2012: Mayors Optimistic After Strong 2011 Finish

By Curtis Riggs – The mayors of both Desert Foothills communities are optimistic for a vibrant 2012 based on recent increases in sales-tax revenue and larger crowds for community events.

Carefree Mayor David Schwan is confident about a strong 2012 based on sales-tax revenue being up nearly seven percent from where it was last year at this time.

“I am confidently optimistic going into 2012,” he says. “We have reduced expenses to meet our current income and proven we can do that.”

He refers to the new Desert Gardens in the Carefree Town Center as something that he expects to draw more visitors to Carefree.

“I hear it is already creating a buzz in the botanical community,” he adds. He also expects this month’s Carefree Christmas Festival to again draw a large crowd.

Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia refers to recent crowd increases at community events and the addition of the new Walmart store when expressing why he is optimistic about 2012.

He also sees many new “signs of life” in Cave Creek’s history (downtown) core. | CST

Wild West Days and the bicycle festival are experiencing steady growth,” he says, while adding that new downtown eateries and watering holes are attracting many new people to Cave Creek.

“We are out of the tunnel and beginning to see the light,” he adds about what he expects in 2012. | CST

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