I Am In Opposition To Scottsdale Proposition 420
September 30, 2018 by Jim Derouin
I oppose Proposition 420 on Scottsdale’s November ballot because it is badly written and a lousy approach to managing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
My wife and I live on the Preserve and we can’t exit our development without driving by a trailhead. We voted for both the 1995 and 2004 sales taxes that will, eventually, raise more than one billion dollars to buy what amounts to one-quarter of the land area of Scottsdale.
However, I oppose Prop. 420, and urge voters to do likewise, for the following reasons:
In summary, the MSPO clearly states that only “passive” recreational activities” and educational uses are appropriate; commercial uses are prohibited. No further prohibition is needed — certainly not a prohibition on outhouses in the Preserve and, in addition, turning the Preserve over to an appointed body. Vote “no” and start over.
Mr. Derouin is an attorney who, with his family, has lived in Scottsdale since 1985.