It took right around 15 minutes for the Sedona Fire District Governing Board to approve the 2017-18 tentative budget.

The vote came during the May 17 meeting. The final budget will be approved during a public hearing at the board’s Wednesday, June 21, meeting.

Over the next month the Sedona Fire District Governing Board will be pouring over a binder-full of documents as it decides whether or not to pursue an $18 million bond.

During its meeting Wednesday, May 17, the board received a presentation from the citizen committee that was formed to look into funding sources for the district. Committee Co-chairman David Watters said he and the others met 10 times over two months weighing options of how to cover the cost of major capital improvement projects. In the end, they chose to recommend a bond.

After months of discussion and expert input, a citizen committee formed to look at the current and future needs of the Sedona Fire District has made its recommendation.

During its final meeting on Thursday, May 11, the committee recommended the district move forward with a bond in an amount not to exceed $18 million. The amount is based on the committee’s determination that proposed capital projects are necessary and are considered to be high priorities.

Sedona Police Chief David McGill’s message is clear — he and his staff are there to protect everyone in the community regardless of one’s immigration status.

Under President Donald Trump’s administration, immigration has come to the forefront, especially in those states bordering Mexico. With it has come misconceptions and false information. Many in the Hispanic community are fearful that local police departments will come through their neighborhoods searching for those who are here illegally.

After a little blood, lots of sweat and more than a few tears, the Posse Ground Pavilion at Barbara Antonsen Memorial Park has finally become a reality.

Plans have been in the works for more than a decade to honor Antonsen, who moved to Sedona in 1983 and immediately became active in the arts scene.

She founded the Sedona Arts Festival, which to date has brought in more than $300,000 for local arts initiatives and programs. Antonsen died in 2002.

Earlier this week, the Sedona International Film Festival sent out a bit of an S.O.S. with the hopes of generating enough financial support in order to right the ship.

So far it is working.

The SIFF board of directors has started a $250,000 matching grant campaign challenge in order to help offset growing costs and debts that have been incurred over the year. [See sidebar story below.]

Creative and Development Director Patrick Schweiss discussed how the nonprofit has come to find itself in its current financial situation and what they have planned for the future to avoid it happening again.

A vote made by the Sedona City Council on April 25 came as welcomed news for local mountain bikers.

That’s because council approved a contract with American Ramp Company for the second phase of the Posse Grounds Bike Skills Park in the amount of $115,407.

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