City of Scottsdale 2019 Bond

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What is the 2019 Scottsdale Bond Program?

The City of Scottsdale’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a list of projects the city has identified that it needs to build, repair, expand or maintain to effectively and efficiently serve the community. In early 2018, a large list of projects was identified. The projects are geographically-diverse and cover a wide-range of topics to include public safety, infrastructure, parks, public buildings, technology and so on.

The City Council may ask the community to finance some of these projects via a bond election in November 2019. Scottsdale voters last approved a bond in 2000.

It is the intent of the Mayor and Scottsdale City Council to pay for the bond with no increase to property taxes. City debt would retire as this new bond debt would be taken on.

In March of 2019, the list of possible bond projects was narrowed down to 67 and presented to citizens for public review, ranking and comment. With that feedback in hand, a new list of priority projects will be created. The City of Scottsdale released a report containing citizens input on the 67 potential bond projects.

Possible projects that could be in the bond, and that are in or near DC Ranch, include the Thompson Peak Bridge expansion, flood control measures for the Reata Wash, the addition of a dog park at Thompson Peak Park, and a seven-field lighted soccer park at Bell and 94th Street that could occasionally handle event parking (this is one of three locations that have identified; it is unlikely all three would be built).

How can residents engage?

DC Ranch residents are encouraged to engage with the Scottsdale Mayor and City Council members on the bond, and we will update residents regarding opportunities to weigh in with the City as the public process unfolds in the coming months.

Email Mayor Lane and all City Council members: citycouncil@ScottsdaleAz.gov

Residents may read more on the city’s website: https://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/unfunded-cip-projects

How will DC Ranch be involved?

The DC Ranch Community Council will closely monitor and evaluate the bond program as it moves through the public process. If deemed appropriate, the Community Council may develop a position on the bond on behalf of the DC Ranch community-at-large.

Scottsdale Capital Improvement Plan Subcommittee
The Scottsdale Council Capital Improvement Plan Subcommittee was established to review the city’s Capital Improvement Plan and make recommendations to the City Council. Click here for meeting agendas, minutes, audio and video.

Latest Updates

April 3, 2020

Multi-Use Sports Fields at 94th Street and Bell

At their April 7, 5 pm meeting, Scottsdale City Council may vote to move forward with consideration of a bond project location for sports fields and overflow WestWorld event parking that was not presented to voters. The new location under consideration is the city-owned 40 acres at the northeast corner of 94th Street and Bell Road, south of the Desert Haciendas neighborhood. If approved, lighted, multi-use sports fields may be built on this parcel in addition to the already planned 40 acres located at the northwest corner of 94th and Bell Road. Concerned residents can submit a comment to the City of Scottsdale online by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, to ask the mayor and city council members to remove item #10 from the Consent Agenda and instruct city staff to eliminate the city’s east 40 acres as a possible location for the fields.

The DC Ranch Community Council has gone on public record stating a change of location on a bond project will be considered a breach of public trust on the part of the City and have requested that the Mayor and City Council honor what was presented to voters.

Due to COVID-19, City Hall is not open to the public. City Council meetings are televised on Cox Cable Channel 11 and streamed online at ScottsdaleAZ.gov (search “live stream”) to allow the public to listen/view the meeting in progress.

If you have questions, please contact Chris Irish, Director of Public Affairs for the Community Council at christine.irish@dcranchinc.com, 480-710-9584.

March 27, 2020

Scottsdale City Council approved $2 million in funding to begin engineering, design and analysis of bond project 53 – BUILD MULTI-USE SPORTS FIELDS IN THE AREA OF BELL ROAD, see item 23a on city council consent agenda. These lighted fields will be used for sports and for overflow parking for large events at WestWorld.

The west 40 acres at 94th Street and Bell Road, and a location nearer to WestWorld, were the two locations for the Multi-Use Sports Field bond project that were presented to the public in the city’s open house presentation and in the city’s bond project fact sheet.

City staff now indicate that the fields may be expanded to the east 40 acres the City owns at 94th St. and Bell Rd. instead of and/or in addition to those on the west 40 acres and at the Thompson Peak Pkwy. and McDowell Mountain Ranch location.

The DC Ranch Community Council went on public record stating a change of location on a bond project after the November 5, 2019 election will be considered a breach of public trust on the part of the City and have requested that the Mayor and City Council honor what was presented to voters.
If this matter is of concern for you, email the Mayor and City Council at: citycouncil@ScottsdaleAz.gov

The Community Council will continue to monitor and engage on this situation and inform residents of the city’s public outreach meetings for the project as soon as dates are announced.

Please direct any questions to Christine.Irish@dcranchinc.com; 480-710- 9584

March 25, 2020

Funding to begin seven bond projects was approved by the Scottsdale City Council at their March 3, 2020 meeting. The projects include several upgrades to WestWorld of Scottsdale and were item seven on the consent agenda.

February 2020

At the February 11, 2020 Scottsdale City Council work session, city staff presented for discussion the 2019 Bond Project Implementation report. It contains a list of the 58 bond projects and their projected start and finish dates. Three of the projects identified as impactful to DC Ranch are:
Dates: 2020 – 2024, Project #53 Build Multi-Use Sports Fields in the area of Bell Road
Dates: 2023 – 2025, Project #43 Add a Dog Park to Thompson Peak Park
Dates: 2024*– 2029, Project #62 Thompson Peak Bridge Expansion
*While the report shows 2027, Scottsdale city manager Jim Thompson notified the DC Ranch Community Council on March 13, 2020 that the bridge expansion will be moved up to 2024, year five of the bond projects.

