Don’t Scottsdale Our Carefree!

With an historic 72.6% voter turnout, Carefree’s property tax scheme failed by a seismic 80% NO to 20% YES! So now the question is how could Carefree’s Mayor, Town Council, and Town Administrator be so utterly out of touch with its residents? Arrogance? Elitism? Incompetence? What government body would ever propose a property tax without first understanding the underlying sentiment of its community? Imagine the outcome if the unsightly Hampton Inn and $35M water project had been put to a vote! In his highly influential book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, author Stephen Covey identifies Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood. Building an entire property tax campaign on a promise to “reduce response times” when you’ve done zero homework on understanding neighboring emergency response times was classic government negligence. Wake up Mr. Mayor and Town Council—seek first to understand! Do you even understand why residents moved here? We left the big cities and the large suburbs seeking smaller, LESS intrusive government, BASIC amenities, and a TRANQUIL Sonoran Desert lifestyle. Carefree’s out-of-touch Mayor, Town Council, and Town Administrator are seeking to destroy this town’s charm and character with an ever-growing staff, obnoxious commercial developments, and unnecessary property taxes, and they need to go. Remember these out of touch public servants in the next 2024 and 2026 elections for they are not serving our town well. Don’t Scottsdale our Carefree!     
Mike Davitt