I thought the bond election was over until I saw the Republic dredged it up again today. Some notable quotes from today’s article:
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said,
“The efforts to discredit the process and discredit the city in its effort to fund capital projects is one [reason for election defeat of the bonds] for sure.”
Scottsdale Vice-Mayor Virginia Korte said,
“There was a lot of misinformation around these bond projects. And so the important thing for the next one is to have broad spectrum of support for it. That includes some individuals on the council.”
And my favorite Scottsdale City Council woman Linda Milhaven said,
The “no” campaign was “based on misrepresentation, hyperbole and fearmongering” and “influenced some voters.”
No matter how much the Scottsdale Republic and the spend-and-tax caucus on the City Council want you to believe it, the main reasons this was defeated are:
- Staff, the mayor, and the council weren’t honest in their assertions about the need for the bond and how that need arose (their own neglect of good governance).
- They weren’t honest about the way the items were presented for approval.
- They weren’t honest about the restrictions on the way the bonds funds would be spent.
- They weren’t very nice about it.
All the no-bond campaign tried to do was bring these facts to light. Whatever little success we had at that probably was only a small part of why the bonds were defeated.