No, I am not referring to the ongoing election process, but, rather, to the VSF annexation “debate.” Things had been rather quiet over the summer but like me, everyone in VSF recently received a “reminder” in the mail. It took the form of the 2012 Property Tax Notice from the Yavapai County Treasurer.
The fact that the tax bill went up was no shock as we had been alerted in the June 20 paper that “VVFD property tax rate going up,” so we knew what to expect. This notice was followed on June 22 by a different type notice that Clarkdale FD was “holding the line on taxes.”
One could say, “why connect the two” and I guess that is a reasonable assumption unless you read into the articles. “Clarkdale was continuing a three-year wage freeze and any equipment purchases would be grant-based and would rather make cuts than raise taxes.”
VVFD is not following the same path, but is acquiring a new fire engine. As to wages, I know they have already been under a freeze but if annexation is not successful, one can only speculate (much as the Sept. 26 letter does about the city sewer costs) that what we will see next year is a much bigger increase than the 10.7-percent increase in effect this year from the VVFD while my total tax increase was up 7.68 percent.
It seems strange (not really) that every time someone states some information pro the annexation, it is labeled as “inaccuracies and misrepresentations”. They counter with the usual “what ifs” that they know the city will impose (roads and sewers) or skirt the issue.
Regarding the EMS service ... nothing is free! The fact that they bill the person being hauled just what the insurance will allow does not change the fact that whatever they don’t collect is put into the budget for the next year and everyone gets to pay for it.
Interesting word choice on the VSF sewer plant when they called it a “cash cow” ... I’ll say! I can see why the operator refused several offers from the city to buy. As a resident of VSF, I still don’t see where this cash cow benefits me? I (and 900-plus other residents) pay them $40/month for a service that Cottonwood gets for something in the mid-teens so someone is making out pretty well each and every month. We get our water from the city, why not just roll it all under one bundle?
As I said, it will all be over soon and no matter what the decision, I know that when I wake the next morning, my house will still be in the same spot (that I based my decision upon). It would be nice to know that I was going to cut my taxes by 26.2 percent and I have an additional $504 in my pocket.