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Statement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio: PHX Votes Down Massive Tax Increase on WaterStatement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio: PHX Votes Down Massive Tax Increase on Water<div class="ExternalClass806C4B812D17492CB01C5AFC75D73148"><p>"Today the public made it extremely clear: they no longer trust the failed dysfunctional leadership of the City of Phoenix.</p><p>Phoenix leaders demanded a whopping $1.5 BILLION water tax increase, one of the largest in city history. This was voted down on a 5 to 3 vote, with Councilwomen Guevara, Mendoza, and Stark voting for the tax increase but Mayor Williams indicated she plans to bring it back for reconsideration later.<br></p><p>Just weeks ago this same dysfunctional leadership team trashed your cash:</p><ul><li>Tried to force a $50 Million per year tax on medicine, crying we will lose police if we don't pass this new tax. Luckily, it did not pass.</li><li>Wasted $10 million to study garbage.</li><li>Gave an insider developer $700,000 worth of public property for a mere $50,000 in an insider-deal.</li><li>Lied to the south Phoenix community about the effect of light rail on their neighborhoods and businesses.</li><li> Poured millions into membership dues for government staff.<br></li></ul><p>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. Every time they run out of money to waste, the politicians claim hardship and demand more money.<br></p><p>When everything is labeled a crisis, nothing is a crisis. In fact, the only crisis I see here is a lack of public trust in dysfunctional city leadership."<br></p><p><br></p></div>12/12/2018 11:45:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405