Gilbert, Arizona Council Meeting: September 6, 2012
Item 35: FEES – conduct hearing and consider adoption of a Resolution establishing special event and block party permit fees and terms.
Councilmembers who cast the PROPER VOTE of YES:
During the meeting I heard these important words from Councilmember Victor Petersen: “What is the percentage of cost recovery for non-profits? I want 100% cost recovery.” Victor requested an amendment to the item to eliminate category 1 and the differentiation between profit and non-profit. Victor and Eddie were the two who cast the PROPER VOTE of ‘Yes’. I invited Councilmember Victor Petersen to expound for this presentation. Victor replied:
Councilmember Victor Petersen: It seems so strange to me that we have seen efforts by the very people who want to encourage economic development by giving advantages to specific commercial interests also want to continue to give special advantages to non-commercial interests. In either case, the approach is unfair; government is picking winners and losers. The correct solution is to allow everyone to compete in a free market with government treating everyone the same. We should allow consumers to decide who to support and businesses to decide how to best meet those demands. Free markets, with protection of property rights, are the best guarantee of economic prosperity.
The Gilbert Council PROPER VOTE Scorecard has been updated: https://atridim.wordpress.com/gilbert-council-scorecard/
View a video of this council meeting. Watch the discussion leading up to the vote at marker 1:49: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6eI_lwuCPI&list=UUIihJKywVrauxsDmWtwpXYg&index=8&feature=plcp