Sometimes, the gift clause test is not so much a measure of the legal facts of a case as it is a measure of council’s judgment. Other than council, and by delegation, city staff, Scottsdale citizens have no other advocate on their behalf.
No, that’s not a quote from John Washington. It’s Scottsdale city councilman (and former city treasurer), David Smith.
Councilman Smith’s new-found fiduciary religion belies YEARS of even worse financial misfeasance and malfeasance by council and staff. Many of those transgressions occurred when Smith was the city treasurer.
There are literally dozens of abandonments of taxpayer-owned real estate every year to private property owners and commercial developers in which the beneficiaries pay NOTHING for taxpayer-owned rights-of-way, small lots, and even public streets! There are also many egregious examples of below-market sales of taxpayer-owned property to private entities. One of these over which I sued the city a few years ago, was the sale of the old downtown senior center to ScottsdaleHealthcare (now HonorHealth) for about 1/3 of it’s assessed value.
This is the tip of the billion-dollar iceberg of Scottsdale’s debt, the highest per capital of any city in the area.