DiCiccio: rate tax hike for higher wages not better infrastructure

The new $15.3 million water tax increase is a scam that’s been tried before. You are being told that this new tax increase is for infrastructure, which is not true.

Sal DiCiccio

Sal DiCiccio

The new increase is going to pay for higher compensation for government union employees.

Here are the facts: The total compensation per employee in the water department is $88,162.45, which is an increase of over $11,000 per employee since fiscal year 2009-10. For 1,463 employees that increase equals $16.7 million. Bottom line: the increase in your water tax is paying for compensation increases for government union employees.

You were purposely misled in 2010 and they are doing it again. In 2010 you were told that the city needed to make massive and painful cuts, 305 employees were going to lose their jobs. The sky was falling and the city needed to impose a new tax increase to keep our water safe.

Well, none of that was true. We found out that the 305 jobs being cut in other departments were actually being transferred to the water department. The cost to transfer the government union employees was about $19 million, almost the exact same amount as the water tax increase. Phoenix politicians used the water tax increase to pay for that transfer.

It’s not going to end here. The unions are now asking for more money on top of their current guaranteed pay raises and bonuses they get every year (merit and longevity pay). If they get that additional pay raise, expect your water bill to continue to increase.

I need your help to expose this sham and to stop the shenanigans. You can call my office at 602-262-7491 or email me at council.district.6@phoenix.gov if you are interested in receiving the facts electronically. Feel free to share this information with your friends and family in Phoenix so that we can expose this scam.

Editor’s note: Mr. DiCiccio is a member of Phoenix City Council representing District 6

Mr. DiCiccio represents District 6 on Phoenix City Council

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