    Back in the day I had a friend that worked at ADEQ. He came to Sedona routinely to inspect and take water samples. The confusion of incorporated city limits started at incorporation. Yes it was used to scare people into a yes vote. Just like the home rule won stating the library would close without a yes vote, ot how the community center or humane society….ect would go away.

    The bottom line is that the contamination came from up in the canyon all those faulty septics that are NOT part of the city. Guess what they never fix them. People still pee in slide rock and the issue gets swept under the red rocks. Some things never change in Sedona like the hoaxes and fake rr news. Self serving scams.

  26. Joan says:

    I think it is time for the cast of players who can’t pay for their own lodging advertising to move. If they were as great as they claim then they would be begging the city to pay their bills. Don’t you? There is no city that funds a membership with taxes for their exclusive use. Give it up Steve take your winnings and MOVE!!!!

    You talk out of both sides Steve. One time you are claiming the market the region, next the say their members pay the salary of CEO, then they claim the directors of their private members have the call, then the say the members rule. All bs lies in my opinion.

  27. John Daniels W Sedona says:

    @Joan

    Instead of demanding that someone like Segner who has actually given something to help improve our city instead of whining about how things used to be before the chamber or incorporation, those trains have long ago, left the station. Please go back to something that you really have a knack for (deleted by editor)

  28. Jess L says:

    When someone not holding a real job, meaning a job where failure has real costs, tells someone else to get a job or just move, they are just being stupid.

    At what point does stupidity become a sin?

    This is no idle question. Because the most pervasive and convincing reason I have found to not hold people accountable for their usual bad actions is stupidity.

    They are not really evil, even when they may accommodate evil things. They are mostly stupid.

    But surely, like most things in excess, stupidity becomes a sin when it is wanton in a careless manner, or even worse, purposeful. Habitual stupidity that favors the person who gives themselves over to it.

    Bureaucrats and politicians do not hold a real job, and constantly prove they are stupid.

  29. @John Daniels W Sedona says:

    Of course you would have that kind of opinion. All government paid and subsidized companies like the change that sedona city government so called management has implement. They created a fully sustainable payroll for themselves and their followers.

    Those that go along get a fine and rewarding in my opinion “kick it backs” while the businesses, flatlanders and residents pay.While most industries have been hurt by COVID-19 you people that are funded though taxpayers money still are getting paid.

    I along with many agree with the post that Sedona is no longer an charming Resort town. Congrats to you, Jen and Steve as Sedona is definitely a tourist trappy crap.

    So if I understand your statement correctly you believe that a group of non-city businesses who rally together and took around 30 million dollars from the taxpayers for their own personal use were-are more important than the actual workers like the maids, housekeepers, dishwashers cooks, tour guides, jeep drivers, store clerks, cashiers, and others workers than I feel sorry for you.

    The world has many beautiful places. People travel and make return trips to places that make them feel good. The numbers show that since you have given the chamber millions that the stays are shorter and return customers are lower. Don’t forget how in-city occupancy is lower but out of city limits is higher. It is the flatlanders, workers, residents and in city businesses that make the character and charm. Since you don’t like anyone who doesn’t go along. You people allow the regional chamber to get funded and speak for any in city business, are very overprotective of any of their members is a revealing.

    We all know how you feel and who you like as we can follow the money. Steve continuously tells people to move yet when he gets it back you run to defend him. sad…..transparent…..

  30. @ Jess L says:

    Brilliant!

  31. Marv, Sedona says:

    @John Daniels W Sedona – ” someone like Segner who has actually given something to help improve our city” Oh really? Surely you jest.

    What, pray tell, has “Segner” done that hasn’t been to benefit ONLY the members of the chamber of commerce, which presumably includes himself? Just based on his comments on Sedona Eye here he detests residents. Don’t believe it? Back track and check out his constant harping about us.

  32. Hans B. says:

    Jess L., you are correct that the city manager and his staff are not necessarily evil but, rather, mediocre. Maybe I wouldn’t call them “stupid,” but neither would I say they are especially bright. Average to below average, never having worked in an environment where they are called on to be better than just average, or below.

    The last city council meeting is a good example. The city manager essentially told the council he is waiting to hear from the state what to do next, and left it to his minion, Jennifer Wesselhoff, to “make Sedona’s case” to the state. And one of the council members, Jessica W., essentially only cared about “making the case” to the state.

    No discussion of new ideas, budget changes, or taking any opportunity to discuss what could be a great opportunity to think in new ways about what is best for Sedona residents instead of more tourist money. Just looking two inches in front of their noses until the time they can get back to business as usual. They have had two months of down time to conduct research into how other towns and cities do a better job or to come up with an approach to a new direction, but are too dull to know how to begin to pursue it.

    At the same time, while I won’t call them evil, I do call them unethical, self serving and uncaring. They do not care about Sedona residents. Only keeping the tourism spigots open to benefit themselves.

  33. Monk the Fish says:

    I do enjoy reading Seggie attempting to carry water for the established civil service gentry here in Sedona! Swear to Jeebus, it’s like going to a 1920’s circus freakshow, paying “one thin dime” to see the tank of swimming civil servants, vying for 1325 words of brain-splitting BS. Clifton is a master of circular logic, with a supporting cast of councilors (mayor, too) that follow every word with the love of a entranced maiden.

  34. Marv, Sedona says:

    @John Daniels W Sedona – ” someone like Segner who has actually given something to help improve our city” Oh really? Surely you jest.

