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City of Scottsdale Bond Issues, Questions 1-4 (November 2013)

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Four City of Scottsdale Bond Issues, Questions 1-4 ballot questions were on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the city of Scottsdale in Maricopa County, which is in Arizona. All four were defeated.

These four questions asked to increase the debt in the city to pay for city services in four different areas. Combined, these bond measure were asking for authorization of $212.1 million in new city debt.

  • Question 1: Parks, Libraries and Community Facilities - $50.4 million
  • Question 2: Public Safety - $43.7 million
  • Question 3: Neighborhood flood control - $19 million
  • Question 4: Transportation, streets and trails - $99 million[1]

Election results

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No25,36758.03%
Yes 18,344 41.97%
These final, certified results are from the Maricopa County elections office.
Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No24,00754.96%
Yes 19,671 45.04%
These final, certified results are from the Maricopa County elections office.
Question 3
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No26,30360.89%
Yes 16,894 39.11%
These final, certified results are from the Maricopa County elections office.
Question 4
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No26,50161.39%
Yes 16,664 38.61%
These final, certified results are from the Maricopa County elections office.

Question 1

Parks, Libraries and Community Facilities - $50,400,000

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the City of Scottsdale be authorized to issue and sell not exceeding $50,400,000 principal amount of its bonds to provide funds to design, acquire, construct, reconstruct, improve, furnish and equip the following parks, libraries and community facilities projects: Integrated Financial, Human Resources and Purchasing System; Pinnacle Peak Park Improvements; Vista del Camino Park/Indian Bend Wash Renovation; Aquatics Chemical System Replacement; Expansion of Via Linda and Granite Reef Senior Centers; Ballfield Lighting System Replacement; Civic Center Library Improvements; Civic Center West Entry Improvements; Paiute Community Center Renovations; and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovations?

Payment of Bonds: The issuance of these bonds will result in a property tax increase sufficient to pay annual debt service on the bonds.[1]

Projects

Below is a list of the projects that would have been paid for by this bond money:[2]

  • 1. Integrated Financial, Human Resources and Purchasing System
  • 2. Pinnacle Peak Park Improvements
  • 3. Vista del Camino Park/Indian Bend Wash Renovation
  • 4. Aquatics Chemical System Replacement
  • 5. Expansion of Via Linda & Granite Reef Senior Centers
  • 6. Ballfield Lighting System Replacement Phase I
  • 7. Civic Center Library Improvements Phase II
  • 8. Civic Center West Entry Improvements
  • 9. Paiute Community Center Renovations
  • 10. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Renovations Phase III

Details about each of these projects are available here.

Question 2

Public Safety - $43,700,000

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the City of Scottsdale be authorized to issue and sell not exceeding $43,700,000 principal amount of its bonds to provide funds to design, acquire, construct, reconstruct, improve, furnish and equip the following public safety projects: Radio System Upgrade; Police Civic Center Jail Consolidation; Electronic Storage System Replacement; Improve and Upgrade Existing Fire Stations; Police Civic Center Station Expansion; Desert Foothills Fire Station; Fire Training Facility Expansion; Public Safety Via Linda Facility Expansion; Desert Mountain Fire Station; and Purchase Land for Fire Station?

Payment of Bonds: The issuance of these bonds will result in a property tax increase sufficient to pay annual debt service on the bonds.[1]

Projects

Below is a list of the projects that would have been paid for by this bond money:[2]

  • 1. Radio System Upgrade
  • 2. Police Civic Center Jail Consolidation
  • 3. Electronic Storage Replacement
  • 4. Bring Existing Fire Stations to Compliance Standards
  • 5. Police Civic Center Station Expansion
  • 6. Desert Foothills Fire Station 613
  • 7. Fire Training Facility Expansion
  • 8. Public Safety Via Linda Facility Expansion
  • 9. Desert Mountain Fire Station 616
  • 10. Purchase Land for Fire Station 612

Details about each of these projects are available here.

