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Phoenix, Drunken Politicians and a New Food Tax

February 27, 2010 - 6:34pm
Jim Iannuzo by Jim Iannuzo


The City of Phoenix spent taxpayer money at a rate three times that of inflation and growth during the past 5 years. Now they want to impose a new regressive tax on food for home consumption. These are basic necessities of life that impact working families, especially during these tough economic times.

Consider some examples of the waste and mismanagement within the City of Phoenix that argue for efficient government not taxing food.

  1. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon authorizes a $100 million dollar giveaway to a private out of state developer for the City North Project. Phoenix taxpayers get 100 parking spaces in return and almost $1 million dollars in legal costs defending this blunder. The city continues to waste money on this fiasco even after the project declares bankruptcy.
  2. Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon insists on closing parks when private citizen groups have stepped up to run the parks at no cost to the city. In some cases these groups would actually pay the city through a lease back program. Not only would the city see a new source of funds, the parks would be kept open for all to enjoy.
  3. In 2008 the City spent almost $15 million on information technology but there is no computer access to the results of elections just 15 years ago. The city clerk actually has to pull a register and look it up manually.
  4. The City of Phoenix is writing a check for about $2 million dollars PER MONTH just to keep light rail alive. This doesn’t include $300 million in capital costs that somehow need to be paid back. Phoenix taxpayers are on the hook.

The city is acting like a drunk, asking for more of the same. It’s time to dry out.

Related Content:

So It's Either Food or Security, Mayor Gordon? - Kimberly Ruff
Phoenix Needs a Food Tax. Not! - Mike Renzulli
The Language of Liberty - Kimberly Ruff

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