We need a big showing of members this Friday, July 1, 2016 at 9:00 am at the Phoenix City Council meeting. The Council will be voting on adopting a property tax increase. There is concern that the increase might not have the support from the Council it needs to pass. If the increase does not pass, there will be some profound impacts to the City’s operating budget that would likely include hiring/promotional freezes, etc.
The City has not modified its property tax rates for decades and the increase will be on the average, about a $40-50 year increase in the property tax a homeowner pays to Phoenix. The City needs this additional income to operate effectively and we need it so that we can continue to protect the public adequately.
If the property tax increase is not approved, there will be an budget deficit of $37 million that will need to be corrected immediately. The quickest way to impact the deficit is to freeze all hiring and promotions.
The meeting will be at 9:00 am, this Friday at Council Chambers (200 West Jefferson Street) It will be the third item on the agenda, so please be there right at 9:00 am and wear a union shirt but no uniforms please! (If you have a black PLEA T-shirt from previous PLEA events please wear it, we have extras at the PLEA office if you need to pick one up).
As you enter, please fill out a comment card that indicates whether or not you wish to speak. At a minimum, note on your card that you support the tax increase. Please bring yourself and anyone else you want, as we need bodies in the room.
Additionally we would ask that you and your friends and family also call/email the offices of the following three council members and tell them you support the tax increase so the City won’t have to cut services.
Vice Mayor Kate Gallego
Councilwoman Laura Pastor
Councilman Michael Nowakowski