On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Phoenix leaders considered $1.5 billion water tax increase. The Council rejected the proposal for now in a 5 to 3 vote,
Council members Guevara, Mendoza, and Stark voted in favor of the largest water tax increase in city history. Mayor Thelda Williams voted with the majority against the proposal. Williams’ vote with prevailing side allows her to reintroduce the measure at a later date and in the meantime lobby fellow council members to switch their no votes to yes votes.
Councilman Sal DiCiCiccio, in a statement released after the vote noted that the “same dysfunctional leadership team trashed your cash.” DiCiccio then itemized recent questionable decisions by leadership including trying to “force a $50 Million per year tax on medicine, crying we will lose police if we don’t pass this new tax.” That attempt failed.
The City, according to DiCiccio was successful “wasting $10 million to study garbage,” and giving “an insider developer $700,000 worth of public property for a mere $50,000 in an insider-deal.”
“The fact is, Phoenix is experiencing more revenue than it ever has before in its history as a city and still city officials cry that we can’t pay for critical functions of government,” stated DiCiccio. “Every time they run out of money to waste, the politicians claim hardship and demand more money.”
“When everything is labeled a crisis, nothing is a crisis,” continued DiCiccio. “In fact, the only crisis I see here is a lack of public trust in dysfunctional city leadership.”