Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins to seek re-election this August

Michael Collins

Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins. (File photo)

Paradise Valley Mayor Michael Collins says he is announcing his bid for re-election.

Mr. Collins has served as mayor for the previous two years and hopes for the continued community confidence as the Town of Paradise Valley is hosting a primary election Tuesday, Aug. 30. The Town of Paradise Valley historically hosts all-mail elections while a handful of polling sites are located throughout the affluent Phoenix enclave.

The Town of Paradise Valley Independent asked Mayor Collins a handful of questions to better understand his motivation for seeking the mayor’s seat once again this August. Here’s what he had to say:

• Why are you seeking re-election for the mayor’s seat at Paradise Valley Town Council?

I’m proud to be raising my family in Paradise Valley. I’m also proud that during my 10 years of volunteer service to the town, not only have we kept Paradise Valley the best small town in America, a place that continues its heritage as being unique and special, but we have also made important progress. It’s that desire to make a positive impact that motivates me to volunteer to serve as mayor of this wonderful community for one more term.

• What would you like to accomplish if elected to another term?

There are a few things that we’ve started that I would like to see across the finish line. We need to ensure that resort redevelopment projects like the reborn Mountain Shadows resort and Paradise Valley Ritz-Carlton resort are built according to plan and neighborhood impacts minimized and mitigated. We need to improve cell phone coverage quality and our technological infrastructure. We need to maintain our commitment to public safety and streets and infrastructure. We need to make sure our residents are being treated fairly and equitably by neighboring municipal service providers. The good news is that all of this is possible and we can do it with a balanced budget, significant cash reserves and AAA bond rating, without ever needing a local property tax.

• What has disappointed you the most during your recent tenure as mayor?

Sometimes tough policy decisions come with heated debates and disagreement about town policy or the future of the town. Hurt feelings among neighbors or elected leaders as a result is only natural. Relationships are tested and it oftentimes makes for a stressful process. But this is the nature of high-level decision-making and quite frankly I think a positive reflection of the diverse perspectives that council members as representatives of a diverse community bring to the table. Fortunately, we have a mature and experienced town council that can make the difficult decisions, agree to disagree on occasion, and then amicably reconvene to continue working together solving problems that matter to residents.

• What are you most proud of in the role of mayor of Paradise Valley?

It’s been my honor serving as Paradise Valley Mayor these past 15 months. Together with other elected and non-elected volunteers, staff and participating residents we’ve had significant achievement and are making progress on things that are important to Paradise Valley residents. I am proud of our many collective accomplishments, and my individual efforts representing the interests of Paradise Valley at local and regional events and state legislative meetings. I greatly appreciate the art of running good public meetings and making public decisions that are open, transparent, and community responsive. I hope that my focus on keeping residents informed and promoting their engagement in the decision-making process has been well received and has led to better decision making.

• How has the role of mayor changed your perception of Paradise Valley?

Serving in the role of Paradise Valley mayor is the ultimate volunteer position at the town. It is not, and should not, ever be viewed as a political position. We have over 120 other volunteers serving the town and making a positive difference. Serving as mayor has not only strengthened my appreciation for their efforts, it has also made me realize that without such strong and engaged resident support and volunteerism, our limited government model struggles. Fortunately we have a large supply of wonderful and talented residents who are willing to donate their time towards the betterment of our town and community. I continue to be amazed by the quality of participation that residents provide and deeply enjoy and value the many, many neighbors and residents that I have met and worked with along the way.

• What can residents expect of you if you are elected again?

Paradise Valley is headed in the right direction and I will keep that momentum and protect that which makes this town special. The best way to do that is to keep taxes and crime low while maintaining a high standard of living for our community. That is accomplished through limited but effective government, staying committed to public safety, streets and infrastructure, and resident’s quality of life, while making sure our vibrant resort industry continues to generate enough revenue so that we can have all of these things without ever needing a local property tax.

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