Monday night, Sheriff Buck Buchanan provided some long overdue county leadership on the issue of Verde Village annexation. Typically, annexation of the Village sends county elected officials running. Their fear of voter backlash far outweighs the propriety of telling the folks in Verde Village what they need to hear about annexation — that it’s the right thing to do.
Monday, in response to community concerns about the lack of deputy presence in the Village, Sheriff Buchanan offered this sound advice:
"If you want to see more patrol cars, you ought to give consideration to annexation."
Meanwhile, across town, Cottonwood City Manager Brian Mickelsen was also touting the advantages of a Village annexation into Cottonwood. Reasons for annexation, he said, include: Access to the sewer system, police protection, local control of government, no city property tax, and orderly growth and development to city standards.
“We get a lot of requests for annexations – particularly Verde Village,” Mickelsen said. “Most often, it’s a general notion of ‘Why not?’”
The two primary reasons seem to be access to the city sewer system and police protection, he said, adding, “The county is really stretched thin.”
Especially in the arena of law enforcement, Buchanan and Mickelsen concur that the county simply cannot provide the same level of service that the city offers.
Verde Village, are you listening?