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About the Committee Members

The committee is made up of volunteers who are residents within the proposed area. The committee is not made up of members selected by any party or organization for efforts desired after a favorable vote for incorporation. Some members are already active in community service, some have prior experience with community service and some are simply property owners who also want to be involved for the well being of the area’s future. The committee itself is not affiliated with any political party preference; therefore, the members may be of any political party preference. The overall effort is done with a non-political approach for the area’s future and not with political agendas. The committee welcomes all residents who would like to volunteer to help bring the topic to a sanctioned ballot vote.

If interested in joining the team or at least volunteering an hour of your time, please fill out the Volunteer form.

 

Committee’s Intentions

There are Pros and Cons to be incorporated.  The intentions of the “Residents for a New Valley Town” group, who are residents within the proposed area, are…

1.   Educating the pros, cons and overall impact to the residents of the proposed area so that the residents have a full understanding before voting.

2.  “Residents for a New Valley Town” are in favor to seek the option to vote on incorporation; therefore the group will seek petition signatures from residents and a resolution to incorporate from towns within a 6 mile radius of the proposed area, as required per state law.

 

Committee’s Opinion

“Residents for a New Valley Town” believes without doubt that this is the time to incorporate an area located within the large unincorporated area named San Tan Valley, AZ.

Petition:  At minimum, this committee represents the desire to at least bring the option to vote so that the residents within the proposed area can make an educated decision on the topic. The former 2010 effort was successful in collecting the required amount of petition signatures; therefore, the committee is confident that it will again have the support of the local area citizens.

Resolution:  The number of required petition signatures during the 2010 effort was collected; however, the option was not brought to ballot due to the declined resolution by Florence who is within a 6 mile radius of the proposed area. If we incorporate, surrounding towns do lose State Shared Revenue since taxes you pay will go toward your town instead of theirs. This committee believes that reducing the proposed incorporation area will have a significantly lower financial impact on Florence and surrounding towns. This is a respectful attempt to come to a compromise with Florence and surrounding towns.

Taxes:  The committee understands the frustration of the residents currently paying taxes which do not come back to the local community through State Share Revenue. In summary, State Shared Revenue which consists of taxes we pay today even while unincorporated, are divided out among counties who then divide out among municipalities. The committee believes these funds should be used in our area especially with a large population. So ask yourself, are you ok with paying taxes to help surrounding municipalities develop instead of your own area?

Financial:  Incorporation does not mean that there has to be additional taxes. In the history of the last 16 incorporations, only two have implemented a Primary Property tax and during this same time period between 1980 and 2010, only two cities have implemented a Secondary Property tax. Primary and Secondary property tax has to be approved by the residents and initiated by the town council; therefore, any ballot vote attempt would take place after incorporation takes place. One tax that would likely increase is Sales tax. The town council would likely implement approximately 2% and promote residents to shop locally which is typical for Arizona municipalities. Don’t support the extra sales tax?… let’s ask ourselves, where are we doing our shopping today that really has any significant financial impact if adding a 2% municipality sales tax? That’s right, we are doing the majority of the shopping in other municipalities with the added sales tax anyway! If we incorporate, will more business come so that we can shop here instead? It is an indirect approach but in theory, an area with a structure through zoning, planning and local control would likely bring in more quality business for the needs of the residents and visitors.

Why Now?  Some may argue that we are still within “Economic Times” and incorporation should come later. The committee believes that incorporating during the Economic Times should be a primary goal. A town structure does not develop overnight. Parks, contracted fire, town hall or even a library is a gradual process that can take many years to develop, not year one! For example, it took Queen Creek approx 20 years to have their own fire service. The first steps should be focusing on local governance to include zoning and a general planning. Having this prepared and ready prior to economic recovery is a priority reason for incorporating today and can be done with smaller budgets in comparison to budgets of surrounding municipalities! In the scope of incorporation with local control, the proposed area is considered a blank canvas with opportunities to do it right the first time. With the road to economic recovery, it would be wise to take these next few years to really focus on future planning while recovery is slow. Law enforcement and roads are the two areas of focus that would become the responsibility of a new town. For the first time in years, the housing market for the area has shown signs of economic recovery. It is time to get prepared today for tomorrow!

Rural vs City:  The committee sincerely respects both, the properties considered rural in nature and properties that are considered suburban in nature in which committee members come from lifestyles of each. A smaller town approach can put more focus on finding and developing a compromise for all property types and desires. Keep our horses and build ammenities both! Population will grow without doubt so build an infrastructure today that makes room for all, a structure that everyone would be proud to call their home town!

Support of Residents:  One may argue that the residents would have just moved within a city instead of an unincorporated area; however, the committee believes that there’s a large percentage of people that expected the infrastructure to develop during the housing market climax and would still desire this. A sanctioned ballot vote of the residents will confirm or deny.