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2/17/2010 10:49:00 AM
Editorial: Vote on prison proposal could help to put divisive issue to rest

The debate over whether or not Prescott Valley should allow a prison has continued, despite four council members going on record as opposing such a project.

Prescott Valley Economic Development Director Gary Marks has said that prison companies will continue to look at the Quad City area because the favorable demographics of land and labor force are here.

Members of the Fain family have said they feel the public process has been circumvented by a vocal minority whose opposition is based, at least in part, on misinformation.

Prescott Valley, by law, cannot call for a special election. For residents to do so, the council must first take action on annexation or rezoning. Town officials have suggested instead proposing a bill that would allow such a vote without prior council action.

Or, councilmembers could vote for the annexation and rezoning, thus telling the community, "we're putting it out for your vote."

Regardless, respectful, ongoing communication between the town, the Fains, and Prescott Valley residents is crucial to the future of our community.

We all need to take a breath, step back, and then return to the table with facts, not emotions.

Our community is worth the effort.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 26, 2010
Article comment by: Lisa

I have to agree, I too have spoken to tons of people the majority are against the prison. A few that were undecided changed to opposing it after I explained the difference between a state, federal and private prisons. By the way people in the quad-city area are watching and against a prison in this area too. When you read an article about a prison the most important information is who owns that prison.

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010
Article comment by: Tom Steele

I agree with the Tribune's editorial. I take exception to the Fain's implication that "a vocal minority" has been spreading misinformation. I have spoken to hundreds of people and about 8 in 10 are against any prison near Prescott Valley. And the two not against say "Well, we do need the jobs". However, statistics indicate less than 27% of the jobs would be potentially available to PV citizens that could pass the testing on ability and drugs and background checks. Stats show most employees of prisons live 15 or more miles from their work location. Additionally, I am told four PV residents work in the Florence prison and don't want a prison here.

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