Is There No End to Tax Increases?

May 19, 2010

This is pretty interesting and the City of Phoenix wants to increase the rates.

Valley 2009 primary and secondary property tax rates

Phoenix            $1.8200

Glendale             1.5951

Tempe                1.4000

Chandler             1.1814

Gilbert                 1.1500

Scottsdale             .7432

Mesa                    .2977
Source: Maricopa County Assessor’s Office

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Below is letter from Sal DiCiccio to alert us:

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Your property tax is about to go up.  In the last four months, the City of Phoenix has imposed on you and your family:

  • A new food tax (up $50 million per year)
  • Increased water rates ($30 million per year; a 40% increase over 5 years)
  • Increased sewer rates ($3 million this year)
  • Increased fees on small business

And now the City of Phoenix wants to raise your property tax rate, even though your property values have gone down.

All of these fees and taxes were imposed to afford an average cost of $100,000 per city employee – that’s for all 14,000 employees.  This could all be fixed if Phoenix simply would restructure operations.  My office has asked Phoenix to address the high cost of labor at City Hall.  Instead, the city has chosen the easy route of raising taxes and fees on you, the public; all of which I opposed.

At 2 p.m. May 25, Phoenix will consider raising your property tax rate under the guise of a “floating rate.”  That means your taxes will “float” up.

I need your help.  Phoenix taxpayers need your help.  Please call or e-mail my office and let me know we don’t need anymore taxes.  I will pass your information along to the rest of the Council.

Please help get the word out and pass this information along.


Sal DiCiccio
Phoenix Councilman
200 W. Washington St. 11th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(602) 262-7491