From opponent to supporter: Littlefield encourages “yes” vote on Scottsdale bond package

There’s a myth that fiscal conservatives oppose any and all city spending plans. The truth is we believe in only smart and prudent use of taxpayer dollars, spent only as necessary to maintain and improve the special character and high quality of life in Scottsdale.

Kathy Littlefield

Kathy Littlefield

The Scottsdale bond package going before voters on Nov. 3 fits that criteria. As a fiscal conservative, I am asking Scottsdale residents to study the six bond questions and consider voting “yes” on Scottsdale’s bond proposals.

I speak from experience. In 2013 I was proud to lead the successful opposition to an inflated spending plan that totaled $212 million. Since then I was elected to the Scottsdale City Council in part to ensure fiscal responsibility. City Hall got the message.

That is why this new and reduced $96 million bond package is before you: It contains only city infrastructure needs that are critical to Scottsdale’s future. It covers the basics. No frills. No waste.

The plan would modernize Scottsdale police headquarters and would expand and upgrade the city jail, something that hasn’t been done since 1971. The bond package builds two new fire stations and upgrades existing stations, bringing our fire stations back in line with national standards.

There are also questions that allocate monies for repaving streets citywide and improving key intersections to keep traffic moving.

Our parks and lakes would get some much-needed attention. Buildings at four of our parks do not meet current standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act. That’s not acceptable. Nor is the dilapidated state of chemical treatment facilities and outdated chlorine systems that maintain our pools.

Scottsdale has one of the lowest property tax rates in the Valley and taxes will remain that way if this bond package is passed. The timing is right. Interest rates are at historic lows so borrowing money now rather than later when rates go up will save taxpayer dollars.

If we wait, costs will increase and necessary city infrastructure will suffer.

The voters sent Scottsdale a message two years ago that wasteful spending won’t be tolerated. Now that City Hall has learned its lesson, I am urging voters to support this responsible, modest spending request as outlined in this reduced and defined spending plan. By law, authorized bond money only can be spent on projects itemized in each voter-approved question. You will know where and how your tax dollars are used.

Now that the economy is improving, we need to ensure Scottsdale maintains its reputation for having the best quality possible in terms of living standards and special character.

Its city services, streets, infrastructure, parks, and public safety all play a role in that quality of life. If this bond package is rejected, it would be a major setback to our quality of life, public safety and property values.

It’s been 15 years since voters in Scottsdale passed a bond issue. That’s a good thing. It shows Scottsdale spends money only when it is necessary and when it is practical. Right now, we are at the intersection of necessity and practicality.  It is time to act.

Invest in our City’s future: Vote “yes” on Scottsdale’s bond package.

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