For starters, “Mayor Littlefield” would stunt business growth, so sales tax, the lifeblood of the city’s budget, would plummet. Some city employees would then be laid off and basic services would be on the chopping block. Most of the downtown area, now experiencing a renaissance, wouldn’t be allowed to keep evolving and would end up on life support. The revitalized McDowell Road Corridor would also suffer. The only area that would survive is the Bar District, because people always want to party.
Perhaps the most damaging thing Littlefield could do as mayor is to sabotage the city’s future needs by proposing funding the city’s rapidly deteriorating infrastructure with money from the General Fund – which would be a virtual death sentence for key city services.
“People always want to party.” Now there’s a political and economic analysis for ya. But it’s very telling.
And the second paragraph is essentially saying that fiscal descipline is bad, while government borrowing, deficits, wanton spending, and massive taxpayer subsidies for polo matches, golfers, and the Super Bowl are great!
Even though Korte hates Lane because of his homophobia and because he’s a Philistine, they actual have some supporters in common in the Barf District and the developer lobby. So, while it must rub Virginia the wrong way pretty vigorously (which comes through in her column), Lane is the lesser of the evils…in her mind.
But the taxpayers are starting to figure out that the truth is the opposite of Korte’s Chicken Little tale. Scottsdale CAN balance the budget AND maintain high-quality services. We can have a “business-friendly” government…for ALL businesses, not just bars and housing project builders. We just need a mayor willing to cut the pork. Like Bob Littlefield.