"The overall purpose of the Strategic Plan is to direct decision-making and budgeting by the Town of Oro Valley and provide guidance to staff. The Strategic Plan also communicates to the residents or stakeholders the town’s priorities."
The plan identifies five focus areas. Each of these has a goal. Each goal has one or more strategies to achieve it. Each strategy has one or more steps.
Three action areas of particular interest include:
- "Explore the possibility of a special taxing district for a cultural/historical center or downtown area.
"Special taxing districts, often referred to as special districts, are usually created to fill a need and to enable the provision of services in an area that might otherwise be limited from receiving those services." The State of Arizona allows for 42 types of special taxing districts. For example, Golder Ranch Fire district is a special taxing district. Generally, voters must approve its formation. The services provided by the district are paid by property taxes.
- "Evaluate the development of an entertainment district that includes music, sports, museums, and private/nonprofit galleries."
- "Improve processes to allow appropriate flexibility to regulations (e.g. sign code), streamline processes, determine new practices, encourage innovation, and implement new ideas."
In a message sent to Mayor Hiremath, resident Bill Adler wrote:
"SAACA continues to provide economic development, cultural and educational programs in Oro Valley with very little Town support, acknowledgement or participation. ...The strategic plan makes no mention of SAACA or the Historic Society as existing partners in these efforts. Talks about "event planner" when SAACA and the Historic Society have both demonstrated success in both capacities. The Town chooses to manage some events in-house, and the resident attendance is consistently lower than when SAACA handled the same events in the same locations, but with different levels of skill, talent and attendance."What do you think? Is the strategy balanced? Or is the strategy missing something?