My votes 2/18/14


How I Voted 2/18/14

At last nights City Council Meeting I voted against the City loaning $245,000 to Mountainside Village Apartments for their proposed remodel project. (Item 10D) Passed 6-1
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Approval of Minutes from past meetings.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 7
Appointments
James Baker was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
PASSED 7-0
Two appointments to the Tourism Commission were made
Janis Russel
Suzan Shields
PASSED 7-0
Two vacancies for the Personnel Board but we only had one applicant
Corey Ringenberg was appointed
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 8
Liquor License Recommendation
Forwarded to the State with a recommendation to approval:
Lisa Dishman-McCulloch, “Nomads”, 19W. Phoenix Ave., Series 07 (beer and wine bar)
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 9
OUTSOURCE UTILTY BILLING to CITY of GOODYEAR
Consideration and Approval of Utilizing the Cooperative Purchase Agreement Through the Cityof Goodyear Contract # CON-12-2155: Utility Billing Services.
According to staff there were no local companies that offer this service. We were contracting with Tucson previously. Contracting with Goodyear will save about $10,000 per year. Goodyear contracts with InfoSend so we are pooling our resources together.
PASSED 7-0

LANDMARK OVERLAY ZONE ADDED, ITEMS 10A-C
(2nd read, see post from 2/4/14)
ITEM 10A
515 North San Francisco Street, aka theYeager House
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10B
19 West Phoenix Avenue, aka MotelDuBeau Travelers Inn and Hostel.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10C
400.16 acres of open space land known as Picture Canyon.
PASSED 7-0

ITEM 10D
CITY LOAN of $245,000 to Mountainside Village Apartments.
Mountainside Village Apartments is an existing 80-unit apartment complex financed under the LIHTC program providing rental housing to households at or below 60% of the Area Median Income (currently $37,300 for a household of four). The 5.5 acre site where Mountainside Village Apartments is located was purchased from the City in 1994 for the appraised value of $345,000. At that time, the City provided a loan for the purchase price of $345,000 for 30 years, at 3% interest, payable interest-only each month. Construction of the complex was completed in 1996 and consists of 50 two-bedroom units and 30 three-bedroom units. There are eight (8) apartment buildings, containing ten (10) units each and one office/laundry/maintenance s

I voted against this loan. It is my opinion that the City tax payers are not a bank and should not be lending to this private enterprise. This is a complex deal that came before us last year. Council granted the loan last year, I voted against the loan at that time as well. They ran into difficulties receiving additional financing and it fell apart. The company has since reformed, created new entities and is trying again.

PASSED 6-1, I voted against.

Item 14 Acceptance of Impact Fee Study
PASSED 5-1, I voted against. I’ll write more about this soon.

To/From

I requested an Emergency Housing Fund Increase due to potential forest closures this spring.


One thought on “My votes 2/18/14

  1. I cannot believe the City would loan money to a private business. That is not the job of City government. What about all the other businesses that might want such a loan! You are right to say that the City should not be in the business of being a bank or a landlord. I continue to be honored to have you as our councilman Jeff because you stand on principle. I am surprised that the other fiscally responsible council members did not vote no also.

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