Phoenix Business Owner Says Mayor Needs To Keep Campaign Promise Regarding Food Tax

(Phoenix, AZ) It seems there were a lot of questions directed at Mayor Stanton at a community meeting held at the Mayo Clinic on April 23rd. But it wasn’t zoning laws or the need to fix our streets that was on most people’s minds, it was the food tax. In fact some of the residents that attended wanted to know why Mayor Stanton isn’t keeping his campaign promise that he made to repeal it like he did during his campaign. While Mayor Stanton continued to tell residents that the tax is needed to keep fire and police services operating, Phoenix business owner and city resident Nohl Rosen reminded him that he needs to keep his promise to the people.

“As a business owner when I make a promise to a customer, I honor it as that is what your supposed to do because it’s good service. I simply reminded the Mayor that he made a promise to the citizens of Phoenix and that he needs to keep it,” Rosen said.

However, during the meeting which was also attended by City Council members Jim Waring and Bill Gates, it was revealed that the food tax was used to give pay raises to city employees and also fund golf courses.

“When the food tax was put into affect 3 years ago, the citizens were told that it was to keep fire and police services going. Now we find out that the money wasn’t used for its intended purpose. Still, Mayor Stanton during his campaign said he would repeal the food tax and hasn’t done it. That would be the honorable thing to do and also sets things right. Just what is the Mayor waiting for?” Rosen further asked.

Rosen says he’s considering doing more of his shopping in Scottsdale and other neighboring cities to fulfill regular household needs until the food tax is repealed and encouraging others to do the same.

Sal DiCiccio: Phoenix Food Tax, Broken Promises

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Mayor Stanton made an announcement on Thursday that he would not fulfill his campaign promise to repeal the food tax.  Along with many Phoenicians, I am very disappointed in his decision.  The citizens have relied on this commitment and, once again, their city is letting them down.

The middle class and the poor are the ones who will be impacted the most.  What makes this decision even more unfortunate is that over $106 million in pay raises have been doled out to city employees while Phoenix citizens have not seen one penny of relief.

You have my commitment to protect you and your family.  I will continue to push for the repeal of this tax that was passed deceptively with barely 24 hour notice.

The credibility of the City of Phoenix has been damaged.  The ability of people to trust the word of Phoenix officials has further diminished.  As I continue my fight to repeal the food tax, I will also strive to restore people’s faith in government.

AZ Republic columnist Laurie Roberts’ article on Stanton’s announcement

My best to you and your family,

Sal DiCiccio
City of Phoenix Councilman, District 6
602-262-7491
council.district.6@phoenix.gov

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Support for food tax earns Greg Stanton the status quo stamp of approval

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2011
CONTACT: Daniel Scarpinato

PHOENIX – It’s official! Career-politician Greg Stanton has been endorsed by nearly every big union group in the state – a distinction he’s earned thanks to his support for higher taxes, more spending and continuing the status quo.

The latest: The Arizona Guardian is reporting that Stanton is being endorsed by the firefighters union, who cite Stanton’s support for continuing the food tax as the reason.

“Greg Stanton is clearly beholden to big labor. His support for continuing the food tax when unemployment is at record levels is just more evidence that if elected Mayor, Stanton will go along to get along,” said Daniel Scarpinato, spokesman for the Gullett campaign. “Wes Gullett is firmly committed to repealing the food tax, and has a plan to reform city government and cut spending, while protecting public safety.”

A former city councilman, Stanton helped create the problems Phoenix is now dealing with. Then he quit his job on the council for a top-paying job as a taxpayer-funded lobbyist, leaving a mess behind for Phoenix residents.

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Councilman Sal DiCiccio endorses Wes Gullett

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2011
CONTACT: Daniel Scarpinato

DiCiccio praises Gullett for pledging to repeal the food tax, cut spending

PHOENIX – Wes Gullett is proud to announce that he has been endorsed by Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio in his campaign for Mayor.

“We need Wes Gullett in order to stand up to the unions and stop the out-of-control tax and spend policies coming out of City Hall,” DiCiccio said. “Wes will cut spending, cut fees, reform government and give us the vote to finally repeal the food tax. Phoenix taxpayers need jobs and tax relief, and Wes is the leader with the plan to do that.”

“I’m thrilled to have Councilman DiCiccio’s support,” Gullett said. “Sal has been a friend for years, and he’s been a voice of sanity, fighting on behalf of Phoenix taxpayers. As Mayor, I will lead the effort to repeal the food tax and cut spending.”

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