I have decided to release the facts on Phoenix’s Prop 104. This information was acquired over the six months I worked for the City of Phoenix.
Please share this information with Phoenix voters as early ballots hit households across Phoenix.
Train Tax Proposal Details:
- Current City Tax is 2.0%.
- Current City Tax Expires in 2020 receding back to 1.6%.
- If approved, Proposition 104 would continue the 0.4% AND add an additional 0.3% increase = 2.3%.
- With state and county, total City of Phoenix tax rate = 8.6%.
- The new tax rate (2.3%) would continue until 2035.
- Total pricetag of Prop 104 transit proposal = $31.5 Billion.
- Total light rail portion = $6.66 Billion.
- Total length of rail = 41.2 Miles.
- Total Cost/Mile = $161,650,485/Mile.
- Fair box Recovery (Phoenix only) 19%. Most recently, the city claimed 47% (Losing 53%).
- Light Rail Daily Ridership = 28,000 (Bus = 132,000) M-F.
- With entire proposal, the City of Phoenix could purchase 1.2 Million Prius or 2.2 Million Smart Cars or 8.75 Million Vespas (based on MSRP).
- 1 Mile of Light Rail could fund 2,944 Teachers.
- Entire project could fund 573,697 high school teachers or 16,391 teachers per year for 35 years ($54,907 median pay).
- City set an exemption of $10,000 on single-item purchases. First $10K taxes at 2.3%. After $10K, at 2.0%.
- By creating the $10K exemption, the projects scales back to $31.5 Billion but adds an additional $300 Million in interest charges to the proposal.
- The City of Phoenix has bought into the Obama Administration’s goal of redistributing wealth from the suburbs into the inner core of large cities.
- Light rail does NOT create new economic development. It only geographically relocates economic activity.
- The language of the ballot measure states that the City of Phoenix MAY spend the tax revenue on transit items. Id does not state SHALL spend the money on transit items.
- The City of Phoenix is expected to run a $50 Million deficit in 2015-2016. Passage of Prop 104 will allow the City of Phoenix to avoid that deficit.
- Light rail is fixed. Once the rail is in the ground, it cannot be inexpensively moved. Bus routes are flexible and can be rerouted.
- Light rail is 19th Century technology. We live in an age with Uber, telecommuting and other innovative technologies.
- The biggest contributors toward the MovePHX campaign (Pro-104) are developers – the corporations who will benefit directly from the tax revenues.
- There is a better way to improve transit instead of committing $31.5 BILLION over 35 years. Too much for too long.