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Phoenix gives OK to 2% tax on food

Posted By admin On February 4, 2010 @ 1:41 pm In U.S. News | Comments Disabled

Scott Wong
The Arizona Republic [1]
Thursday, February 4, 2010

Desperate to save police, fire and other city jobs, a divided Phoenix City Council on Tuesday approved a sales tax on grocery items that will generate tens of millions of dollars a year.

The 2 percent food tax will take effect April 1 and expire after five years, though Mayor Phil Gordon [2] said the council has the option of reversing its decision after it hears from the public during 15 budget hearings planned for this month.

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The tax on milk, meat, vegetables and other food purchased by shoppers will generate an estimated $12.5 million for the fiscal year that ends June 30. It will raise another $50 million for fiscal 2011. Food purchased with food stamps will not be taxed.

The extra tax revenue means Phoenix will have more money in its coffers to help close a $241 million general-fund budget deficit through June 2011. Last week, budget officials proposed cutting $140 million in services. Other special funds for things like transit also could get money.

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[1] The Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/02/03/20100203foodtax0203.html

[2] Mayor Phil Gordon: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/02/03/20100203foodtax0203.html#

[3] Image: http://www.prisonplanet.tv

[4] Phoenix Mayor Loses 4 Pounds In One Week On “Food Stamp Budget”: http://www.prisonplanet.com/government-assistance-doesn%e2%80%99t-cut-it-anymore-phoenix-mayor-loses-4-pounds-in-one-week-on-%e2%80%9cfood-stamp-budget%e2%80%9d.html

[5] More Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving This Year Than Ever Before: http://www.prisonplanet.com/more-americans-will-use-food-stamps-for-thanksgiving-this-year-than-ever-before.html

[6] Food stamp use rises to record 45.8 million: http://www.prisonplanet.com/food-stamp-use-rises-to-record-45-8-million.html

[7] FDA requests $300 million war chest to implement onerous new food safety regulations against farmers, commercial food growers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fda-requests-300-million-war-chest-to-implement-onerous-new-food-safety-regulations-against-farmers-commercial-food-growers.html

[8] Top secret: $80B a year for food stamps, but feds won’t reveal what’s purchased: http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-secret-80b-a-year-for-food-stamps-but-feds-won%e2%80%99t-reveal-what%e2%80%99s-purchased.html

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