Fourth graders grilled Maricopa’s mayor and city manager on meaty issues of the day, from economic development and traffic to cows. Tuesday, Christian Price and Rick Horst visited the students at Sequoia Pathway Academy, where the mayor’s children are enrolled.
It was a lesson in civics and local history.
“Are we perfect? Do we always make the right decisions? We don’t,” Price said. “We do our best. We spend money on things we think are going to work out. Sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re wrong.”
The students’ tough questions belied their age on topics like getting big-box stores and chain restaurants to Maricopa, “that way we don’t have to waste gas going out of town.”
“The city’s just a little bit older than you guys,” Horst said. “One of these days the city’s going to retire, believe it or not. Retirement means when the city is all built out and all the land’s developed. And we want to make sure everyone enjoys the same quality of life in retirement as they do when they’re working.”