The election returns are in and the four city bond tax items on the ballot were defeated by a collective 60-40 margin! This despite the fact that the pro-bond-tax campaigns outspent Keep Scottsdale Special in Opposition to Questions 1, 2, 3 & 4 by 80-1. Thanks to all of you for your grassroots campaigning against higher spending. Clearly it was all of you calling, emailing and talking with your friends and neighbors that made the difference in this campaign.
The resounding defeat of these bonds, along with the 2012 defeat of the General Plan update, makes it clear that the current City Council majority is way out of touch with the voters. Hopefully this will wake them up and motivate them to start listening to their constituents instead of the special interests whose campaign contributions put them in office - especially those who are running for re-election next year!
Along those lines Councilmembers Bob Littlefield and Guy Phillips are already proposing ways the Council can cut current spending to fund the few truly worthy projects that were included in the defeated bonds. Hopefully the rest of the Councilmembers will be motivated to listen to these proposals, but I fear they may be tempted to resort a "get even" approach when trying to find the needed money through budget cuts. We need to remind them the voters showed a clear preference for funding public safety first and that we are still watching what they do!
However, for today let's rejoice - Scottsdale voters spoke and won!
Kathy Littlefield, Chairperson
Keep Scottsdale Special in Opposition to Questions 1, 2, 3 & 4.