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10/12/2010 1:25:00 PM
My Turn: Voters not being gamed; Prop. 401 offers Camp Verde a choice
Charlie German
Citizens Sales Tax Initiative Group

We would like to clear up any confusion concerning the Town Council's Proposition 400 and The Citizens' Sales Tax Initiative Proposition 401.

Prop. 400 is being placed before the voters by the Town Council to approve a one-cent sales tax for "municipal services" and with no expiration date. Proposition 401 is a Citizens' Initiative for a 1/2-cent sales tax increase proposal to the voters of Camp Verde via the petition process of gathering over 400 signatures in 10 days thereby placing it on the Nov. 2 ballot. Prop. 401 clearly gives voters a more precise and specific choice of how they wish to see this designated proposed sales tax increase, accumulated over time, is to be spent.

A brief history of why the citizens' group sought the initiative process is: the group had worked long and hard trying to get the Town to support the construction of a new library. Previous Councils' decisions clearly expressed the desire and need for the construction of new library facilities. A citizens group formed a Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization for the purpose of raising private funds and working with the Town of Camp Verde specifically for the construction of a new library building. During the past two years this group, along with many other citizens interested in a new library, attempted to have the Town Council support the construction through the budgetary process. That failed; and more recent efforts to have the Town Council designate part of their proposed Proposition 400 sales tax increase for the library also failed when it fell on deaf ears of at least four members of the Town Council.

Therefore, after being unsuccessful in trying diligently to work with the Town Council so there would be only one sales tax ballot issue of a one-cent increase, it was decided a Citizens' Tax Initiative was necessary. We realized that voters were going to be asked by the Town Council to vote for a one-cent sales tax increase to support "municipal services" with absolutely no promise of, nor any financial designation of even as little as 1/4-cent for new library construction.

Thus plans were made by our Citizens group to provide an alternative with a more specific choice for the voters.

This choice brings two community projects together under one proposal. In addition to new library construction, a second community project is included to develop the infrastructure and ball fields at the newly acquired park through a purchase by the Town Council from the U.S. Forest Service. Therefore, Prop. 401 provides 1/4-cent sales tax for each of the two projects for a total of a 1/2-cent; (which is 50 cents revenue for every $100 spent in Camp Verde). The tax increase will have a definite start date and it will have expiration for each of the 1/4-cent levies at the completion of their separate construction financial responsibility.

Voters have choices in this election and although this is not the best of times to be increasing taxes, we believe there is a very clear and positive choice in voting for a 1/2-cent sales tax increase specifically designated to build two community projects. This is the opportunity for the voters of Camp Verde to directly and specifically express their support for the future and investment in their own community through these two identified projects.

Two specific community projects: Construction and Furnishing a new Library; Ball Fields and Park Infrastructure, with expiration of the tax increase is the best choice. With the passage of this 1/2-cent sales tax increase, Camp Verde shopping will still remain competitive with other communities in our area. We urge you to support this specific 1/2-cent designation for investment in our community.

Thank you for your careful consideration and vote.

Charlie German is a member of the Citizens Sales Tax Initiative Group and a resident of Camp Verde

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Article comment by: Karen Bowen

How come Cottonwood is so much smarter than Camp Verde? Why not build a Rec center that can produce money to pay for the library and the ball field? Why not attract another grocery store that has reasonable prices and more jobs? or other businesses- to create a larger tax base for your projects? the problem is that our leadership is very short sighted and cannot or willnot see beyond today and beyond themselves--VOTE EM ALL OUT~~~~

Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Article comment by: Just Wondering

Would someone please explain how we know when the projects are "complete," when there are no blueprints or project specifications? I like the idea of an end date, but it seems obscure without actual plans.

Posted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Article comment by: Hello & Get Real Charlie

The new library is estimated to cost 1.2 million ...WOW...Did we forget the CV Town Council is against anything! and why such an expensive library? Who knows..Did you know that books will soon be on the computer, and we will not need a large building, but just a small one! .A town needs a lot of other thing first...Like new business that your town council men always vote against. Yes jobs that we could of had right here in Camp Verde...How Sad is That?

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Article comment by: Susan Smith

Camp Verde, almost a Ghost Town...The School can claim one of the many empty buildings for their library. (A Lot Less Expensive) This Town could seek a new direction in finding different ways to escape living in the pioneer, and primitive life, and upgrade, to the 21st century. That would bring new jobs, and pride that our community needs plus, money for our children.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Article comment by: Ken McFall

Short and to the point. Now is NOT the time to be increasing taxes for any reason. These people need to take their heads out of the sand and look at what's going on in this country. We're in a recession folks, you don't ask for a tax increase while peoplr are hurting. Politicians just don't get it. I wonder if that's a requirement to run for office?

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