Feb. 27, 2020

City of Scottsdale staff have created project timelines for the 58 bond projects that were passed by voters in November. Final adjustments and approval are needed by the Scottsdale City Council. The $319 million worth of projects will span ten years. Of the three projects with proximity to DC Ranch, the 94th Street and Bell Road soccer fields, that will also handle overflow parking for Westworld, are currently slated to begin design work this year. The dog park at Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway and the Thompson Peak Bridge expansion fall in later years.

Nov. 25, 2019

On Nov. 5, 2019, Scottsdale voters overwhelmingly passed all three bond questions, approving more than $300 million dollars in infrastructure improvements and new amenities. City staff will now implement a procedure to prioritize the projects. Once this is complete, they will start on the development approval process for projects ranked with the highest priority. This is a multi-step process that often includes project design, community input meetings, construction bids, the sale of the bond to cover the cost, and city council review. While the timelines will vary by project, most will take two – five years to complete.

Community Council staff will monitor and engage on bond projects in or near DC Ranch with the goal of accentuating the project’s benefits for the DC Ranch community-at-large while minimizing impact on residents and construction inconvenience.

Oct. 1, 2019

During the past several months, Community Council staff researched various elements of the 2019 bond: how the bond projects will impact the DC Ranch community-at-large; what the financial impact to residents will be; and the city’s performance and oversight of prior bond measures.

The Community Council board of directors has concluded that if the bonds are passed by voters, there will be many positive impacts on DC Ranch and Scottsdale, the city we call home:

• Passage of the bond packages will bring two projects that have been top priorities for DC Ranch residents for many years: expansion of Thompson Peak Bridge to four lanes, and construction of a dog park at Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway.

• The Bond enables reinvestment in our City’s infrastructure while adding amenities for citizens, both positive influences on property values.

• Also, the Bond projects closely correlate with five of DC Ranch’s eight Community Values – Environmental Stewardship, Healthy Lifestyles, Lifelong Learning, Arts and Cultural Opportunities and Relationship with the Larger Community.

Other projects near DC Ranch include a new fire station that will reduce the demand on the Scottsdale fire station located on Market Street, lighted sports fields located north of Bell Road at 94th Street that will occasionally handle large-event parking, and several upgrades to WestWorld. Council staff will monitor all approved projects near DC Ranch to ensure that the community’s interests are represented.

“Due to the lack of voter support for bond issues, the City’s spending on capital improvements has, for almost 20 years, failed to keep up. DC Ranch cannot sustain a world class community if the infrastructure around us is failing, says Ron Belmont, Community Council Board President.

July 29, 2019

On July 25, the Community Council Board of Directors voted to publicly support the 2019 Scottsdale Bonds.

If Scottsdale voters pass all three bond questions, there will be many positive outcomes for DC Ranch – Thompson Peak Bridge will be expanded to four lanes, a Dog Park will be built at Hayden and Thompson Peak, and much-needed infrastructure repairs will be funded allowing Scottsdale to maintain its reputation as a world class city which enhances property values.

The Bond’s financing structure ensures homeowners will NOT see a property tax percentage increase on bond-related municipal taxes, because previously issued debt will be retired before the City assumes this new debt.

Click here to view the statement prepared for the Scottsdale City Council and other entities outside DC Ranch.

July 10, 2019

At its July 25, 2019 meeting, the Community Council board of directors is scheduled to decide if DC Ranch will publicly support the City of Scottsdale 2019 General Obligation Bonds that will be on the November ballot. The board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Desert Camp Community Center; residents are welcome to attend. Check dcranch.com for the latest agenda prior to the meeting.

During the past several months, the Community Council has researched various elements of the 2019 bond to include: how the bond projects will impact the DC Ranch community-at-large; what the financial impact to residents will be; and the city’s performance and oversight of prior bonds. The Community Council has concluded that the 2019 bonds will have many positive impacts on DC Ranch and Scottsdale, the city we call home.

June 19, 2019

At its May 23 board meeting, the Community Council discussed the pros and cons of the projects in the Scottsdale Bond as it pertains to the DC Ranch community-at-large. The board concluded there are many very positive outcomes for DC Ranch if voters approve the bond request in November. The following motion was passed unanimously: To approve Director of Public Affairs Chris Irish to draft a statement of support for passage of the City of Scottsdale’s bond package; Governance Committee will review, and Board will then vote on support.

Irish shared a draft of the statement with the Governance Committee on June 2 and also gave a presentation on the bond and the Council’s potential support at the Ranch Association meeting on June 10.

April 18, 2019

On Monday, April 15, Scottsdale City Council voted to hold a November 5 Bond Election. There will be three ballot questions for a total of 58 bond projects with costs not to exceed $319 million.

If the bonds pass, homeowners will not see a property tax increase as previously-issued debt will be retired prior to this debt being assumed.

Included in the bonds are several projects DC Ranch residents have expressed support for – the Thompson Peak bridge expansion and a nearby dog park. Other projects near DC Ranch include multi-use, lighted sports fields in the area of Bell Road that will occasionally handle large-event parking and several upgrades to WestWorld.

The Reata Wash flood measure was not included.

April 5, 2019

In a recent Scottsdale City Council work session, excluding the Reata Wash flood control measure from the bond or making it a stand-alone ballot question was discussed. The City Council plans to finalize the bond projects on April 16.

If you would like the Reata Wash project in the bond you should communicate that to the Mayor and City Council members prior to April 16.

Email Mayor Lane and all City Council members: citycouncil@ScottsdaleAz.gov

At this time, it looks like the other projects in or near DC Ranch will be included in the bond. However, this may change so if any of the three projects listed below are important to you, it is advised you communicate your preference for inclusion on them also.

• Thompson Peak Bridge expansion project
• Dog park at Thompson Peak Park project (Hayden and Thompson Peak)
• Lighted soccer park at Bell and 94th Street that could occasionally handle event parking. This is one of three locations that have been identified; it is unlikely all three would be built.