I received this message indirectly from someone who is using a mutual friend as a middleman rather than just saying it to me.
…the tenor and fervor of the opposition to the Bond sure helped make people distrustful of government etc. It is just grievous that the override failed. I was just falling in love with Scottsdale. Now I have to watch our great city fall behind.
Instead of opposing the bonds and override, all that hateful rhetoric could have fought for good. If it would cost me $100 a year to contribute to our share place, I gladly will pay. We are an affluent town that should gladly spend on infrastructure.
This is a case of microcosm, microcosm. We all love driving on safe roads, and priding ourselves on great schools.
No one lives on their own island.
I feel sad and disappointed over these votes.
All of you who fought against it, shame on you.
As I have explained to this woman at least a dozen times via hours’ worth of carefully composed email messages, the Scottsdale Unified School District is not a department of the City of Scottsdale. It is an independent political subdivision of the State of Arizona. The city bond election had nothing to do with the override election. Yet, she’s obviously still confused.
No one—I repeat, no one—from Keep Scottsdale Special or anyone affiliated with us opposed the SUSD “override.” In fact, we took great pains to distinguish between the CoS bonds and the SUSD override. I sent several messages explaining the difference. I also made several calls and sent several emails to the Yes for Children committee suggesting improvements to their campaign messaging.
Furthermore, most of the folks who are trying desperately to blame KSS for the failure of the override never lifted a finger to provide any real help to the SUSD override committee.
It is the zenith of ignorance and irony for anyone to accuse or imply that the failure of the override is anyone’s fault but their own.
“Hateful rhetoric?” I guess she didn’t attend any of the forums where bond supporters leveled personal attacks against their more fiscally prudent opponents, who were only trying to get out the facts of the ballot language and legal realities of the ballot questions.
I’m reminded of a recent Quote of the Day from Emerson:
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
“Watch our great city fall behind?” I have news for you…we are ALREADY behind, and that has nothing to do with the failure of the bond election. It’s because the mayor and his cronies are so busy giving our tax dollars to their friends. The don’t have time or money left to pay attention to infrastructure. And you still aren’t “distrustful of government?” Do you really trust these folks with MORE of your money?
If so…as for your offer to pay $100/year, make your check payable to:
Jeff Nichols, City Treasurer
City of Scottsdale Finance Dept
7447 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251