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4/9/2013 10:24:00 AM
Letter: Williams a beautiful place to live but is it easy to own a home?

To the Editor:

Obviously, folks who visit or reside in the Williams area are happy that it is a pretty place to look at and live in. But, who among them is truly satisfied with the direction of Williams' human affairs?

The list is long but revealing. Federal agencies and state revenuers are satisfied with the revenues afforded by a dependable stream of tourists to the area.

Renters in the county who work in Federal agencies, the non-profit industries and state regulatory agencies cannot be roused to object.

Wealthy landowners who can afford to pay the tolls they advocate for everyone else are content. None of these three constituencies can conceive of upsetting the region's applecart.

But who is not content, happy and satisfied? The answer is the Williams' property owner. She is getting pinched between a trifecta of out-of-state initiatives, moneyed land-owners vested in federal initiatives, and the demands of a renting, unionized civil service in the region.

But, none are as distressed about this as is the land-owner who finds herself inside the territory governed by a Property Owners Association. Her trap is particularly insidious: POA/HOA members cannot assert our Homestead Act protections that allow them to ignore the capricious liens and assessments that sustain the trifecta. She pays. They ride. Period.

Something's got to give. There is good news for Williams' small lot-owners on the horizon. First, people are beginning to notice the extraneous origins of what passes for local politics in the region. And city government is stepping up, too.

Recently the Williams City Council debated the impact of impact fees and property taxes on the area's development. While the debate was inconclusive, it demonstrated that some in the city are pondering the longer-term effects of the trifecta on both Arizona's citizens' voting franchise and our pocketbooks.

Steve Shield


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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Pauly

The housing in Williams dosent come close to matching wages. To bad the development behind the school cant be sold as lots for people to build on.
From some of the fancy vehicles i see in Williams i imagine folks from California find the housing here cheap compared to ca. They sell theyre over priced home there than buy here.Also many homes here are for sale for years,without being sold.

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