Question 3

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the City of Scottsdale be authorized to issue and sell not exceeding $19,000,000 principal amount of its bonds to provide funds to design, acquire, construct, reconstruct, and improve the following neighborhood flood protection and storm sewer projects: Granite Reef Watershed Improvements; Neighborhood Stormwater Improvements; Loop 101 Detention Basin; Loop 101 Detention Basin Outfall; and Indian Bend Road/Lincoln Drive Flood Hazard Mitigation Improvements?

Payment of Bonds: The issuance of these bonds will result in a property tax increase sufficient to pay annual debt service on the bonds.[1]

Projects

Below is a list of the projects that would have been paid for by this bond money:[2]

  • 1. Granite Reef Watershed
  • 2. Neighborhood Stormwater
  • 3. Loop 101 Detention Basin
  • 4. Loop 101 Detention Basin Outfall
  • 5. Indian Bend Road/Lincoln Drive Flood Hazard Mitigation

Details about each of these projects are available here.

Question 4

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Shall the City of Scottsdale be authorized to issue and sell not exceeding $99,000,000 principal amount of its bonds to provide funds to plan, design, acquire, construct, reconstruct, and improve the following transportation, street and trail projects: Traffic Signal Controller Cabinet Upgrade and Replacement; Bridge Safety Upgrades and Rehabilitation Project; Northeast Downtown Public Parking Structure; Accessible Curb Ramps – ADA Compliance; Hayden Road Intersections at Chaparral and Camelback Roads; Loop 101 Signalized Intersection Upgrades; Downtown Pedestrian Improvements; Pavement Replacement; Loop 101 Access Improvements; Airpark Roadway Circulation; Indian Bend/West World Trail and Path Connections; Scottsdale Road Utility Relocation and Streetscape; Street Operations Maintenance Building; and Citywide Trails Implementation?

Payment of Bonds: The issuance of these bonds will result in a property tax increase sufficient to pay annual debt service on the bonds.[1]

Projects

Below is a list of the projects that would have been paid for by this bond money:[2]

  • 1. Traffic Signal Controller Cabinet Upgrade & Replacement
  • 2. Bridge Safety Upgrades and Rehabilitation Project
  • 3. Northeast Downtown Public Parking Structure
  • 4. Accessible Curb Ramps – ADA compliance
  • 5. Hayden Road Intersections at Chaparral and Camelback Roads
  • 6. Pima Freeway (SR 101L) Signalized Intersection Upgrades
  • 7. Downtown Pedestrian Improvements
  • 8. Expired/Quiet Pavement Replacement
  • 9. Advance Funding for Loop 101 Access Improvements
  • 10. Airpark Roadway Circulation Phase II
  • 11. Indian Bend / West World Trail and Path Connections
  • 12. Scottsdale Road Utility Relocation and Streetscape
  • 13. Street Operations Maintenance Building
  • 14. Citywide Trails Implementation

Details about each of these projects are available here.

Support

Campaign logo for Preserve Scottsdale's Future

Supporters

  • Mayor Jim Lane
  • Preserve Scottsdales's Future
  • former Scottsdale Councilman Wayne Ecton, chairman of Preserve Scottsdale’s Future[3]

Arguments in favor

Supporters argued that Scottsdale has a reputation to maintain as a high quality city with impressive tourist attractions and that it is running out of money from its last general-obligation bond election in 2000. They said that demands for maintenance and improvement projects keep growing and city revenue has taken a dive during the recession.[3]

Wayne Ecton said: “It’s all things related to infrastructure. It’s related to needs. If you don’t do them now, it’s going to cost a lot more to do them later.”[3]

Campaign spending

Preserve Scottsdale's Future has spent more than $20,000 in support of the bond measure package. Expenses included:

Opposition

Opponents

  • Bob Littlefield[3]

Arguments against

Littlefield said:

"now is not the time for Scottsdale to take on another $212 million in debt.
While this bond package includes some worthy projects, it also contains many items that the city does not need, such as a parking garage for the bar district, and certainly should not take on more debt to acquire.
Unfortunately, voters cannot approve the good projects and reject the bad. The truly worthy projects are bundled with unworthy ones, forcing voters who want the worthy projects to approve the unworthy ones, too.”[3]

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