“Billionaires Buying Out Millionaires.” Co-hosts Steve Williamson and Mike Cosentino welcome Randy Garrison of the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors back to the show. Garrison is the Republican incumbent who is being challenged in the coming election by Democratic candidate, Donna Michaels. After explaining why he believes the Verde Valley is best represented by a Republican, Garrison addresses the most pressing issues in the Verde Valley such as population growth, land development and the shortage of workforce housing created by short-term rentals.
He describes the problem with short-term rentals in Sedona as a plague, saying the word around the city is that billionaires are buying out millionaires, making housing unaffordable for the people who work here. Garrison notes that Sedona currently needs 1,800 affordable homes just for the workforce we already have. The problem will only become greater as the area and the state continue to grow.