Camp Verde Town Council Q&A: Bruce George
QUESTION: As you consider both the short term and the long term, what is the most responsible way for council to be caretakers of the community’s tax dollars?
After financing the library and the new sports complex plus our other endeavors, we need to slow down our spending and build up our reserves for the future. Camp Verde has done well with the budgeting but now it is time to plan ahead by not overextending ourselves. If an opportunity arises like acquiring the water company then we should consider it. Basically, we need to live within our means.
QUESTION: With the cancellation of Cornfest, please explain the importance of Pecan and Wine Festival, as well as Fort Verde Days, and what you believe the Town’s responsibility is in keeping those events alive?
Having fun family events is a large part of what makes Camp Verde a good place to live and raise families. I was sad to see the Cornfest totally canceled and believe it could have continued as a one day event with corn for everybody. These events can’t be solely the Town’s responsibility but rather a shared enterprise among the Town, the Camp Verde Business Alliance, and volunteers. I am well aware of the difficulty in getting volunteers since I have trouble recruiting them for our AARP TaxAide Service here in Camp Verde. We can’t ask too much from them and it should be enjoyable and rewarding to volunteer for events.
QUESTION: For some, Camp Verde is a community on the verge of significantly growing its economy. For others, Camp Verde is a bedroom community and needs to stay that way. Please explain your desire for Camp Verde’s future.
I was very involved in updating the 2016 General Plan and consider it the roadmap for our future. To quote one sentence that sums it up nicely, “When asked about the future of their community, residents overwhelmingly stated a desire for more local shopping opportunities while still maintaining the rural character of the Town its visual attractiveness, as well as the need for additional employment and diverse housing opportunities, and recreational parks/ball fields.