Arizona’s Voter Protection Act:
In 1998, Arizona passed Proposition 105, which states that any measure passed at the ballot can never be changed unless ¾ of the House and Senate vote to “further the purpose” of an initiative. The reality of Proposition 105 is that ballot measures cannot be adjusted even in the case of unintended consequences or unforeseen circumstances. Therefore, I and the Board of Directors strongly cautions voters to consider the challenge Proposition 105 presents to any corrective action when deciding ballot measures.
Proposition 207-Recreational Cannabis
Vote No
Despite being a Schedule 1 narcotic at the Federal level, cannabis use and possession would be legal under Proposition 207for adults (ages 21 years or older) in Arizona. Provisions include:
·        Imposition of a 16% tax that can be reduced to 0% under certain circumstances.
·        Risk of weakened rights of employers to maintain a drug-free workplace.
·        Possible creation of a monopoly for existing cannabis dispensaries
·        Exclusion of state or local governments from taxing cannabis.
Proposition 208-Invest in Ed
Vote No
Proposition 208 imposes an additional 3.5% income tax on income above $250,000 (single filer or $500,000 (joint filing). The revenue collected would be used for K-12 education. The provision of the initiative includes:
·        Disproportionate Impact on Small Business
Many small businesses are structured as LLC’s. This structure allows the income from the business to flow through to personal tax filings. Small businesses will be hit hard. 
·        An Uncompetitive Arizona
Passage of this income tax increase would move Arizona into the top ten highest taxed state in the nation. Job creation and retention would be at risk.
·        Income Tax Increase of 77%
Arizona’s highest income tax racket currently pays a rate of 4.5%. The additional 3.5% income tax included in the initiative would increase taxes by a staggering 77%.

I nor the Board of Directors is opposed to additional money for education, however, we are opposed to this initiative because it is poorly constructed and bad public policy.
Patty Villeneuve, President/CEO
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Southface Solar Electric
Sue Bickerdyke Interiors
7 Years
Parkway Bank
6 Years
Eye Care North
 Le Sans Souci
Verdi Management, LLC 
5 Years
Arizona Animal Hospital 
Black Mountain Coffee & Café
Mariachi Plaza  
4 Years
Annunciation Catholic School 
Carefree Smile 
Cave Creek Dentistry 
Bank of America 
Honor Health Medical Group – Carefree 
Wyman Plumbing & Mechanical 
3 Years
Cave Creek Christmas Market 
2 Years
Fidelo Financial Service 
1 Year
American Family Insurance – Lori Laswick Agency 
Darrell Doepke, Realtor 
Rotary Club Scottsdale North 
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Come join your fellow Carefree/Cave Creek Chamber Members for an informational monthly presentation. Our speaker has information important to your business.
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Boot Camp sessions have been extended through the end of September, including a special session featuring Arizona Public Service Electric (APS) that will provide a first look into their new small business growth tool, SizeUp Arizona!
If you missed any sessions this week, watch here.

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Next week, Carefree will initiate a series of strategic planning sessions that will address what policies need to be implemented to keep the Town vibrant and pertinent in the coming years. Since Carefree does not levy a property tax on businesses or residents to pay for basic services and maintenance of its infrastructure, it relies heavily upon the retail sector to generate sales tax revenues needed to run the Town.

In conjunction with our new Economic Development Manager, the Town Council, will be examining Carefree’s position in the Valley, what we offer that no other Town in the area can and what businesses/services are needed to support our residents, current businesses while maintaining the charm of our little community

