Queen Creek Council Member comes out in favor of Incorporation
We understand the matter is dead at this point, but a public statement in support of incorporation is very important. Please read the following email we recieved from Jeff Brown this morning:
Open letter to the 80,000 good people of San Tan Valley
On July 21st, 2010 the Queen Creek Town Council will be asked to provide a resolution in support of incorporation of San Tan Valley, AZ. The effect of a Yes vote in support of this resolution will not make San Tan Valley a city or town, but instead would establish our support of the item being presented on a ballot to the residents of San Tan Valley for them to decide.
I personally love the fact that the Town of Queen Creek has an estimated 80,000 good people as neighbors in San Tan Valley. I have deep respect for the intelligence of the San Tan Valley residents. Indeed, I have every confidence in their ability to educate themselves as to the costs versus the benefits and cast a vote that represents their best judgment… their will. Far be it from me to profess to know what is right for them or to circumvent their will.
We’ve come a long way in these United States since the US Constitution was ratified on June 21st 1788. Thanks to the passage of the 15th, 19th and 26th amendments to the Constitution, Blacks, Females and those over 18 have been granted the right to vote. Do we need yet another amendment to ensure that the good people of San Tan Valley are granted the ability to decide what is best for them? I think not and so I will be firmly in support of Resolution 858-10.
To my own residents in Town of Queen Creek, I fully recognize that if San Tan Valley were to incorporate tomorrow, our budget would be reduced by $54,000 per annum in SSRs (State Shared Revenues). It is my hope that you will recognize that what is fair is fair. That the SSRs we receive in categories such as VLT (Vehicle Lic Tax), HURF (Highway User Revenue Fund), and State Shared Sales Tax and State Shared Income Tax would simply not be received in as great an amount as we receive them if not for the fact that the 80,000 residents are contributing to those funds, and to the greatest extent, their contributions are being divided among the incorporated municipalities.
It is also my hope that if San Tan Valley ultimately incorporates at some point in the future, my Town of Queen Creek constituents will see the value in having a good relationship with a municipal regional partner in Economic Development. I envision a scenario where we could partner to implement regional solutions to very real regional problems such as transportation infrastructure.
Regards, Jeff Brown
Councilmember – Town of Queen Creek
Council Member, Town of Queen Creek
Jeff Brown | Town Council Member | Town of Queen Creek | | fax: 480-358-3909 | 22350 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85242 | http://www.queencreek.org
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