City to spend $800,000 to save $1.3 million
Most people are blissfully unaware that Phoenix has a city manager named David Cavazos. We’ve written about him previously, citing his longstanding disregard for Phoenix taxpayers along with his own employment woes before those transgressions were ignored and he was given the top job with a whopping $236,995 salary.
Cavazos’s latest wizardry is to merge the recycled trash and garbage pickup days as a cost saving and city beautification measure. Who could be against such a meritorious plan — especially in a declining economy with a looming budget deficit?
By now we should know that trusting these folks to oversee our money is akin to hiring an axe murderer to trim your trees. This is the same city where Mayor Philly Gordon felt it necessary to tax resident’s food to provide an unconscionable $14.3 million in “retention bonuses” to city employees.
With the merging of garbage and trash collections days, the city “hopes” to save $1.3 million annually, according to a report in the daily.
But at the bottom of the article we see that the savings comes with a surprise. Cavazos who calls this scheme “a total win for the community,” needs a cash infusion of $800,000 “to hire consultants and additional staff” to oversee the cost saving plan.
No mention is made of whether the consultants and staff will be temporary.