This is a critical time in the Town’s development to recognize these changes, and develop solid polices and strategies. Not only has Carefree’s position changed in the metropolitan space, but Carefree itself is growing, and its infrastructure is aging. It’s essential that we address this in a responsible manner, identifying how to address new ideas, without altering the Carefree identity or lifestyle, but enhance it.
As the process moves forward, the Town of Carefree encourages input and guidance from residents and businesses. We are looking for residents and representatives from the business community to take an active roll in setting and enabling Carefree’s direction towards the future.
  Here we are in October again. Finally cooling down but, the Elections are heating up.
If you're like me you're really tired of the phone calls and Political Ads. I have never seen so much Lying, Misinformation, and Misdirection in my life. As long as the warring factions of Congress are able to place unrelated items in the Bills they vote on we'll never get the truth. And, our collective short attention spans as a Nation certainly don't help. I'm old enough to remember when there were 5 items in a news story, Who, What, When, Where, Why, and sometimes How. With those answers
we could formulate our own opinions. The Whole Truth in a story is most often lacking  which intentionally leads you to the writers conclusion. Do you really believe anyone wants to take away Social Security from those who have qualified under the current rules? Or Medicare, or preexisting conditions? I don't, what I do know is the Goal Posts need to remain stationary in order to get an "Apples to Apples" comparison.

Speaking of Goal Posts I've flipped through channels trying to avoid Campaign Ads and find it annoying and stupid that empty televised sporting event stands are using crowd noise tracks. It's just more of the evolving unreal world we're now living in.
Yes, Critical Thinking has been replaced by Confirmation Bias.
See you next Month!
Kraig Nelson, Cave Creek Museum Historian
The Cave Creek school teacher needed the job. The pay was around $65 a month ($2,050 in 2020) per Cave Creek School District #93, and now School District #23. He was in his third year of teaching at the one-room school located on the east side of the ancient Cave Creek stream (near today’s Rancho Manana Golf Resort). Twenty-four-year-old Alfred C. Lockwood had a problem in 1899, too few students, his needed job was in jeopardy, and he needed to pay for his law-school education.
The school had been built in 1886 on the property known as Cave Creek Station which had been established as an isolated, welcoming store and later post office in 1877 by Jeriah and Amanda Wood. The property was now owned by “Jedder” and Jennie Hoskin. In 1899 the Hoskins’ were in their nineteenth year of ownership when tragedy struck; Jennie Hoskin became seriously ill and unfortunately died. The shaken husband sold Cave Creek Station to James D. Houck (the “Sheep King of Cave Creek”) and moved to Phoenix taking his seven children. That was a devastating blow to the small Cave Creek school putting the school’s existence in jeopardy because of too few students.
The late historian Francis C. Carlson tells us how Alfred Collins Lockwood solved the enrollment issue and therefore his job. Resourcefully, Alfred brought his three younger siblings, one sister and two brothers from the small town of Phoenix, about thirty-five miles away, and enrolled them in the small Cave Creek school. He set up two tent-houses near the school to shelter his youthful siblings. His father, Walter C. Lockwood (1853-1904) remained in Phoenix and his mother, Elizabeth W. Lockwood (1853-1897) had died two years earlier.
His ingenious enrollment solution provided a way to keep the school open and continue his education, which was an apprenticeship. Alfred was a law-apprentice, he was “reading law.” This was the process which one procured a law profession. Although the American Bar Association, established in 1878, set standards for law schools, the process of attending a law school to facilitate a law degree was decades in the future.
The sagacious Alfred Lockwood was admitted to the Arizona Bar in 1902. The Cave Creek teacher from Ottawa, Illinois, born July 20, 1875, married Daisy Maude Lincoln, and moved to Nogales, Arizona, where he practiced law for a year. He and his wife and new baby daughter, Lorna Elizabeth, moved to Douglas, Arizona where Alfred spent five years as city attorney from 1905 to 1910. Another daughter would arrive in 1907 (Alfreda Charlotte) and a son (Chester Ralph) in 1912.
Alfred Lockwood’s professional ascension continued with his becoming an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona in 1925. The highlight of his legal career was becoming the 8th, 11th, and 14th Chief Justice of Arizona’s Supreme Court in 1929, 1935, and 1941, respectively. The esteemed former Cave Creek teacher retired from the bench in January 1943. He continued to practice law until July 1, 1950; his legal career spanned an impressive forty-eight years. On October 29, 1951, the admired jurist died in Phoenix. Historian Carlson stated, “Although he taught at Cave Creek for only three years, he retained for the rest of his life fond memories of his teaching days there, and the friends that he made.”
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