After reading a recent letter to the editor interpreting the town’s budget, let’s get the facts right. Yes, he’s right, the town’s admin budget decreased, despite cries that the town spends too much. The town has only half the employees compared to 10 years ago, but a population increase of …

Over 50 merchants and residents have donated almost $19,000 to our July 4 fireworks! Our goal is to get to $30-$40,000, so we need help. If you haven't donated yet, please do so. Checks are to be made payable to the Town of Fountain Hills Fireworks.

A belated “thanks” to Keith McMahan, the alderman and unofficial “mayor” of Fountain Hills back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. His promise to get a left turn out of the post office has finally arrived. Less confusion at La Montana and the Avenue!

What a woman does with her body is her privacy, her concern. Yet some call her concern an argument for abortion.

“A house divided against itself cannot stand,” said Republican icon and great American, Abe Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, during our bloody Civil War. Truer words were never spoken; we can all agree it seems obvious. A transcendent truth.

I think it is fair to say Fountain Hills is a nice place to live. We have nice parks and recreation facilities, a spectacular fountain, good police and fire services, a good library, a fascinating museum, a beautiful Community Center, good schools, several good restaurants, increasing choice…

I listened to the Town Council discuss the value of fee waivers at its meeting on May 21. Given that residents will soon be asked to pay higher fees, why can’t “legacy” partners like the Chamber of Commerce pay a modest fee increase to the town as well, as suggested by Councilman David Spelich?

David Spelich raised the issue of fees at the town council meeting on May 21. Specifically, why the Chamber only pays a special use permit fee of $50 to the town to host the fairs while others – such as Concours in the Hills – pays a fee of $7,000 for its event. He also highlighted the propo…

A sales tax “hike?” When you see those words, it sometimes makes you shudder. I felt like that too, until I applied math to what was being proposed.

First off, I would like to congratulate Charles Vascellaro on his recent opinion titled “Democrats.” Right on, Don! I hope those that read the article were enlightened.

The Fountain Hills economic development marketing brochure calls our town a true oasis in the Sonoran desert with miles of panoramic vistas and lush desert landscapes. Why would we want out-of-town developers to destroy the gateway into our town with buildings which do not fit the community …

The developers tell you all about themselves but forget to tell you that they do not live in Fountain Hills. Instead, they both choose to live in Paradise Valley where you could not do anything like develop a multi-family, restricted and unrestricted rental complex in their town. (See PV Gen…

How can 400 rental units be less dense than 269 units that the conference center/resort would have been? Their density numbers are based on the entire 60 acres including hillside preservation land and open space land, not the 23 buildable acres. And the five stories of the resort were not on…

Thank you, Ryan Winslett, for your May 29 article on homelessness in Fountain Hills.

Congratulations to the students and teachers at Fountain Hills Middle School for their talent and creativity in producing the wax museum featured in the May 29 Fountain Hills Times. And kudos to the newspaper for committing nearly a full page to this project. It was an enjoyable read.

Thanks to the Founding Fathers for sparing us a President Rodham Clinton. We weren’t aware locally of there being an Electoral College issue until a few years ago. It became an issue with a vote of the Arizona House by a group of naïve, uninformed representatives. Once the issue was explaine…

What happened to Memorial Day? I remember going to the cemetery to honor family members who proceeded to assist Jesus to prepare a place for me! Some were former military members who gave their lives for the cause and God bless their souls.

I was reading an article today where President Ronald Reagan, who was paying tribute to warriors of D-Day at Omaha Beach in 1984, asked and answered his own questions regarding the bravery and commitment of these patriots: “Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for s…

Remember when Ginny Dickey launched her campaign for mayor in 2018 in response to leadership issues like trust, transparency and focus? At the time, she envisioned the need to preadapt – to adjust to new conditions that were not present before.

In April I wrote the mayor and council of my concerns about the town’s economic development efforts. Specifically, the many see-through buildings throughout the town, the numerous empty lots, the still empty commercial pads beneath the downtown apartments, the fact that 50 percent of busines…

One year ago, Fountain Hills voters rejected a proposed new primary property tax. Many of you were actively involved in the defeat of the proposal for at least $7 million dollars of new taxes each year. Many voters, including me, thought it was too big.

After reading about the town budget and seeing the mind boggling MCSO budget increase of 13.6 percent over last year, compared to all of the other increases like Rural Metro at 2.6 percent and the Administrative budget DECREASE of 17 percent, I’m reminded of Illinois with its underfunded sta…

This week marks the end of the school year and, for many, the start of summer. Congratulations to all graduates who are now entering the adult world of jobs and/or college. It is a time for graduates to reflect on the future and the past.

