The Scottsdale City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a new code of ethics for elected city officials, their appointees and all 2,600 city employees.
Their decision means the city now will have to spend $50,000 each year for mandatory ethics training and an additional $200,000 to investigate complaints and enforce the new code.
Scottsdale resident Joel Bramoweth told the council that although he supports the ethics code, he is concerned about government spending and bloated bureaucracy.
“There’s an old expression — $100,000 here and $100,000 there, pretty soon we’re talking about real money,” Bramoweth said.
The code, which incorporates existing state and federal ethics guidelines, covers open government laws, public documents, grievances, conflict of interest and undue influence.
In addition to undergoing ethics education, elected officials now will have to publicly disclose their business interests before assuming office.
In other news, the city council also unanimously voted to uphold the Industrial Development Authority’s approval of the private issuance of up to $400 in bonds.
The bonds, to be issued by CitiCorp., a private financial institution, would pay for a third Scottsdale Healthcare hospital campus and would refinance the nonprofit hospital’s existing debt for its Osborn and Shea hospitals.
The 68-bed hospital would be located at Thompson Peak Parkway between Loop 101 and Pinnacle Peak Road, east of Scottsdale Road.
Major construction on the new hospital is slated to start this month and be finished in November 2007.