With the annual State of the City Address just around the corner, the City of Maricopa again sought sponsorships from local businesses, with top donation tiers reaching $1,500, according to the city’s website. So, we were curious what readers thought about that at a time when many businesses are hurting from the pandemic.
As of noon Friday, 85 people answered our informal poll, which asked: Do you agree with the City raising approximately $21,000 from local businesses to spend on their State of the City Address event?
About 27% of voters said they agreed with the funds being raised, while 70% said they did not. Around 4% were unsure.
In a Facebook post promoting the poll, some readers believed the question was negative and misleading while others thought the sponsorship format worked well.
“I am glad Maricopa has great support for its Mayor and the city. I am not as happy with some of the verbiage and what may be termed as negative clickbait headlines. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth,” Robert King commented.
“As it’s not a donation per se, and an opportunity for businesses to advertise, good on both the city and the businesses for taking advantage of this!” Hyrum Grissom said.
Mayor Christian Price commented on the post thread, emphasizing it was 100% voluntary for businesses.
“There are many, many companies that are doing very well right now and yet they still have to advertise in order to get their goods and services known and in your hands,” he wrote.
“Also the city has to move forward and progress in spite of a pandemic ….”
Kimberly Saxberg had a different perspective.
“In the current environment we are in with COVID, our businesses are struggling. I don’t believe this was thought through. City of Maricopa, you are smarter than this!”