Graham: The time is now to invest in Scottsdale

It’s time to invest in Scottsdale.

Barry Graham

Barry Graham

It has been 15 years since we approved bonds for our city. I don’t believe we can afford to wait any longer to improve our streets, parks and public safety facilities as well as address many more of our city’s most critical needs.

As Scottsdale voters, we have that opportunity on election day, Nov. 3. Early voting for the 2015 six-question bond proposal is already underway.

The proposed investment of $96 million will be financed with 20-year bonds and only cost the owner of an average priced ($371,000) Scottsdale home $3.55 a month.

One-third of the new property tax will be paid by commercial property owners.
David Smith, the city’s former city treasurer and current councilman, calculated the breakdown of the monthly $3.55 into the six bond categories:

  • Question 1: Parks and Recreation — $1.18
  • Question 2: Transportation — 62 cents
  • Question 3:  Citywide Technology — 25 cents
  • Question 4:  Street Pavement Replacements — 46 cents
  • Question 5:  Public Safety (Fire) — 60 cents
  • Question 6:  Public Safety (Police) — 44 cents

The $3.55 per month is a modest amount. It is also a wise investment that will pay dividends for Scottsdale’s future — such as helping increase our property values, preserving our quality of life and enhancing our city’s appeal to visitors who contribute to our economy and keep our taxes some of the lowest in the Valley.

The bonds voters approved 15 years ago have run out and been repaid. This year’s bond package specifically targets our city’s most pressing needs that we can no longer postpone.

Now is the time, Scottsdale!

As a long-time resident of Scottsdale and a certified public accountant, I have scrutinized all six questions on the ballot. I urge you to carefully review the value of the bond projects and consider how important they are for you, your family and the future of Scottsdale.

I ask you to join me and many others in voting “yes” for all six bond questions. For more information, visit

Editor’s note: Mr. Graham is chair of the “Yes to Scottsdale Bonds 2015” committee.

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