Editorial: Much can change before sales tax hike becomes official

VVN graphic by Chris Myers

VVN graphic by Chris Myers

For those still not convinced the Cottonwood City Council is acting in your best interests by raising the municipal sales tax a half-cent on the dollar, rest assured that there is still plenty of time to make your voice heard on this one.

Last week’s 4-3 vote to raise the municipal levy to 3.5 percent is only the first in many steps the City Council has to take before this bump in the transaction tax becomes reality.

In June, it is expected city staff will approach the council with a “Notice of Intent” to officially raise the sales tax. This sets the stage for legal public noticing of Cottonwood’s intention to raise the tax. What follows then will be two separate hearings, most likely to take place in July, at which time those both for and against will be given the floor to make their case.

All of which will take place in the heart of an election season, and it’s likely the sales tax question will be the central theme of political aspirants desiring a seat on the City Council. Even more important, it puts those incumbents on the council who supported the tax hike in the political hot seat leading up to the August municipal primary.

The perfect recipe for a flip vote.

This debate is far from over, folks.

Fully expect a lot of heat for those in the hot seat.

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MichaelMathews 6 months ago

Unfortunately those most affected do not have the means nor sometimes the mobility to show up and be heard. Some of us have already spoke on their behalf. As with Henry, Althouse & Jauregui I also supported a .25% increase if it came with commensurate expenditure cuts. There is still a lot of meat on the bone without affecting services while still protecting valuable assets such as the rec center and library. Rank and file employees, especially at the lower end of the salary scale could benefit from those cuts without fear of annual attacks on their merit and COLA increases. Yeah, it's kinda like wealth redistribution but done in a moral and reasonable way that taxpayers could get behind. Regardless of candidates and campaigns we all need to work together to move Cottonwood into the future with a plan for a financially healthy city as a legacy for our children and grandchildren. Hostile rhetoric and outright lies have no place in our small community. Whether your inside or outside we are one Cottonwood and we are all neighbors, business owners, employees and patrons. It's overused for sure, but we are Cottonwood strong.

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pinonbistro 6 months ago

The above chart shows city sales tax only. This is only part of the picture. Every other town on the chart except Cottonwood has a city general or special district property tax as well. The total tax paid by residents of those towns is the same or higher than that paid by Cottonwood residents. And Cottonwood provides many services and quality of life amenities that many of these other cities don't. I have found that there is tremendous pride in these--especially the library, rec center and transportation system--and strong support. In fact many residents would find the town much less attractive without them.

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KevinSKeller 6 months ago

To imply that because the Cottonwood City Council is somehow on the hot seat for doing the right thing is absurd. Furthermore, to compare Cottonwood with Prescott or Prescott Valley is a joke. I know of no other town in Arizona the size of Cottonwood that offer the amenities Cottonwood offers the entire Verde Valley. From the sports complex to the Library and back to the Cottonwood Rec Center, Cottonwood is a great place for both families and folks of all ages. I support the City Council's vote!

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JTSmith 6 months ago

I believe in the expansion of Cottonwood. Development is key to improving our job and recreational opportunities. A small tax increase to help pay for improvements to the recreation center, library, etc will be offset by the well being of our general population and by the attraction of our great town (City!) to potential new residents. Cottonwood has a lot of potential and sometimes fuel (taxes) need to be added to the fire! A small tax increase of only a half of a cent for every dollar spent is not too much to ask for. Relative to other communities around the country, our tax rate is exceptionally low. Keep up the good work and we will have a city that is beautiful, fun, a great place to work, and safe for our kids.

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pinonbistro 5 months, 4 weeks ago

I agree with Michael Mathews' statement that hostile rhetoric and outright lies have no place in our community. There were three examples of both at the latest city council meeting on 5/15 which can be seen on the city's video of the meeting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4eI..." rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G4eI... starting at about 51 minutes in. Calling out individual council members for their position on an issue or individual reporters for reporting the news is a clear example of the former. Citing conclusions based on falsehoods or half truths is an example of the second.

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