By Wm. T. (Sparky) Smith ’64
WRONG DIRECTION – WRONG TAX – WRONG BOND PACKAGE
I am an appointed volunteer of the INNOVATION AND EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE. The I&E TF consists of volunteers and City employees. We spend hours and hours studying Phoenix departments, their operations and budgets looking for ways to cut expenses, to balance Phoenix’s budget, to keep taxes affordable.
Wrong Direction: WHY GO BACKWARDS?
More Light Rail will add MILLIONS to PHOENIX’S OPERATING BUDGET, undoing the $98 million in savings found by the I&E TF. This ever-increasing BUDGET HOLE leads TOWARD PHOENIX’S BANKRUPTCY!
This $30,000,000,000.00, yes “Billion” dollar Tax Package, the Mayor and the City Council, have BETRAYED the Taxpayers of Phoenix.
Wrong Tax: SALES TAX
By increasing by 70% the city sales tax portion that goes to support public transportation, city merchants will find competing more difficult; people will just buy in cheaper cities! The City recognized this: they exempted purchases of over $10,000 to keep from killing car sales in PHOENIX, “buying off” the wealthy car dealers at our expense!
Wrong Bond Package: LIGHT RAIL
Facing multi- million dollar budget deficits for the fore-seeable future because of UNION PENSIONS, why would PHOENIX triple the size of the “TAX DOLLAR BLACK HOLE”, light rail system?.” We have gone from Transit Busses that required a 35% tax subsidy to Light Rail that requires a 95% with no more riders. There is not one LR system in the country that is sustainable without massive local taxpayer subsidies; costing $MILLIONS & $MILLIONS, year after year!
“WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A HOLE, STOP DIGGING!”
Phoenix VOTERS, WE CAN STILL STOP THIS BETRAYAL!
VOTE NO! on PROP 104 !
A Very Concerned member of Phoenix’s INNOVATION and EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE