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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
The Arizona Republic 
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  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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 Mayor Phil Gordon: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/02/03/20100203foodtax0203.html#
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