Count on City of Phx. Dem lies, food tax to continue

Looking for integrity?  You won’t find it in the City of Phoenix

Let’s cut to the chase on this one and dissect the recent news report in the daily headlining: “Food-tax repeal may hit Phoenix hard.”

Back in February 2010, the City of Phoenix was in such dire financial straits that erstwhile Mayor Philly Gordon initiated a 2% sales tax on the food people need to survive. This, while unemployment was soaring and amid unprecedented home foreclosures.

Using scare tactics, Gordon and some of his council minions said they were “desperate to avert layoffs of police officers, firefighters and other city workers,” and needed to generate tens of millions of dollars in new revenue for city services such as senior centers and libraries. Yet even in the tough economy, in December 2009, they coughed up $14.3 million in unconscionable “retention bonuses” to 6,989 employees — who should have been happy to still have a job. Then in May 2011 Phoenix handed out an additional $28.9 million in performance pay raises and longevity awards.

Current Mayor Greg Stanton made the repeal of the food tax an integral part of his 2011 campaign as he pledged to abolish the tax by April. Now. while not making a definitive statement, he equivocates, “We still have significant challenges; the economy is not bouncing back as quickly as people had hoped.”

In a recent memo to Stanton and the City Council, City Manager David Cavazos took on the role of hedger-in-chief, removing the onus from Stanton. Cavazos claims a loss in revenue from the food tax could harm the way credit-rating agencies evaluate Phoenix. A lower credit rating would require the city to pay higher interest rates when borrowing money. Then there is the threatening hammer of layoffs of police and fire fighters, though both have been repeatedly funded by bond elections.

Both Gordon and Stanton are unconcealed Democrats who run in shams ridiculously termed “non-partisan” city elections.

And Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos hired on at $236,995 in October 2009? While acting deputy city manager, career city hack Cavazos was suspended for a week without pay after an internal investigation found that under his watch city workers spent more than $280,000 in taxpayer money on questionable travel expenses. That costly lack of management skills didn’t impede Cavazos’ accession to the top job. It does speak volumes about his utter and longstanding disregard for taxpayer dollars.

In the course of  issuing warning memos on the “stark circumstances” associated with repealing the outrageous tax on food, David Cavazos was the recent beneficiary of what amounted to the next best thing to winning the lottery jackpot.  This past December, Cavazos became the lucky recipient of a 33% raise, which amounts to an extra $78,000 a year! He will now be pulling down a base salary of $315,000 a year plus a $600 monthly car allowance, $35,000 a year in deferred compensation, and a $4,000 “longevity” bonus.

But don’t hold your breath expecting the food tax to disappear.

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22 Responses to Count on City of Phx. Dem lies, food tax to continue

  1. who cares ? says:

    Shameful!

    The voters of Phoenix are all asleep, otherwise, there would be an uprising of people that would rival any of these:

    http://listverse.com/2010/10/04/top-10-revolutions-felt-around-the-world/

  2. eubykdisop says:

    Gordon asked Phoenix residents to look for ways to avoid the “necessity” of the food tax. I responded and contacted him.

    After having reviewed the entire budget for the City of Phoenix, item by item, I found that the “shortfall” could be MORE than remedied if Phoenix were to close less than half of it’s city owned golf courses! If it were to further divest itself of those properties OR privatize them, for a percentage of the profits, Phoenix would actually GAIN ground financially.

    I sent the details to Gordon… and NEVER got a response!

    Which is the higher priority, keeping ALL city owned golf courses open OR not having a tax on food?

    City owned golf courses have the highest per use cost of any service provided by the city!

    • Louise Ann says:

      The priority is keeping the “best and brightest, honest, caring, doing it for the children” politicians in power and earning “their fair share”. We should name them what they really are – the top of the food chain of ‘takers’.

      • eubykdisop says:

        Hi, Louise Ann!

        Yes! One of the hallmarks of Liberals is that are REALLY about the exact opposite of what they claim to be for!

    • Westnash says:

      Was the budget you reviewed complete and line by line?

      I agree w/ you on making the city courses pay or getting rid of them…or maybe just getting rid of them.

      • eubykdisop says:

        It was the complete published budget for the City of Phoenix, Westnash. If there was something other than that, I am not aware of it. It was because it was item by item that the costs for the golf courses was so glaringly apparent. Anyone going through that budget looking to make low impact cuts to avoid a food tax could not have missed it.

        Oddly, library services were curtailed and their per use cost was a fraction of that for golf courses!

    • Kent says:

      Golf courses provide a major component of our tourist industry. Winter visitors arriving from freezing climes flock to the sunny courses. The golf courses also bring them back. I meet many snowbirds on the city courses I play. Without exception, they mention what a draw being able to play is. Would you rather lose those additional mega bucks they spend here on lodging, dining, shopping and in-state travel to Florida?

      • eubykdisop says:

        There are plenty of private golf courses available, Kent. Furthermore, less than half of the city owned golf courses would have had to be eliminated. In addition, I question how much revenue those people are generating if they are going to a city course instead of a private one.

        The real issue, Kent, is whether all the residents of the City of Phoenix should have to pay a tax on food so that some residents and tourists can play golf at a city owned golf course. Golf is a game, not played by all city residents, but food is not a game and everyone has to eat!

