By Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio
If you support education, please vote NO on Proposition 104.
According to Phoenix staff, light rail will cost $161 Million per mile. The $31.5 Billion tax will take needed monies from education and other higher priorities.
The same politicians and insiders who brought you the failed Sheraton and pension fiasco are now bringing you this rushed train tax increase.
The Sheraton has lost over $130 Million in value and pensions are draining millions from our police and fire services every single year.
Mayor Stanton rushed the tax increase and exempted big business, forcing small business to pay the full tax. According to a City of Phoenix staff report, exempting big business from the tax increase will cost you $300 Million more in interest expense. Big business is now pouring millions into the campaign to pass this tax increase.
Education is the highest priority in our city. This tax increase will take money away from education. One mile of rail could pay the salaries of over 2,900 teachers.
Phoenix must first get its financial house in order and restore fiscal responsibility and accountability.
This election is about the future of our great city. Phoenix can either choose a path like other bankrupt cities, or, you can send a message to leadership to get its financial house in order.
- $31.5 Billion in new taxes
- $161 Million – cost per mile to build rail
- $300 Million in more interest expense by exempting big business
- 2900 NEW teachers for the cost of just one mile of rail
I strongly urge you to vote NO on Proposition 104.