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For the past five months, the Town of Oro Valley staff, as part of the Your Voice, Our Future project, has led a series of public outreach efforts and events to garner input as we plan for our community’s future. Those efforts included 60 community events and workshops, a phone survey, and online surveys at YourVoiceOV.com.
It was with disappointment and sadness that I read the attack on me by the mayor in last week’s Explorer. It was filled with hearsay, innuendo, inaccuracies, and twisted “facts.” Considering that he won his election for mayor against me by a mere 30 votes, there was a time I hoped that we might be able to work together. After all, I was elected to council by a substantial margin. Unfortunately, he is now using his position in an unprecedented public effort to engage in character assassination to enhance his position as a viable candidate for re-election.
During the Sept. 4 council meeting, the majority of the Oro Valley Town Council rejected a proposal to issue a 60-day notice for the discussion of a potential renter’s tax. State law requires that the public be given a 60-day notice of any potential enhanced revenue stream. The vote was only to discuss, not to enact, new revenues.
I know it is an off election year, and that there is not a lot of interest in what the Town is doing, but we better keep a close eye on this budget cycle.