      • Westnash says:

        Since they can’t play golf back home at any price in the winter, at the least they should have to pay a price for golf course usage that covers costs. Otherwise all of us are subsidizing their game.

        Personally I would rather they ALL went to Florida or anywhere else but I know that is not the right answer. I am also interested to know if city,county, state officials get a reduced rate to play those courses?

        In a water scarce environment like Arizona, an excess of water thirsty golf courses doesn’t seem very smart…especially if they are not being used or profitable.

        I totally agree that to cut back on other services like libraries and trying to renew this food tax is wrong?

        HAS SRAZ COME OUT TO THE PRESS ON THIS ISSUE?

      • eubykdisop says:

        First of all, Westnash, a blog is it’s OWN form of “media”, separate and distinct from “the press”. Secondly, one of the reasons for the existence of “Seeing Red AZ” is that “the press” won’t cover news either objectively or from a Conservative point of view. Lastly, you were given the job of “press relations” six days ago:

        “Westnash says:
        January 29, 2013 at 10:35 am
        What has SRA done to contact the NATIONAL media and say that many Arizonan’s don’t agree with McCain?”

        “Seeing Red AZ says:
        January 29, 2013 at 10:48 am
        Since we’re at work, we’ve put you in charge, Westnash. Feel free to forward the link with this post to every media outlet you can think of — including print and electronic — locally and national.”

        “And don’t forget the numerous local newspapers round the state.”

        “Great suggestion.Thanks for stepping up!”

        So the question, yet once again, Westnash, is what have YOU done to get this SRAZ article in the press?

  3. Westnash says:

    Great thread…SRAZ. Can you develop a petition for the roll back of Cavazos’s pay and let readers sign it?

    • Seeing Red AZ says:

      Westnash,
      Seeing Red AZ is a political blog. We do not generate petitions, neither do we contact the left-wing Arizona Republic newspaper or the national media to push the conservative issues we cover on this site. Such efforts would fall under the heading of ‘Fool’s Errands.” We have neither the time nor the inclination.

      These are some of your previous comments:`

      “SRAZ. Can you develop a petition for the roll back of Cavazos’s pay and let readers sign it?”

      “What has SRA done to contact the NATIONAL media and say that many Arizonan’s don’t agree with McCain?”

      “HAS SRAZ COME OUT TO THE PRESS ON THIS ISSUE?”

      On January 29, we wrote to you saying, “Since we’re at work, we’ve put you in charge, Westnash. Feel free to forward the link with this post (or any other Seeing Red AZ post you deem appropriate) to every media outlet you can think of — including print and electronic — locally and national. And don’t forget the numerous local newspapers around the state. Great suggestion. Thanks for stepping up!

      Reread our response. It stands.

      • Westnash says:

        You are just a rock thrower then, not a means of change.

      • eubykdisop says:

        ROFL! And what does that make you, Westnash? You continually attempt to be an agent of change in this blog, somehow thinking that your shabby Pinko propaganda is going to nudge Conservatives in your Liberal direction, LOL!

        You make the same mistake that Liberals always make; discounting Conservatives as Neanderthal “knuckle-draggers” who can be easily manipulated by the “superior intelligence” of Liberal Pinkos like you.

    • Maggie says:

      Not too long ago, Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts wrote a couple of comments here on Seeing Red AZ. Obviously, the media is well aware of the site.

    • Army Of One says:

      Seeing Red AZ is “just a rock thrower” and “not a means of change” unless they cave to your imbecilic demands? That’s pretty funny!

      And you? I notiice you post throughout the day and late into the night and early morning. Most of us have jobs. You must be a government taker. You obviously aren’t working. How many checks do you have coming in that I work my ass off to provide you with the ability to post negative comments and be the flame-thrower-in-chief on conservative sites?

      • eubykdisop says:

        Love your post, Army Of One! :-)

        It is well documented, Army Of One, that there are paid, “Trojan Horse Trolls” whose compensated employment is to disrupt Conservative forums as a full time job. That doesn’t mean, though, that you aren’t paying for food stamps for Westnash, LOL! ;-)

  4. Seen It All says:

    Cavazos’ appointment was a nod to diversity over competence. The newspaper raved, describing him as “Hispanic, and the first minority to hold the highest non-elected office in the nation’s fifth-largest city.”

    Sorry, but those are not qualifications. It is of no consequence to me if the City Manager was an Inuit Eskimo and swung from chandeliers as long as he or she had the background, knowledge and integrity for the task at hand. Cavazos isn’t that person.

    The other finalists for the city manager position David Krietor, Rick Naimark and Ed Zuercher were all far more competent. But dang! Their skin was just to darn white. The closed-door interviews allowed for no public comment and were calculated to ensure Cavazos’ selection.

    • eubykdisop says:

      With Liberals, everyone is equal. It’s just that some people are more equal than others! ;-)

      • Seeing Red AZ says:

        euby,
        Thank you for your response to Westnash concerning the objectives of Seeing Red AZ. This blog serves a specific purpose, which is to inform from a conservative perspective.

      • eubykdisop says:

        You’re welcome, SRAZ. Westnash isn’t stupid. He knows the purpose of this blog and that what he has repeatedly called for is inappropriate and ridiculous. He’s just being a typical Liberal pain in the butt… because he can, LOL! ;-)

  5. Danco says:

    Phoenix continues it’s transformation into becoming Sacramento

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