Does thefood tax
leave a bad taste in your mouth? It's not too late to do something about it.
Yesterday, the Phoenix City Council voted 6-3 to approve a two percent tax on groceries, intended to raise an estimated $62 million over two years to preserve the jobs of cops, firefighters, and other city employees facing layoffs amid the budget deficit.
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When the tax takes effect in April, the only Valley cities where you'll be able to stock your fridge tax-free will be Mesa and Surprise.
But starting a week from today, residents will get a chance to speak up about the tax and a slew of proposed cuts in city services and programs at a series of public budget hearings. You can also leave comments at Phoenix.gov or at 602-262-4800.
Depending on the results of the hearings, the council could reverse the decision in March.