Statement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Phoenix Passes Largest Water Tax IncreaseStatement from Councilman Sal DiCiccio: Phoenix Passes Largest Water Tax Increase<div class="ExternalClassF807442E3DA5418D8445B4C96C692FBB"><p>"Nothing in the recent history of the City of Phoenix justifies the trust that the Council majority chose to place in City Leadership by approving the largest water rate increase in our history, and I will be eager to see what votes and positions on other issues, including the Vice Mayorship, are soon affected by today's decision. Simply put, City of Phoenix leadership has demonstrated a complete lack of credibility on this and a broad range of issues and continues to place the interests of insiders ahead of our voting public.</p><p>Less than two years ago, the Council voted for a 5% increase in water rates, supposedly to handle our future infrastructure needs. At that time, the Council requested a plan to see how those monies would be spent. We never received that plan. Now, this. Once again, there is no clearly identified plan. Once again, we're told that the Water Services Department needs these monies desperately, but never given more than the vaguest details of what these funds will be used for – exactly like the last increase they sought. It is all too likely that rather than the infrastructure City staff claims we need, what we'll really get is more employees in administration, more overhead, and another request for another increase in the near future.</p><p>From the tax on medicine to the sale of over $700,000 worth of land for $50,000 (Phoenix is being sued over this deal) and the terrible one-lane plan for South Central Avenue; City of Phoenix leadership has proven over and over in recent months that they cannot be trusted. They are even using a City contract attorney to sue 40,000 of our own citizens who banded together to oppose the disastrous plan for light rail in South Phoenix. Until substantive changes are made to the way things are run at City Hall, it is utterly irresponsible for the Council majority to continue to support these boondoggles."<br></p><p><br></p></div>1/9/2019 11:10:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405