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Statement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio: SHIP OF FOOLS Statement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio: SHIP OF FOOLS <div class="ExternalClass65AA87A7DF31467DB81BA180DA78166E"><p style="text-align:center;"><em>City Management Fails Again</em><br></p><p>​"The same management team that have spent this year bringing forward nothing but a host of blunders have now brought on another fiasco with the new $1.5 billion water tax. Moody's bases its bond rating system on a municipality's willingness to pay and raise rates. <br></p><p>City management, by scheduling a water tax vote they didn't have the votes to pass, has now has created doubt by the bond rating entity. City management spent virtually no time walking the council prior to the vote. What did they spend all their time on? Insider dealing with the Suns - and didn't count their votes on that either. The vote on the water tax never should have been scheduled in the first place unless they were totally confident they had the votes to pass it. <br></p><p>This follows the other major fiascos the City management team has failed at:<br></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>Forced a vote on the Phoenix Suns without talking to anyone on the council to see if they supported the "deal". The vote was continued to January 23, because another loss would have embarrassed the Suns, Mayor, City Manager, and his entire 12<sup>th </sup>floor team.<br></li></ol><ol start="2" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>$50 million a year tax on medicine. Failed at council. This fiasco was "unveiled" at the last possible moment on the public so that no one, no one would come out to oppose it. The City Manager pushed this and luckily the council said a resounding, unanimous NO. <br></li></ol><ol start="3" style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>City of Phoenix leaves League of Cities and Towns organization-after 80 years of membership.  The City management team once again schedules a vote and guess what?  Another oops.  Management never once asked the council if they wanted to be part of this group.  And, another embarrassing failure<br></li></ol><p>You would think the management team would be embarrassed by this, instead they continue to double down pushing other failures. This list could go on and on, but answer this simple question; If Phoenix could not even fix one single pot hole or one of our melting street signs, what makes anyone think this management team could present any reliable results on anything. These votes and others are a reflection in the lack of confidence in the management team, from the City Manager down to the department heads. </p><p> Reliability of information is critical in making decisions. Right now, there is a lack of trust in the ability and decision-making of this City management team, and it's showing."<br></p><p> </p></div>12/20/2018 3:45:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405