Why are Phoenix politicians following the path of Greece?

Recently, I voted against the city of Phoenix budget because I see the same things surrounding Greece happening right here in Phoenix. Mayor Stanton and others pushed a budget to garner favor from the government unions (in an election year) that uses debt to pay for debt.

Sal DiCiccio

Sal DiCiccio

In simple terms, using a credit card to pay for a mortgage.

Here is what the union controlled mayor/council gave out:

  • ​$109,000: Average cost per employee for over 12,000 staff.
  • 40.5: Number of days off an entry-level clerk get the very first year on the job.
  • $300 million: The tax break for big business supporters of Prop 104. This tax break forces you and small business owners to pay an additional $300 Million for their tax break.
  • $173 million: Amount in pensions and retirement monies 50 government retirees will receive by the age of 75.
  • $1.2 million: Amount of cash one retiree received at retirement and THEN started a pension over $146,000 per year for life.

Here’s what the mayor/council want to cost you with Prop 104 – The Phoenix Transportation Tax: This is the most egregious poorly-planned proposal ever asked for by Phoenix politicians.

This would burden Phoenix taxpayers with $31.5 billion to spend on a train system that has never broken even. The cost to build and operate this boondoggle is $161 million per mile.

Recently, city staff even admitted that the system at its best, is losing 53 percent of its cost. This proposal will only make things worse.

Phoenix taxpayers cannot afford another fiscal failure. This August, don’t reward fiscal failure by enabling Phoenix politicians with more of your hard-earned money.

Vote no on Prop 104.

Mr. DiCiccio represents District 6 on Phoenix City Council

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