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Midnight mania with Mesa council

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Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 5:27 am | Updated: 8:58 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

I’m guessing most of you didn’t stay up past midnight to watch the Mesa City Council’s debate Monday over what issues to put before voters in May.

I watched it all, though. I even took notes.

First, about 40 citizens addressed the council. Most of the speakers used their three minutes to plead for the council to put a primary property tax on the May ballot. Finally, around 10:30 p.m., the public discussion ended and the council got to weigh in on the subject.

Here is my unofficial transcript of the discussion:

Keno Hawker: First, I’d like to thank all of the citizens who turned out to speak publicly on this matter. Truly, you have given us much to ignore.

Rex Griswold: I’d really like to reach a decision on this tonight. I’d like to spend some time with my wife.

Tom Rawles: Did you say spend? I will not support any motion that allows Rex to spend any more time on anything. Americans have spent too much time already. Where does it end?

Janie Thom: I’ve given this careful consideration, and I just want to go on record as saying I don’t believe it is the job of this City Council to supply the people of Bangladesh with Mary Kay cosmetics.

Claudia Walters: Uh . . . OK . . . Thanks, Janie.

Hawker: I’m just not comfortable with the idea of a primary property tax. I think city government is overstepping its bounds when it assesses that kind of tax. Unless, of course, it’s for a very good cause, like a really cool swimming pool. That would be different.

Rawles: I’m opposed to swimming. Americans have been asked to swim too much already.

Mike Whalen: I wish I was still a cop.

Kyle Jones: I wish you were still a cop, too. You could shoot Tom.

Walters: I’d feel a lot better about putting a property tax on the ballot if I knew for sure it was going to pass. I don’t like losing. It gives me worry lines.

Thom: I intend to vote no on the Cardinals stadium.

Jones: I can get you two bullets, Mike . . .

Hawker: Now, let’s review. We have two votes to put a primary property tax on the May ballot, three votes for a sales tax extension and increase, three votes to sell the city cow for a bag of magic beans and six votes not to tell Janie when the next meeting is. Correct?

Jones: I think there were also two votes to shoot Tom.

Hawker: Well, then, we’re all agreed. Nothing goes on the ballot.

Walters: I just hope it passes. What if the people write in things and then vote against them? That worries me.

Rawles: I’m opposed to voting. Americans have been asked . . .

Whalen: Shut up, Tom.

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