    What, pray tell, has “Segner” done that hasn’t been to benefit ONLY the members of the chamber of commerce, which presumably includes himself? Just based on his comments on Sedona Eye here he detests residents. Don’t believe it? Back track and check out his constant harping about us.

  35. Tom says:

    Ever time you drive up 89a from the y and see the lighting and the history plaques think Steve, he even dug the holes and bought the lights, with no city money, 8 to 10 years city historic commission and he pays to clean the cemeteries twice a year and heads up the lodging council and now is raising money and rooms to give away to supermarket employees.

  36. @Tom says:

    Yup Tom as the regular posters here just keep complaining and making stuff up Congrats people you must be very proud of your contributions ad Nauseam

  37. @Tom says:

    I got it. “Ever time” i think eyesore and tourist trap, I should think Steve.

  38. Tom? Steve? One and the same? Their style of writing surely appears to be the same. My vote goes for the @Tom: “ever time” – “eyesore and tourist trap” – yup!

    Has anyone ever seen people walking that path and reading those signs? Why would they? Most people are captivated by the red rock formations to the east. What a waste and tacky demonstration. What happened to Keep Sedona Beautiful and their efforts to prevent that type of degradation?

  39. @Tom says:

    Steve, savior of Sedona. The bumper to bumper traffic, the 10% drop in residents. The schools closing and drop in student enrollment. Among the highest sales taxes in the country. Steve, who takes care of cemeteries, how appropriate, one of the killers of Sedona.

    Steve, what a gift to Sedona you are !!

    Whenever I think of Steve, I try and think of something similar, I think of the IRS.

  40. Segner's secret Avatar says:

    I love my ole boi Segner. He’s about as a cheap leftist as Leon Trotsky…(deleted by editor). It makes for cringe-worthy commentary, despite the fact he’ll never get it.

  41. @ Tom negative responses says:

    Hey thanks for proving my point people or person. Keep up the negative I’m sure you are very unhappy in life!! Your life motto must be “find fault in all and make stuff up”.
    Congrats loser

  42. @ Tom negative responses says:

    @@ Tom negative responses…You are HILARIOUS !!! If you want to see a loser look in the mirror. You’re so transparent, trying to justify the cheap, illiterate Segner and the foul actions of the Chamber. Now that the tourists are gone, we can only hope you and Segner will follow. Unfortunately it will take a lot of time to undo the damage. This heals all wounds. Time wounds all heels.

    Karma is calling you. There is no escape.

  43. Refresh your memories says:

    Propaganda and the Chamber’s rise to power

    Whilst the JW and the SS played their part, the Chamber’s primarily focused on increasing their income through Taxpayer’s money and association legitimately. They did this through simple and effective propaganda.

    The Sedona Chamber started advocating clear messages tailored to a broad range of city and their problems. The propaganda aimed to exploit businesses – Cities’ fear of uncertainty and instability. These messages varied from “Tourism Bureau”, aimed at the working class and the fear of unemployment, to a “Sustainability” poster portraying the Chamber’s image and ideals regarding “quality of life”. Hotels and chamber’s members. Propaganda and the Chamber’s rise to power

    Hotels, Chamber members and City-employees also featured heavily in the Chambers propaganda as goddess of the Sedonan people.

    Propaganda and the Sedona Chamber rise to power – sound familiar? The model was repeated. Too many similarities.

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    Tax Deductions for Employee Lodging | Lawyers.com
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    The requirement that the lodging be for the employer’s convenience means the employer provides the lodging for a substantial business reason other than to provide a worker with additional pay or salary. As long as there is a substantial business reason for providing it, …

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  46. Old But Not Dead says:

    Sneaky B- – – – – – – -!

    No TV availability of Council Meeting today (6/9). And THEY cover their A- – – – – by having a “special” meeting Wednesday, (tomorrow) 6/10, to discuss with the regional but misnamed “Sedona” chamber of commerce how to pull “Sedona” out of the economic slump because of the coronavirus! Really? Out of sight! Out of control!

    City Council Members, your time and public money would be better spent on investing in a public hanging noose to accommodate those involved in the ongoing “SWEETHEART DEALS” you have with a MEMBER DRIVEN private club. That shame is worse than any imaginable virus. But of course, that’s just one guy’s opinion.

    “AB 2587 Discussion/possible direction regarding the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau’s (SCC&TB) Destination Recovery Plan, program of work, and proposed budget for FY21.”

  47. John Daniels W Sedona says:

    I’m sure all of the hurting businesses in town that need a helping hand now more than ever would really appreciate your selfish sentiment.

    Whomever you are, you sound like a sore loser from the 2018 election who only thinks of herself.

    You continue to not mention that the “sweetheart deals” comes from a special hotel tax NOT FROM ANY PROPERTY TAX.

  48. Steve segner says:

    Council meeting on line today , hope all of you got he see the presentation , line by line budget and summery of summer marketing, and 100% paid for by the bed tax .

  49. Joan says:

    When will the city grow up and stop paying the regional chamber?

    Since the city can’t manage the the city why should the keep all the layers of high paid mangers?

    If the city can’t have a open relationship with the businesses inside the city maybe they should eliminate the sales tax and bed tax. What are your thoughts?

    Would Sedona be a nicer place without any city imposed taxes?

  50. George Orwell says:

    “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims, but accomplices.” ~ Eric Arthur Blair, nom de plume George Orwell, Author of 1984

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