Last Tuesday I voted no in accepting a grant from the TSA. I will not accept money from an agency with so many “alleged” constitutional and civil rights violations.
This Tuesday I am introducing a Resolution supporting Arizona House Bill 2573 which Rep Barton is a co-sponsor, which if passed would ban the state from providing “material support” or participation in “any way” with sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 which in my opinion and many others violates so many of our Constitutional, God given rights. If you believe the same you should let your voice be heard.
Today some of you may have seen the front page story in the AZ Daily Sun of which I was featured. As you know, I have been advocating for nine months to fix our streets and other infrastructure needs. I’ve been asking my colleagues and community members to change the way we budget and reassess our priorities.
I’ve asked to cut the number of employees by 5%. NO
I’ve asked to cut the number of highly paid management. NO
I’ve asked to sell some of our vast city property holdings. NO
I’ve asked to cut back on the amount we fund to non profits. NO
I’ve asked to utilize some of sustainability’s $1,200,000 annual fund. NO
I’ve asked to stop building tax payer funded spec homes and transfer the $1,200,000 back to the general fund. NO
I’ve asked that we not create phase two of a tax payer funded business incubator which already costs us hundreds of thousands from the general fund. NO
I’ve asked that we cut back on the amount of tax payer subsidized meals Council and upper management gets every year. No
I can go on for quite a while here. I think you get the point. The answer I often get, we can’t cut that or that only adds up to a couple hundred thousand and in general the response is….
NO, NO, NO.
So now I propose what many of you might not like and that is a two year, 1 cent sales tax which would raise $30,000,000 and fix our streets. Is this my first choice? No. But when I am being told NO to everything else, I must continue with finding solutions. Will people say no to this as well? Perhaps and I ask of them, what is your solution? I keep proposing solutions and keep hearing no.
The alternative is to just let our streets go which is what two members of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors suggested as an “option”. Let some of our paved roads revert to dirt! Is this the best plan out there? How can we say no to all those other options and seriously consider going back to dirt roads. Are we living in the Twilight Zone?
So while you may not like all of my options please know that I am working hard to find a solution but all I keep hearing is no. And I do not accept going back to the 1800’s with dirt roads as a viable option.
You can always voice your opinion…
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