Gilbert Council Scorecard
Captain Rick: I love my town of Gilbert, Arizona, USA … the place I have called home for a long time. With a population of about a quarter million, one of America’s fastest growing cities, Gilbert is no longer the small town of 60,000 it was when I moved to Gilbert in 1997. Since then I have viewed every town council meeting to stay abreast of what is happening in Gilbert. That’s a lot of meetings, that required a lot of my time … time that I believe was well spent. I am one of Gilbert’s ‘eagles’ who keep a close eye on our Town Council to help guide our great community in the proper direction.
In mid 2011, I began my PROPER VOTE Scorecard to keep track of how Gilbert council members voted on controversial issues. I consider a PROPER VOTE to be one that is truly in the best interest of Gilbert citizens … one that is fiscally responsible and free of politics and private agendas. In September 2012 I began reporting on each PROPER VOTE in separate blog entries. Many contain dialog with council members to gain their perspective to enhance citizen understanding.
Beginning with the newly seated council in January 2013, my PROPER VOTE Scorecard will include only the most important controversial issues…those involving a large expenditure of funds or significant public concern.
Gilbert Council PROPER VOTE Scorecard
2013 – 2014
Council member: Number of PROPER VOTES (Controversial Issues)*
Victor Petersen: 4 (a, b, c, d) *
Jared Taylor: 4 (a, b, c, d) *
Eddie Cook: 1 (b) *
Jordan Ray: 0 (-) *
Mayor John Lewis: 0 (-) *
Jenn Daniels: 0 (-) *
Ben Cooper: 0 (-) *
* Controversial Issues:
a: ___ Vote of ‘NO’ against approval of $12 Million expenditure for employee pay raises (3/7/13). Atridim News Journal Report: https://atridim.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/gilbert-town-council-votes-to-approve-13m-for-employee-raises-2-council-members-score-a-proper-vote-in-failed-effort-to-limit/
b: ___ Vote of ‘NO’ against approval of $748,764 federal grant for the benefit of low/medium income people and to alleviate conditions of slum and blight (4/4/13). Atridim News Journal Report: https://atridim.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/3-gilbert-arizona-councilmembers-achieve-proper-vote-award-to-stop-federal-grant-spending-that-grows-the-u-s-national-debt/
c: ___ Vote of ‘NO’ against adoption of $466,461,200 final budget for fiscal year 7/2013 – 6/2014 (6/6/13): View guest commentaries:
Victor Petersen: https://atridim.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/victor-petersen-gilberts-budget-represents-a-decrease-in-government-efficiency-by-spending-more-tax-dollars-per-citizen-where-spending-leads-taxes-must-follow/
d: ___ Vote of ‘NO’ against adoption of a development agreement with Saint Xavier University to build an 87,000 square foot, 4-story building on Gilbert Town property in the Heritage District. (11/7/13)
The multi-million dollar cost of the building is proposed to be recouped from lease payments over many years. Lease payments appear to be less than fair market value, thus a subsidy paid for by taxes. If the agreement is terminated because of St. Xavier’s failure to perform, the university will pay the town only $250,000 in damages, a tiny reimbursement in comparison to the $ multi-million expense Gilbert tax payers will be on the hook for. The agreement has a familiar ‘ring’ that casts a reminder of a previous Gilbert development disaster…’Big League Dreams’.
Councilman Victor Petersen said he could not support taxpayer subsidies included in a below-market rent price. “This is really about whether you think a central body can plan an economy better or that the free market can. I think the fair market can.” Petersen said he wants to see fewer “special deals” for developers while reducing taxes and regulation to help “unleash the market.”
2011 – 2012
View a list of all blog entries supporting this Gilbert PROPER VOTE Scorecard: https://atridim.wordpress.com/category/gilbert-council-proper-vote-scorecard/