Taxpayers Speaking Out: Vote ‘no’ on 2015 Scottsdale bond proposal

As residents of Scottsdale, we are totally opposed to any form of tax increase the city opts to impose. Governments at all levels always say they need more money.

Ardith Hildebrandt

Ardith Hildebrandt

The city by law can raise our taxes 2-3 percent a year but hasn’t done it in recent years. Why do you think that is? Answer: Because they would then be blamed for raising our taxes and it would be used against them in the next election. So, if they can convince us to raise our own taxes by voting for these bond questions, they can have their cake and eat it to.

When a city is incorporated and levies taxes, it is to provide for the “running” of the city. Streets are part of the understood on-going maintenance that the city needs to plan and budget for. The verbiage in Question 4 is to “Replace 140 miles of deteriorated pavement on City streets. The council tells us if we don’t vote ourselves this tax increase we will be driving on “streets like they have in Chicago.”

If their streets are anything like their murder rate, they must be in terrible shape. I drive around Scottsdale a lot and do not find our streets in such bad condition. Here again, it is another scare tactic like “closing libraries, etc.” Sorry, but we are not falling for the city’s rhetoric on Question 4 or any of the other 5 questions.

If the council can spend $4.5 million each year on the Cultural Council to run a theater with declining attendance, a museum that almost no one attends and a declining public art program and give investor golfer Phil Mickelson a $2 million subsidy for his McDowell Mountain golf course project, then we say the city is not properly managing the tax money they already collect from us.

Why would anyone want to give them more money?

When are we, as residents, going to step up to our responsibility and hold our elected officials accountable? We wouldn’t turn over our check book/credit card to our teenager and never check up to see how they were spending our money, so why should we so willingly let our elected representatives operate without accountability?

We need to wake up and do our part as responsible citizens to make our government accountable to those who elected them. That is one of the reason’s we formed a political action campaign — TaxpayersSpeakingOut.com — to help in this fight against the Scottsdale bonds. If you feel as we do, please go to the web site and make a donation. If you would like a sign “No Bond Tax” to put in your yard, please call 480-818-8851 and leave a message with your address and we will get one installed for you.

If you are interested in getting involved with a group that is focused on holding our elected responsible, please go to AzRA2016.com. Find out what we are all about and join us to help make a difference.

Editor’s note: Ms. Hilderbrandt is a Scottsdale resident and president of North East Maricopa County Chapter Arizona Republican Assembly

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