Sherf: 2016 focus includes public safety, budget, lodging

As 2016 is unfolding my focus for this year will include:

Public Safety — working with Chief Wingert to ensure that all the new technology that has been supplied to our Police Department is being

David Sherf

David Sherf

utilized effectively.

This includes the ongoing training of our public safety team in using this technology and also what we are learning from this new technology that can be utilized to continue to make our town safer.

Capital Improvement Budget — Our needs over the next five years are estimated at about $40 million. Spending the right amount of money on the right projects undertaken at the right time will be an area of my focus.

Quality of Life Issues — we currently have four different trash collection companies operating in Paradise Valley with many neighborhoods served by multiple companies. These 64,000 pound trucks rumbling throughout our neighborhoods each day are punishing our roadways. Will our residents be better served and town council to address this year.

Alerting our state legislators to the rapidly growing and detrimental impact on the lodging business by Airbnb — Airbnb allows people to list and to book homes and/or individual rooms thus bypassing hotels resulting in lower revenues for our hotels and thus lower bed taxes and sales taxes.

Bed and sales taxes represent more than 40 percent of our town’s revenues. Legislation on a state wide basis is needed so that Airbnb is responsible for collecting and remitting the proper taxes to all towns as the individual owners collecting revenues from room rentals cannot always be counted on to pay the proper sales taxes.

Editor's Note: Mr. Sherf is a Paradise Valley Town Council member.

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