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Non-profits Profit While Flagstaff Crumbles

By Elisha Dorfsmith

This week Flagstaff had two major water main breaks in pipes that were at least 50 years old. The most recent break was near the hospital and it reportedly shut down a major medical facility for nearly 24 hours.  These incidents and others have forced the City of Flagstaff to finally admit that they must address the ever growing problem of crumbling infrastructure.

But how? The City has no money for infrastructure. Past councils and many members of the current council have repeatedly refused to make infrastructure a priority. Instead, pandering to special interests and funding non-essential services has become the norm.

Please see: The Time Has Come For Tough Financial Decisions

Last week the Arizona Daily Sun ran another nauseating editorial defending the million plus dollars the City gives non-profits each year. They brush off the fact that this money could be used to help upgrade crumbling infrastructure (actually, they make fun of that idea). They even go so far as to say that even non-essential services provided by City funded private charities are positive and should continue. Well, that’s all good and fine but Flagstaff is falling apart and this unnecessary spending has to stop!

Not surprisingly, the Daily Sun editorial goes on to say that our problems will all go away soon because the economy is recovering at such a fast rate (can you say delusional?). Once the economy recovers, Flagstaff residents will be happy to pass more bonds for infrastructure. What a sweet thought.

Meanwhile, the City is pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the general funds of private charities with zero accountability. And a huge web of special interest groups are benefiting.

Please see: Flagstaff Council Cozy With Taxpayer Funded Charities

So let’s assume the economy doesn’t recover. Let’s pretend that bond measures fail. What do we do then? I suppose the answer would be to set up a non-profit that deals with water lines and funnel tax dollars through the charity to fix infrastructure. Half the money would be lost in administration and other outside expenses but this is how government works these days so it’s the only way to get things done. Of course I’m kidding but the Daily Sun would probably be thrilled with the idea.

Put simply, the City of Flagstaff must make major cuts everywhere possible and focus on core services and infrastructure. Without focusing on the basics our quality of life goes down. Don’t believe me? Ask those who were without water for hours at a time this week.

On a related note, the Flagstaff City Council will be revisiting their ridiculous and oppressive sidewalk ordinance tonight. As the ordinance stands now, homeowners and business are forced to use their own money to pay for damaged public sidewalks in front of their property…even if City owned trees are responsible for tearing up the sidewalk.  Those who don’t fix the sidewalks face stiff fines. You can stream the Council meeting HERE at 6:00 pm.

UPDATE: Tonight’s Council discussion on the sidewalk ordinance has been tabled for now.


Sidewalks crumble in Flagstaff.


  1. December 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    I pay my hard earned money to the elected leaders of my community for infrastructure and services. Charity is not a service. Charity is when I give my money to organizations that I choose. When some one takes my money and then gives it to someone else, well that is called thievery. The city needs to take care of what we pay for and stop selecting by their choice which organization or business will get MY money that I worked for. And the kicker is if you don’t agree and stop paying your taxes they take your private property. The government no longer fears its citizens and is running drunk with money and power; your purse is their kitty for their personal interests.

  2. John
    December 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm


  3. Sam Adams
    December 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    The Arizona Daily Fishwrap and Randy Wilson have the opposite of the Midas Touch. Call it the Mierda Touch. It is almost comical. Any issue, any debate, any opinion . . . Wilson et al are on the wrong side of it. After getting spanked on issues like water fluoridation and the housing bubble, you would think he would have learned something, but no. He gets up, dusts himself off, and heads off in the wrong direction every time.

  4. Abraham George Reagan
    December 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the comments on this article and the article itself. I thought I was the only one that was appaled by the City’s giving away of my tax dollars. I don’t want the masses to know this, but I recommend any conservatives or liberterians on here to sell their homes in the City limits and get off the Property Tax rolls so we can starve the leech.

  5. Carl
    December 8, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    the city knows best, just ask them!

  1. February 1, 2013 at 11:10 am

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