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8/15/2013 2:56:00 PM
Cottonwood sets city budget at $70.8 million
Administrative Services General Manager Rudy Rodriguez: the economic downturn has caused the city to “tap very heavily into sales tax receipts and the capital improvement budget.”
Administrative Services General Manager Rudy Rodriguez: the economic downturn has caused the city to “tap very heavily into sales tax receipts and the capital improvement budget.”

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

The Cottonwood City Council silently approved its final fiscal year budget of $70.8 million Tuesday.

There was no one in the audience to speak to the budget plan.

Administrative Services General Manager Rudy Rodriguez summarized the budget.

The figure is $16 million greater than the last fiscal year budget. That figure includes carry-forward amounts, projected, but not spent last year and new projects and grants this year.

The budget also covers the re-instituted merit program, and a longevity program.

While the maintenance and operations budget is $21 million, much of the budgeted amounts include capital projects; $6.8 million funding will address several street projects this year.

The city will purchase two replacement buses for the Verde Lynx bus system. Airport projects include an AWOS (Automatic Weather Observing System), construction of a $3.7 million regional communications center, an upgrade to the children's pool at the Cottonwood Recreation Center, the $8.5 million Riverfront wastewater reclamation facility and many other items.

Randy Garrison worried about hand-outs the council was giving to non-profit organizations. "There will come a point when there is no buffer left," said Garrison. "We are getting very loose promoting people's programs; we have to look at the city first."

Rodriguez noted that the economic downturn has caused the city to "tap very heavily into sales tax receipts and the capital improvement budget." He said at some point the city will have to shore up those funds and the HURF budget.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 19, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Gaia Gurl
A better description would be sucked into an equivocatory spiral. When conservative, liberal, and progressive all mean support of a fascist kleptocracy, discussion becomes very difficult.

Since you and I don't want and don't need precisely the same things for Verde Village, maybe we should call ourselves something completely different.

Posted: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Article comment by: how about...

Perhaps the City could repeal the 1% sales tax they passed when the recession started?


Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Concerned About Local Budget

A 70 million dollar budget for a community population of 11,265??????????? A 16 million dollar budget (23%) increase in ONE fiscal year???? REALLY???????? Perhaps a more modest projection for next fiscal year's budget should take into consideration the unjustifiable 6% salary increase for Cottonwood's City Manager come on, an annual base salary of $135,000 for one government position in rural Arizona???????? REALLY??????? What about other city employees who do not get comparable parody of adjustment in their salaries because Cottonwood doesn't have enough money for such earned adjustments????? Oh, and what about the talk around increasing water rates???????? Something is seriously wrong here, folks.


Very Concerned about Cottonwood's money management principles and procedures (aka an Outraged taxpayer!)

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl Indicates...

"...just ASK the people they supposedly

Meaning the "elected mayor and council" should
be the ones who represent the citizens of our
city of Cottonwood.

NEWS ALERT...There is NO proof that the
people sitting in our council and mayor
seats...were put there in an open and honest
election process. Arizona's election laws (at
the state, county, local levels) provides no
provisions for open and honest elections by
ignoring every individual voter's "Full Voting

Mayor and Council...what say you?


Frank Henry
Tel: 928-649-0249

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: A $4 million dollar Communication Center??

Since when does a city of 12,000 people need a $4 million dollar Communication Building? Is it to serve the residents of just Cottonwood? Why not make a regional communication center and have Sedona, Yavapai County, and Jerome all help fund this center.

It is obvious that with Bartosh at the wheel that Cottonwood has turned into a paramilitary, parapolice city. It will be fully militarized in the next few years....SWAT teams, Humvees (no less than 3) costing thousands of tax dollars every month for maintenance and now a new 4 million dollar communication center. What is the City of Cottonwood afraid of? Are they really preparing for a zombie invasion? Spend the $$$ instead on more access to the Verde River. Put in an overnight campground with bike and hiking trails along the Verde River. Not all of us want a paramilitary government, and we don't believe in Feeding the Fear. But with our Mayor hanging on every word that Bartosh voices, it's obvious who is running the City of Cottonwood.

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

You DID know that this is a CONSERVATIVE state, right?

Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

Not TRUE, Ms. Heartman . . .

I AM a LIBERAL or PROGRESSIVE if you will.

Did not WANT a Rec center ONLY the well off can AFFORD.

Did not WANT a dog park near a RESIDENTIAL area. Heck with all this open land, who needs a dog PARK?

Did not WANT the City of Cottonwood to BUY my WATER company and raise my rates.

Do not want THEM to put a MILLION $$$ wastewater treatment PLANT in a FLOOD zone.

Do NOT want them to BUILD a teen center WE DO NOT NEED since we got schools, religious youth groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, dance groups, pools, library, etc., etc.

Do NOT need the upkeep of HUMVEES or DRONES or all those war toys for the BIG BOYS otherwise known as "police"

. . . when we have only ONE GANG comprised of BRAWLING motorcycle cops and very little crime.

How about the FISCAL CONSERVATIVES (LOL) stop spending and lower taxes, fees, etc.?

Like the recessive tax on FOOD?

How about a little FREEDOM to buy and eat what we want from neighbors and FARMER'S MARKETS without a government agency meddling and PROFITTING?

Here is a NOVEL idea . . . why don't THEY just ASK the people they supposedly REPRESENT what they want?

I am thinking you are STUCK in a time warp, cause today's conservatives are NO LONGER fiscally responsible and it is a DEMOCRAT who has offered to cut Social Security. Maybe you should CATCH UP, it is now 2013 and Amerikka is now a FASCIST country.

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Gaia Gurl
No. Judging by the attitudes expressed by our City Officials and the agendas they want us to rubber stamp, THIS is what LIBERALS call not-big-enough government...

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: City Charter?

There is a need for limits of city gov. Can 5,000 taxpayers chip in about
$14,160 each to support the city heavy spree?

Is the city squandering $4 million for a communication "center"?
When you call 911 you get a fire truck response in about 4 minutes. With
the $4 million communication "center" your 911 call will get a fire truck
in 4 minutes. Why spend $4 million for no gain?

Lets hope the city has a charter with LIMITS!

Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013
Article comment by: Gaia Gurl

And THIS is what CONSERVATIVES call small government . . .


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