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3/21/2013 2:48:00 PM
Cottonwood provides $10,000 support for ailing Boys & Girls Club
Cottonwood Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Connie Dedrick outlines the problems facing the local club during Tuesday’s council meeting. VVN/Jon Pelletier
Cottonwood Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Connie Dedrick outlines the problems facing the local club during Tuesday’s council meeting. VVN/Jon Pelletier
Cottonwood Administrative Services Manager Rudy Rodriguez said, “Connie has taken over an organization in dire straights.” VVN/Jon Pelletier
Cottonwood Administrative Services Manager Rudy Rodriguez said, “Connie has taken over an organization in dire straights.” VVN/Jon Pelletier

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


The Cottonwood City Council agreed Tuesday to contribute $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club to help get the after-school program back on its feet. But, other efforts are needed to make sure the club has a sound future, according to city officials.

The Cottonwood Club came to the city recently asking for money to help it meet its goal from the national Boys & Girls Club organization. If the local organization can raise $25,000, it will receive a matching amount from national, to get the club over its financial hump.

When the Club and parents of Club members first came to the city, the council voiced support for a contribution, but also asked that Executive Director Connie Dedrick meet with city officials to discuss the situation.

City Manager Doug Bartosh says that while the club shows a number of kids are from Cottonwood, the Club needs to also approach other communities that send children to the organization and not Cottonwood alone. Dedrick has indicated she would seek other support.

Some 115 members of the club are from Cottonwood, another 111 are from the area in the Yavapai County jurisdiction, 24 are Clarkdale members and 19 from Sedona. A handful of other members list their hometowns in the Phoenix Valley area.

Cottonwood Administrative Services Manager Rudy Rodriguez says, "Connie has taken over an organization in dire straights that has significant obligations due. She has talked with local and non-local businesses over a payment scheduled, but "what I am most concerned about are the payroll taxes that have been let slide."

Dedrick formed a task force to develop new sources of revenue, with the hopes of returning stability to the Cottonwood club.

Bartosh says it is also clear that the organization needs some long-term sustainable funding. Something is needed to replace the loss of former donors like the Sedona Taste and Seven Canyons Golf.

The operations of the Club total about $240,000 annually.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned Resident

Why does a city the size of Cottonwood have 35 Million dollars in reserve, and we still have to navagate 12th street between 89A and Fir street, playing dodge the pot holes? They are so bad I have a hard time missing them even on my Quad. And as far a giving money to the Boys and Girls club? I think private donations are the answer, my tax dollars went into the gift to them and I get no tax deduction for my portion of the gift.


Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: and lets not all forget... .

when bemoaning the cities tax rate... folks should recall that the city does not have any property tax.

so... all those commercial business owners should be passing that savings on to customers right?

while its all the fashion to decry big bad government... consider that residents in the city don't have a fire district tax or a sanitary district tax or a library tax etc...

the services that residents enjoy are covered via sales taxes that a good portion of non-city consumers pay.

all the things that made this the place that folks wanted to come to were funded by this system...

but to get back to the point... the kids needed help... the city is helping. the minutes or video mention a possible savings of many many thousands by funding the B&G club... if the rec center had to hire another 3 people to care for the kids (not that there is room for it) then the citizens would be on the hook for the cost...

hope for the best and contribute as you can... the kids are the future... we think we need a bright future rather than a dim one...


Posted: Monday, March 25, 2013
Article comment by: @ old lady

Olsen's is in Clarkdale, which has the same sales tax rate as Cottonwood, Sedona, Camp Verde, and Prescott Valley.

Posted: Saturday, March 23, 2013
Article comment by: old lady

Thank you Mr slippery slope, an thank you for the info. on the City hoarding 35 million.
Good info. This city must be stopped.
On my last sales slip at Olsen's for dog an cat food I had 5.90 tax on a 56.97 bill.
This city has gone to far.
A man at Home depot self check out that was not from here spoke out loud an ask what is the tax here? The lady that was working for the store said we had the highest tax in the state!
The man said he would make a note of that an you just know he will not come back to are town.






















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Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Slippery Slope:

Amen!




Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Slippery Slope

A red flag should go up whenever we see a city government giving money to a private organization, whether it's nonprofit or not.

Arguably, this organization, regardless of worthy intent or merit, either has a failed business plan or there is insufficient need for what it does. Otherwise, they would not have to go hat in hand for donations.

If this organization does not have a good business plan, it should be allowed to fail. If there truly is a need, it will be replaced by something better, with a better business plan, and capable of standing financially on its own two feet.

A larger problem is the horrible precedent this sets. The city should not be in the business of picking and choosing winners and losers in the private economy using public money. This should not be the role of city government.

A $10K outlay is no sweat for Cottonwood, because the city hoards over $35 million of its citizens money. That's about double the average annual city budget, well in excess of what most Arizona cities keep in reserve.

A much better situation is for the city of Cottonwood to run a leaner more efficient organization that allows its citizens to keep more of their own money.

Rather than use government money, I would much rather see support for this organization come from the people who use it.

Support from the people might be easier if the city did not take so much of the public's money.

This is another good argument for the city to reduce the excessive burden on its citizens from its double digit rate of sales tax.


Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013
Article comment by: Lauryn Setterlund

Thank you to all who support and help this program. God Bless the program, funding and the supporters for the sake of OUR children and community.



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