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8/22/2014 11:42:00 AM
Yavapai County Jail Tax up for discussion for Big Park Council
Steve Nelson
Big Park Council President

Recently, there have been various articles about the Yavapai County Jail Tax proposal that will be on this coming November ballot.

Our Supervisor, Chip Davis, has been a leading spokesperson for the county on this matter. We are pleased to announce that at the next Big Park Regional Coordinating Council on Sept. 11, Chip will be in attendance to fully explain the reasons for this increased tax.

You have a chance to hear first hand why this tax is needed and not rely on word of mouth or rumors. So come with an open mind to our meeting and learn about the facts on this measure.

It will commence at 9 a.m. at the VOC Fire Station at 125 Slide Rock Road. All residents are invited.

At the August meeting we learned that the Dark Sky Community Committee has commenced the task of having the Big Park/VOC area be designated a Dark Sky Community. The process will entail significant time and effort.

The chairperson, Lynda Exley, brings a high level of energy and conviction to achieve this goal. Our community already has met some of the requirements and a sense of cooperation is evident between residential and business organizations within the community.

As the committee moves forward, information will be disseminated to the community. If you would like to be involved or want additional information, please send a message to

It was announced that Keep Sedona Beautiful has committed to a $1,000 donation from its organization and members for the Joan McClelland Memorial. The memorial bench will be big enough to hold multiple plaques commemorating local residents.

The fund is now up to $2,200 with a goal to reach over $3,000. Contributions can still be made by sending them to the Joan McClelland Memorial c/o Big Park Regional Coordinating Council, PO Box 20248, Sedona, AZ 86341.

The Council will be establishing a committee to commence the selection of the tree and bench.

At a future meeting, we expect to have a representative from Yavapai County to talk about invasive plants in our community and how we can control them. Stay tuned for further information on this meeting.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Article comment by: uncommon sense uncommon sence

Why Sedona? You can't face the working stiffs in Cottonwood,Cornville,Clarkdale etc.
Just go where theres less resistence.Good move, let the people who can afford the tax increase to pass it on to the lower class.
The only reason they need a tax increase is they can't manage money.Thats obvious over
the years.

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