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Wednesday 12/24/2014
Dear Lord Hiremath
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 4:00 am

Lord Mayor Satish  Hiremath opened his chambers on Dec. 17 as required by law to allow citizens to observe Council’s passage of the tax increase and planned purchase of El Conquistador Country Club. The Chambers were filled to capacity and beyond (SRO) and citizens (subjects) were permitted to approach the bench and make their points to his honor. Thirty-nine of us were allowed to speak, however, a much lower number was  actually heard,  for, you see, the deal was already done. His ruling majority had apparently decided the outcome as soon as the public was made aware that the transaction was proposed and no further input was really required.  Such is the nature of Oro Valley governance under the current Town Council. It is sad when a deal of this magnitude is decided with little to no taxpayer input.

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Lowly taxpayers Have No Say
Posted: December 24, 2014 - 4:00 am

attended the Oro Valley Town Council meeting last night and was dismayed that Mayor Hiremath seems to think he is King. He and he alone negotiated an agreement to adhere to “confidentiality” commitments so that the public could not know the “real” amounts from “secret deals”. I have not heard so much hubris from a politician since Gruber admitted that Obamacare had to be kept “secret” in order to pass it. Otherwise, the stupid (yes Gruber called the voters stupid) voters would never allow it to pass.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Golf purchase is an opportunity
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

Sorry, Thelma Grimes, but I take issue with your article. Your critique of the Oro Valley Town Council’s recent decision does not bear scrutiny. Give the hard working and dedicated staff of the town a break.

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Shocked by council behavior
Posted: December 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

After reading the Explorer this past week, I was absolutely shocked to learn about the upcoming vote by our city council to purchase the El Conquistador Golf Club.  I don’t know what our city council is thinking but obviously they are totally oblivious to all the golf clubs across the country having financial difficulties and that includes Arizona and Oro Valley.  Might I point out the financial distress for The Gallery, Stone Canyon, Vistoso, Oro Valley CC - and the list goes on and on?  And why the secrecy and rush to purchase?  It was stated that a survey of 500 people (really?  only 500 people in the entire city of Oro Valley?) indicated a desire for a “community center”.  Who are these 500 people?  Where do they live?  For something this important, a survey of the entire city should have been taken.

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

Great Gift to the Town of Oro Valley

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