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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Check reality on tax plan
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

So here’s a new revenue idea for Oro Valley… start a lottery to pick the date when the public realizes the real amount of taxes they have voted for. 

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OV residents in for sticker shock
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador.  Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business?  The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years.  Of course that is pure speculation.  The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths.   We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses.  Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley?  These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?

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Don’t support current plan
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

I would love to have a municipal golf course in Oro Valley, but not the one proposed.

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Taxes are taxes
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

The heading in the Explorer reads, Oro Valley to buy Hilton golf course raise taxes: In her column, the editor questions the reasoning for getting stuck with 45 holes of golf, while Mr. Zinkin and Garner also disagree with the decision. But I have a different objections. If Oro Valley wants more golf, and other facilities, why should I be expected to pay for these Oro Valley facilities, because I make a mistake of shopping in Oro Valley? 

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Letter to OV council
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

Let me first state that I am absolutely opposed to the acquisition of the El Conquistador property.  I am also in disagreement that Oro Valley needs a community center as one of its top priorities.  Lastly, I am shocked that a decision of this magnitude including financial impact to our community is allowed two weeks for input. 

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Such the Spot - A generation which seeks to be offended
Posted: December 16, 2014 - 3:53 pm

My grandparents—who winter in Yuma—drove up for Thanksgiving. They stayed three nights, during which time we ate, drank and were generally merry. The day after the big meal my grandma loaded the kids into her car and drove them to the nearby Dairy Queen for a blizzard. My husband, grandpa and I, meanwhile, cleaned up the remnants of a card game and visited over a root beer cocktail (it was only fair, since we were missing out on the blizzards). As he often does, my grandpa commented on the state of our society, noting that “these days everybody is going around looking for a reason to be offended.” Normally, I shrug off his comments and chalk them up to a generational gap, but this particular one seemed to be aimed ever so slightly at me.

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Commend HSL Properties
Posted: December 16, 2014 - 8:37 am

Great Gift to the Town of Oro Valley

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
The secret is out
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

After more than a month of speculation, the Oro Valley Town Council finally thought it was time to include those taxpaying citizens in on the secret that they were going to be buying a golf course for $1 million. They stress that it comes with a community center though.

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Marana police to increase patrols during holidays
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are here and residents and visitors are hustling from store to store searching for just the right gifts for friends and loved ones.

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Why rush into such a big purchase?
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

Mayor Hiremath, Council Members Waters, Snider, and  Hornat have all just been re-elected to the town council by wide margins.  This is the same group that, during their first term, doubled the Utility tax.  Now they are proposing to buy the El Conquistador Country Club and raise the Town’s sales tax to pay for it.  We all agree that Oro Valley needs a community center, but we do not agree on whether or not we need to rush into making a commitment that not all desire.

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Bighorn sheep project is ill-advised
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

The bighorn sheep reintroduction project in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson is ill-advised. The habitat on the mountain isn’t suitable, and the sheep have a right to live their lives without heavy handed management.

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Leaders are combatting substance abuse
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

Topic: Declining teen drug use (printed in The Explorer on Nov. 26.)

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Obama finally showing leadership
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

For six years the GOP has opposed Obama’s every move. Why, Thelma Grimes, would this year’s new more conservative Congress be suddenly more cooperative and any less obstructionist. What makes you think that this year Republicans would move beyond lip service and actually act on immigration reform?

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Death was preventable
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

Michael Brown’s death was preventable. 

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OV golf course purchase is good investment
Posted: December 10, 2014 - 4:00 am

For $1 million the Town of Oro Valley is getting over 300 acres of prime land in the middle of our community, over 31,000 square feet of useable space for recreation, meetings, exercise, and food and beverage services, 31 tennis courts, two swimming pools, and 3 golf courses. By any measure this is a good deal when one considers that we have many homes in Oro Valley that far exceed the $1 million figure.

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Wednesday 12/03/2014
We should decide
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

For the first time, I really understood this Thanksgiving why so many employees of major retailers and their families complain about the stores new bright idea of getting the holiday-shopping madness started early. Instead of Black Friday, we now have a Black Thanksgiving. 

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Neighbors oppose two Major General Plan amendments
Updated: December 03, 2014 - 9:49 am

The standing room only crowd at the Nov. 20 Oro Valley Planning and Zoning hearing indicated that the Major General Plan Amendments being presented that evening were a contentious issue for many Oro Valley residents.

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Contracting Ebola virus low in Pima County
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

By now we have all heard about the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and the instances where the virus has found its way into the United States. In many cases, the coverage has been overwhelming and frightening for some. In the swirl of media coverage, it can be difficult to evaluate what really is the true risk to our community. I am confident that the likelihood of a person becoming ill with the Ebola virus here in Pima County always has been, and remains, infinitely low.

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UA Fulbright scholar goes to Africa
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

Despite the continuing struggles to contain the spread of Ebola throughout West Africa, and despite an 11th hour warning from the U.S. State Department outlining an imminent terrorism threat in the region’s populated city center, UA journalism professor Shahira Fahmy stuck to her commitment and traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend a Fulbright specialist mission designed to assess the various strategic communication skills in the United Nations Economic Commission to Africa (UNECA), currently aspiring to be Africa’s premier think tank.

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It takes time to accurately count ballots
Posted: December 03, 2014 - 4:00 am

When singers finish their performances on “American Idol,” viewers can vote for their favorite contestant over the next 24 hours via text message, Facebook, mobile apps, the Internet and by telephone.  Votes are tallied and the winner is announced the next day.  Pretty easy.

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