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Be safe on the road with school back in session.

School has resumed throughout Sedona and the Verde Valley.

In the last few weeks, readers will note that we have run several press releases from nonprofits and state agencies preparing parents and students for the return to classrooms.

The city of Cottonwood is facing yet another boondoggle regarding wastewater.

This time, the issue revolves around an almost inexplicably stupid decision to build a wastewater treatment plant at Riverfront Park predicated on the assumption that the facility could inject water back into the aquifer without drilling a test well first to see if that was even possible.

Since the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Camp Verde United School District budget has increased from $8.1 million to $9.1 million.

One would logically think this increase in budget would equate to a correlated increase in teacher salaries. After all, teachers are the men and women on the low end of the financial totem pole, spend the most time directly with our children and are most responsible for the success or failure of our schools.

The Cottonwood City Council recently renewed the contract of Magistrate A. Douglas Lasota, despite a reported review from one council member that the court could be more efficiently run without him, by contracting for services with another local court.

Who knew John Lennon’s “Imagine” would apply to municipal finance?

“You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one.”

In looking at local municipal budgets over the last few years it would appear that financial departments dream big, plan for half and settle for one-third.

Early morning last Friday, a Cottonwood user started posting a series of comments on a story about the Sedona Fire District on our Facebook page.

There were numerous factual errors in the user’s comments, all easily verifiable, and none related to the story nor to SFD, but rather in the user’s comments about an elected official who had coin­cidently defeated the commenting user in the last election cycle.

We replied with several “editor’s notes,” correcting the errors so readers could still read the user’s relevant comments but see corrections to the erroneous comments directed sideways at the user’s former campaign opponent.

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