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Fri, July 19

Letter: Road to education always a dead end in AZ

Editor:

Front page story “$63.6 million for roads” in the next ten years appeared in the Red Rock News today. A few weeks ago the Sedona Chamber of Commerce was debating spending money on an audit since they receive $2 million dollars from the city annually. According to the City Manager’s office it’s actually $2,009,828.00 for 2017 and slightly less for 2018.

The current funding used to allocate monies to school districts has to be changed.

Arizona is last in almost every category when it comes to funding per student and salaries for teachers. Yavapai County Superintendent Tim Carter, should work with our state legislation and revise the funding allocation.

The 2018 state budget lacks the necessary funding promised to school districts and a 2% raise for teachers is not sufficient. Sedona will be spending $84 million in ten years for road improvements and funding for the chamber of commerce.

Is it necessary to promote Sedona as a tourist destination since it is already “branded” as a must see location. Do we need more traffic? Does the chamber need so much funding? I came from a town in New Jersey where the chamber members were volunteers and there was no funding from the municipality.

I think we should focus on revamping the funding for education.

Sam Blom

Sedona

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