Phoenix Food Tax on the way to being halved

May 02, 2013

(Read the meeting transcript here)

Dear Phoenix Taxpayer,

At the Wednesday (May 1) meeting of the Phoenix City Council, eight out of the nine council members voted to put one cent of the two-cent city food tax on the road to repeal by January 1, 2014.  Thanks to those members (listed below) and thanks to all of the grassroots activists who contacted council members.


Unfortunately, there was no motion to repeal the entire two-cent tax. But if we get half a loaf, it will be an important stepping stone on the way to full repeal.  We will prove that we can easily repeal the whole tax without impacting vital city services.

Of course, there’s plenty a slip twixt the cup and the lip.  The next showdown — the real vote — will come at the beginning of October, when the Council will review City Manager David Cavasos’ plan to eliminate the one cent tax.  But overall, today’s vote is good news for Phoenicians of all parties: the food tax falls heavily on the poorest citizens of Phoenix — and its revenues have been used to increase salary-and-benefit packages for city workers, many of whom rake in more than $100,000 a year.

These members voted to move toward repealing the one cent tax:

DiCiccio, Sal  602-262-7491

Gates, Bill  602-262-7441

Nowakowski, Michael 602-262-7492

Simplot, Tom 602-262-7447

Stanton, Greg 602-262-7111

Valenzuela, Daniel 602-262-744

Waring, Jim  602-262-7445

Williams, Thelda  602-262-7444

Unfortunately, Councilman Michael Johnson did not even want to contemplate the repeal, saying that the City had cut too many “services” during the past few years.

Johnson, Michael 602-262-7493

Thanks to everyone who did attend the meeting of the Phoenix City Council, and thanks to Wes Harris and Nancy Zimmerman for speaking in favor of repealing the one cent by January 1, 2014.  Unfortunately, the Council does not hold its meetings after working hours, so that hardworking taxpayers can easily attend…

For Liberty, Tom

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity
(602) 478-0146


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