I read with great professional interest the letters concerning the public safety fee to offset increasing expenses for MCSO police services and Rural/Metro Fire protection. By disclaimer, I am a former national marketing director with Rural/Metro, but for more than 19 years since departing t…

As a property owner and seasonal resident of Fountain Hills, I follow news relating to town politics, services and taxes. In addition to Maricopa County property taxes we pay the annual $36 Environmental Fee. Surprisingly, the town has not established a collection system for those in arrears…

While I applaud the potential for a hospital in Fountain Hills, with its positive impact on healthcare and the increase in spinoff revenue and employment for the Town, there are a number of issues that residents and planners should be aware of.

As former trustee for the village of Sugar Grove, Ill., I oversaw zoning and planning for four years. Currently, my wife and I own and reside on property located on Monterey Drive next to the proposed hospital. We also own property across the street from the proposed hospital.

For 14 years, we owned a condo in Fountain Hills on Saguaro. We just bought our “forever” home that backs up to the proposed hospital on Trevino. Having two properties so close will affect us in many ways.

We would like to thank Dr. Nicole Demetre-Moss, DVM for her kind, compassionate and caring service when our Ragdoll cat, Timmy, had to be euthanized. We want to thank the staff at Fountain Hills Veterinarian Hospital for their caring service as well.

In nature and in human societies, change is the most lasting rule. An old adage says that the only thing that does not change is change itself.

I am excited about a proposal for an in-town hospital. The location is a commercially zoned parcel near the intersection of Shea and Saguaro. This is a critical need for our town. We have an in-town police force operating 24/7, that responds in minutes. We have an in-town fire department ope…

There is a deficit between projected revenue compared to expenses. One of the biggest expenses, and one that grew this year and is projected to grow in the coming years many times higher than inflation, is the cost of MCSO and Rural/Metro Fire.

Alchemy, turning iron into gold. I was struck by prevalence of this concept present in last week’s letters to the editor. We can raise $1,000,000 just by jacking up fair fees. We can save loads of bucks recruiting me and my “senior citizen” friends to patrol the streets. And lastly, we can t…

I am asking the Town Council to please avoid creating another hare-brain, expensive study to determine whether we should switch to our own police department.

A month ago I wrote about the pending planned development at the corner of Shea Blvd. and Palisades Blvd. After the development was announced there have been some letters to the editor and most of the town council has received phone calls and emails from Fountain Hills residents expressing t…

A government-run health care system is disastrously wrong. Go visit a VA-operated hospital and you’ll cry all the way home.

At the May 9 meeting of the Fountain Hills Substance Abuse Coalition, Director Shelly Mowrey presented Fountain Hills’ “Community Views Survey” results.

Mr. Jensen, as an artist who has exhibited in the Chamber of Commerce events for over 20 years, I find your comment in the May 8, 2019 issue regarding sales/sales tax to be somewhat offensive.

National Police Week 2019 is May 12-18. Each year during Police Week, communities across the nation hold services to honor those that have made the supreme sacrifice.

Fountain Hills Theater opened Friday night with “Disenchanted” and it is a hoot!

Kudos and many thanks to two local nonprofits for their support to Foster Your Future. The VA Consignment Store and Bob’s Free Bikes have given a wealth of donations in regards to goods for setting up a household including furniture, appliances and clothing.

We all enjoyed the lush desert this spring following our winter rains. Our Fountain Hills Botanical Garden produced flowers we hadn’t seen before. Our trail is still open during the construction along Fountain Hills Blvd.

In the article about car burglaries over the last week, I was amazed that handguns were among things stolen from cars. Really?

Have Democrats taken any of the 6 million jobs created by President Trump? Are any in the unions that have their pension funds invested in the stock market, or have 401Ks, IRAs, children’s college funds enjoying the $11 trillion increases under President Trump?

It’s obvious there was collusion and obstruction going on but it was not between Trump and Russia. The obstruction and collusion was the conspiracy between high ranking members of the FBI, DOJ, the Hillary campaign, Obama administration and Democratic party with enormous support from the ant…

The Constitution, in the First Amendment, guarantees us the right to “free expression” of religion. In recent years, that freedom has repeatedly been attacked and challenged. It may be the attempt to remove a cross honoring fallen soldiers standing on public ground, or a prohibition of volun…

With summer arriving soon and having a recent bad experience with an air-conditioning company, a word of advice and warning is to get several quotes, especially when you’re told a complete replacement is needed.

The Fountain Hills Women’s Club will present scholarships to nine deserving women who plan to continue studies in their chosen field. The club presents them with a formal document and I want to thank Mark, of UPS, for taking the time to compose the documents in a professional way. I am sure …

Over the years I’ve seen many governments seek to raise taxes and fees on their communities. Sometimes the increases are based on true need and all other fiscal avenues have been exhausted, and others just want the money to avoid managing more wisely, efficiently and apolitically.

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