Scottsdale’s Best Days Are Ahead of Us
Scottsdale is a great place to live, work and play. We are a world-class city with safe, clean neighborhoods, high quality businesses in diverse industries, premier tourist attractions and events and an exceptional quality of life for our residents. Our city is also known for its unparalleled natural beauty and its thoughtful, consistent leadership.
These things don’t happen by accident. We have elected leaders who have seen what this community could become and then provided the leadership to make our collective vision become a reality. I want to continue these fine qualities that have become hallmarks for Scottsdale. I do believe that as our city has matured and has become less dependent on growth and coupled with a difficult economy, significant challenges face our city.
Four years ago the city of Scottsdale faced a $28 million budget gap and had experienced 2 ½ years of declining sales tax revenues. Our city was facing a grim city budget and difficult decisions had to be made. Four years ago, I made those tough decisions. The result was a balanced budget with no tax increase. We cut staff positions and benefits. We did not automatically increase your property taxes as had been done for the previous 16 years. Lastly, we did not raise water, sewer or garbage fees either. We developed a conservative, balanced budget.
TThis is the kind of leadership that will define Scottsdale’s future, just as standing up for things like the McDowell Mountain Preserve has in the past. Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a community and work to make our future as bright as our past. Incivility and petty bickering should not rule the day. Opportunity and optimism should.
I believe that Scottsdale’s best days are ahead of us. Crime is down and Scottsdale was just ranked as the 6th community and we can continue to improve our already great city. Join me!
Thank you for your support,
Dennis E. Robbins