Not familiar with the word “snooker,” a transitive verb? Well, here are are a few synonyms: “Bamboozle, con, dupe, hoodwink, sucker, suck in, trick."
This is what HSL Properies did to our Mayor, and his “3 stooges,” Councilmembers Hornat, Snider and Waters.
Question: Is HSL Properties, owners and managers of many Tucson apartment complexes and four hotels, a “not for profit company?” Obviously, the answer is a resounding “NO!”
As such, the next question is this: Why in the world would a company that is in business to make money, be “kind enough” to offer Oro Valley a “special deal” to purchase the Hilton El Conquistador amenities, including the golf courses and the Country Club building for one million dollars----especially when they convinced Hiremath that they had other buyers ready to buy at a higher price and a decision had to be eminent?
The answer comes down to one word, and that word is “snooker.” These four councilmembers were either totally snookered, or they decided that the well being of the community wasn’t as important as supporting a developer that contributed thousands of dollars to help them in their reelection campaign.
So, now we’ll have an additional 1/2% sales tax to support this “boondoggle.” Talk about “unintended consequences.” Not only does Oro Valley have 45 holes of golf, but a decades old Country Club that will require millions of dollars to upkeep and renovate. And let’s not forget the money we’ll be paying Troon to manage this disaster that HSL couldn’t wait to unload.
The last time an Oro Valley Council got snookered----and it wasn’t this bad, was when Vestar, the Phoenix based developer got a previous council to give them almost 50% of our sales tax revenue for ten years to bring us an “upscale and unique” shopping experience. That ended up being another “run of the mill” mall anchored by Walmart, known as the Oro Valley Marketplace.
Now, these four outdid even that prior group, and it “ain’t gonna” be pretty!
Time for a recall election, you think?
Art Segal is an original founder of LOVE. He posted on LOVE for five years. Art led the successful effort to allow Oro Valley voters the right to vote on whether they wanted Oro Valley to share sales tax revenues, up to $20 million, with the developer of the Oro Valley Marketplace. It took many court appearances to make this happen. Thanks to Art and others, the vote did happen.