Manross on the Bonds

This column appeared in the Scottsdale Republic this morning. There’s nothing new here, just tired, re-hashed sales pitch material:

  • ‘It’s been a long time since we had a bond,’
  • ‘We need to invest in our infrastructure’ (which begs the question, why have we NOT been doing that?),
  • ‘don’t confuse Preserve debt with municipal bond debt’ (this is actually General Obligation bond debt, perhaps the writer is confusing Municipal Property Corporation debt, which IS the same as Preserve debt),
  • ‘We have a great credit rating’ (is that a reason to borrow money?)

Astonishingly, the writer still believes we have a balanced budget! For the record, we had an $8.4 million structural deficit last year, and we have a $9 million structural deficit this year!

‘Yes’ vote on bond questions is investment in quality of life

Scottsdale enjoys good business climate

To paraphrase the late Green Bay Packers football coach Vince Lombardi: The quality of a com­munity is in direct proportion to its commitment to excellence.

We all live in Scottsdale because it offers us a very high quality of life. Those who came before us had a vision and were willing to invest in it.

My family and I have lived here since 1972. Long before becoming mayor, I worked on bond elections and witnessed firsthand how critically important they are to the health and success of our community.

Scottsdale has effectively imple­mented bond programs because we carried out a deliberate, thoughtful, citizen-driven process to determine what projects were most important to our safety and our quality of life. We also put into place an oversight com­mittee to make sure all funds were spent wisely and only for those pro­jects that citizens voted to support.

These same steps were taken to put the 2013 Quality of Life bond proposal on the ballot.

We all understand the necessity of investing in our own households to maintain a safe and quality environ­ment in which to live. The exact same principle applies to our community. It is imperative that we continue to im­prove our streets, parks, flood-control systems, public safety, libraries and other community facilities.

Due to Scottsdale’s ongoing AAA bond rating, low property-tax rate, and favorable interest-rate climate, it is the appropriate time to undertake these improvements.

The city continues to have a bal­anced budget and carries a very rea­sonable and manageable amount of debt, while keeping property taxes com­petitive and low.

Do not confuse municipal bond debt with the McDowell Sonoran Preserve debt! Critics conve­niently never mention that the preserve has a “dedicated” revenue stream to fund land purchases, trail­heads and improvements. That means this extraordinary community amenity does not, in any way, negatively impact the city’s general-fund budget or its bond ratings.

Our Preserve, which encompasses one-third of our city in beautiful, natu­ral open space, has repeatedly been strongly supported by our residents at the ballot box, which created that ded­icated revenue stream. Therefore, Scottsdale continues to enjoy excellent bond ratings and maintain a balanced budget, even while building a “one-of-­a-kind” Preserve.

It has been 13 years since the city last approved a municipal bond pro­gram. It is time to reinvest in our es­sential services and systems.

I urge my friends, neighbors and all fellow citizens to vote yes on all four questions on the ballot to preserve our special quality of life here in Scotts­dale.

Mary Manross is a former Scottsdale mayor.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Mayor Manross: She wins the award for making Scottsdale and Camelback look the most like Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard plus strangely her auto accident in 2007 (for which she was ticketed) went unreported for a couple of months. Hmmmmm….

    Our other female genius mayor Campana, who also endorses the bonds, received national criticism once when she dialed 911 from her car, not because she was involved in an emergency, but only to ask for directions. Duh!

    I hope that everyone who reads the recommendations of these two regarding the election keeps in mind the airhead factor involved.

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