Local governments are responding to declining revenues by jacking up all taxes and fees. To counteract sharp declines in property values, municipalities are raising their property taxe rates, squeezing more out of properties even as they drop...
An issuing officer can get the information into the city’s database within about three days versus the 10 days it takes to enter a conventional citation. E-tickets also take less time to fill out, sending cop and driver along their merry ways, well,
By the new year, the East Palo Alto PD will be using automatic license plate readers to identify law breakers. The City Council has agreed to pay for the new devices – including two sets of high-speed cameras and sophisticated computers – with a gran
Potheads who’ve found the grass is greener under the state’s mellowed-out marijuana law have racked up as much as $64,500 in unpaid fines in Boston alone, thumbing their noses at hundreds of citations that cops have written up, but authorities are po
When 13-year-olds set up shop at a park last month, they were expecting a tidy profit. Instead, the wannabe entrepreneurs selling cupcakes, cookies, brownies and Rice Krispie treats baked by them got a taste of cold, hard bureaucracy.
Phoenix's controversial $97.4 million development deal with CityNorth may never be executed, a top city official says.
Deputy City Manager David Krietor, who took part in negotiations for the agreement, said last week that it is unlikely that any
The Maricopa Co. Board of Supervisors no longer wants to get between owners of blighted properties and their neighbors. The board took an unusual step when it voted to delegate responsibility for judging code-violation appeals to a panel of appointee
Ruling that cultural facilities can be considered "necessary public services," the Arizona Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld a Mesa levy on new homes to fund them.
In a unanimous decision, the judges said they have to give city council members b
The home rule provision allows cities to spend more than a state-imposed limit that would base budgets on 1980s spending levels. The home rule provision only affects how much cities can spend, as cities without home rule can only spend according to t
The Baltimore City Health Department issued its first environmental citation for repeat violations of the city's trans fat ban. The Health Department issued Healthy Choice, a food facility in the 400 block of Lexington Street, a $100 fine on Thursday
Big US cities could be squeezed by unfunded public pensions as they and counties face a $574 billion funding gap. The gap at the municipal level would be in addition to $3,000 billion in unfunded liabilities already estimated for state-run pensions,
The LA suburb is the target of state and federal investigations looking into not only high taxes but also high salaries paid to several former Bell officials and allegations of racial profiling of Hispanic drivers.
Inspectors told Julie Murphy and her mother, Maria Fife, to stop selling lemonade at the monthly Last Thursday arts festival in Northeast Portland last week. State law technically requires that even lemonade stands have temporary restaurant licenses,
Give away land to make money? Beatrice was a starting point for the Homestead Act of 1862, the federal law that handed land to pioneering farmers. Back then, the goal was to settle the West. The goal of Beatrice’s “Homestead Act of 2010,” is, in part
3 administrators whose huge salaries sparked outrage in this small blue-collar suburb of Los Angeles have agreed to resign, the City Council said. Council members emerged from an hours-long closed session at midnight Friday and announced that they'd
Taxpayers kick in an average $8.60 for every dollar that city employees contribute to their pensions, a sweet deal costing the Big Apple a bundle.
Even though their own retirements are less secure, as private businesses have shifted from tradition
Phoenix Police go hunting for motorists who owe $2 million in unpaid parking tickets, using high-tech cameras capable of scanning thousands of vehicle tags a day to recover more than 15,000 unpaid fines going back 10 years.
Mime permit: $25 ($15 surcharge if mime breaks silence) Toilet facilities in city parks: $2 per flush ($2 surcharge if you leave seat up) Food service permit for caterers: $150 per event Dispose of deceased cat or dog: $20
For the first time in 14 years, Phoenix leaders are expected to approve a property-tax hike to help pay the city's $150 million annual projected debt. The City Council today will likely sign off on a proposal to raise the primary property-tax levy 2%
Many water utilities are raising rates because water use is down, in part because manufacturers have closed or are cutting back, tourism has fallen and the real estate market is in the doldrums. Water sales for the Kennebunk, Kennebunkport & Wells Wa
Morpheus Blasts Phoenix City Council. The food tax is a Regressive tax hurting the poor the most. PHOENIX- The Phoenix City council meeting on March 2 2010, where Off the grid Guy Aka Morpheus blasts the city council for running a SCAM on the peopl
Apparently, the committee to fight the 2% food tax, after spending money and time printing petitions and collecting signatures, had to print new petitions and restart signature gathering, throwing away all signatures gathered to date.
PHOENIX -- City Councilman Sal DiCiccio (District 6) explains why he opposed the food tax approved by the Cit Council earlier this month. The 2-percent tax is slated to go into effect in April.
"The basis of the opposition is that it goes a lot de
[brilliant] Nothing succeeds in the travel industry like a bad idea. The latest hidden mandatory add-on is a "health" charge added to restaurant bills. As far as I know, this scam cropped up first in San Francisco, but you can count on it to spread.
Feb 2, 2010 Emergency Phoenix City council Mayor Phil Gordon on the food tax, Mayor Gordon made 4 trips to Dubai 2008 and 3 to Dubai 2009. The city council also spent $255 Million for the ASU Phoenix campus and a tiny park. Morpheus aka Off The Gri
Mike Renzulli reports about the latest news about the effort to put Phoenix's newly implemented sales tax on grocery purchases on the ballot and the recent cronyism on the part of the city of Phoenix taking place.
The same week that Phoenix leaders imposed a 2 percent food tax to prevent layoffs and painful cuts to city services, City Council members agreed to spend $6 million to buy a vacant motel so Arizona State University can expand its downtown campus.
The Phoenix city council has ran the city into bankruptcy and now the SLAVES must foot the bill. The Overlords have decided that the way to pay for their wanton spending is to TAX FOOD. A food tax is the most evil, immoral, unethical tax in existence
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