According to the Republic, "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" (Phoenix Gives OK to 2% Tax on Food; www.azcentral.com, 02/03/10)
Here is a link the City of Phoenix website: http://www.ci.phoenix.az.us/news/mediacalendar.html
They have a series of budget meetings scheduled this month, including a community-wide meeting on Wednesday, February 10th at 6pm:
Community Budget Hearing (Bilingual)
Carl Hayden High School auditorium
3333 W. Roosevelt St.
Barbara Frazier, 602-534-0115***
It would behoove us to get people together to voice opposition to the Food Tax for these meetings for several reasons: 1) media / citizen attention, 2) gain support for our referendum, and 3) pressure the City Council to reverse their decision in the meantime.
I already put in a call to the contact on this meeting, Barbara Frazier, to find out if we need to get pre-authorization to speak directly to the Council, or if we can simply show up and submit a card requesting audience. I will keep you updated.