On Tuesday, the City Council will decide whether to spend $3 million to purchase and renovate a downtown condo.
The Museum of the West will use the condo for office space.
This is a bad deal for Scottsdale and I will vote NO.
I have many reasons for opposing the proposal. Below, I list three:
The condo will be purchased and renovated with (non-tourism) public dollars and it appears the public will pick up the tab for the $500/month HOA fees and other ongoing costs.
General Fund and CIP dollars are needed to operate our city, keep the public safe, and should only be invested in public amenities.
To keep taxes low, we have to rigidly limit how public dollars are spent. This proposal, which is tied to the proposed Museum Square development, seems too far out of bounds.
On Tuesday, I hope my colleagues on Council will agree and join me in opposition to this proposal.
Editor’s Note: Solange Whitehead is a Scottsdale City Councilwoman.