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1/30/2013 9:57:00 PM
Letter: Dells resort purchase wrong at any price


The Citizens Tax Committee believes it's a bad idea for the City of Prescott to purchase the Granite Dells property. We're glad to learn the Prescott Chamber of Commerce agrees the price of $3.2 million is too high, but we don't agree there is any "right price." It really doesn't make sense to buy 80 acres of land to acquire a 10-foot-wide hiking trail. Or for 38,000 citizens to pay for trails to be used by a limited number of people.

Since this parcel is in the county, a better way to go would be a right-of-way granted for the desired trails. And then maintained by a private entity such as the Granite Dells Foundation.

CTC applauds the City of Prescott moving away from the non-essential (Elks Theater, golf course restaurant, etc.), and encourages officials to avoid adding hiking trails or swimming pools.

Citizens Tax Committee

John Stevens, President


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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Article comment by: J L

Once the property is gone, it's gone forever, a quote from a friend. The fact remains that this town is not spending the money we are taxed on to buy open space. And if the money is used for other things the town should be sued.

Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2013
Article comment by: Sal Addin

Take it through Eminent Domain 5th Amerndment Give the Wirths fair market value. 2 million. People do not OWN property. They did not make it they will not outlast it. The property is Ours by God's grace!

Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2013
Article comment by: Some Facts

Before the City Council contemplates spending my tax dollars on this property, let us consider some facts. The current owners bought it on 07/16/1999 for $650,000 for the 78.95 acres that comprise parcel 106-10-017C. Co-owners Mark Wirth and his brother had a plan to develop the property with residential development. Apparently they could not obtain the financial backing needed to do that. Although the property has never been formally listed, Mark Wirth has shopped it as a potential open space acquisition before. Remember the $7.4-million appraisal? Apparently the Wirth brothers had dreams of the City of Prescott with its deep pockets making them a substantial profit after they failed to find financial backers to develop it. Now Mark Worth has thrown out a non-appraised estimate of value of fifty percent or so of the prior $7.4-million appraisal. That estimate is another attempt to enrich the Wirth brothers at the expense of City of Prescott taxpayers. The Prescott City Council needs to see through that sham marketing ploy.

Posted: Saturday, February 02, 2013
Article comment by: tired of it all

Hey John Stevens, if you got out of your arm chair once in awhile you would see the beauty that is the Dells. Obviously your getting a kick back from some developer. And don't tell me your interested in saving tax dollars. We are already paying a tax to HELP US KEEP OUR OPEN SPACE from development. If you want development move to an area that doesn't care.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Question Answered

Q - Why should the City of Prescott use taxpayer dollars in order to finance a developer and his redevelopment scheme for an untenable property?
A- This isn't about financing a developer. It's about preserving the Historic Granite Dells, a true jewel. The property is not at all untenable, and a local non-profit has volunteered to handle planning, operations, and maintenance. The research has been down about adjacent property and highway frontage. Many taxpayers support this effort because they understand in the long term it pays dividends.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Old Timer

Good letter. Why should the City of Prescott use taxpayer dollars in order to finance a developer and his redevelopment scheme for an untenable property?

Even though the Courier heavily publicized the proposal it deserves credit for publishing this letter. Has anyone done the research to see who owns the adjoining properties and the highway frontage?

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Tax Payer

John, I am a taxpayer and have lived in Prescott for over 25 yers. I couldn't disagree with you more. Prescott trails provide millions of dollars to this economy annually through tourism, races, and attracting young professionals to our community. I don't know where you received your information about a 10 foot wide trail and a swimming pool, but it is completely incorrect. Neither of those things are even being discussed. The City did acquire both Willow and Watson which are county property. The Dells are the Sedona of Prescott. The nearby Flume trail always has a full parking lot. This is truly a unique opportunity for the City of Prescott to leave a gift to it's citizens forever. I vote and I want my tax dollars spent on this effort. Please get your information accurate, go out there and walk around and see the property and then decide.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Tongue-in-Cheek .

FINALLY, a brain is overruling the heart. That property is going nowhere anytime soon at that price. Emotional purchases are enviably regretted after the fact.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: White RINO

Actually what does not make sense is a limited number of desk jockeys saying we are not entitled to what we agreed upon and were being taxed for. The "limited number of people" that use the excellent trails in Prescott limit only themselves. The trails promote health, family and mental well being. As far as I am concerned, the Citizens Tax Committee can go take a hike.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: bob grant

Citizens tax committee don't like it, It must be good for the real people.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: I agree

The property made history while owned privately. Let it be remembered that way.

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