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Phoenix Food Tax - council has the option of reversing its decision (DONATE TO REFERENDUM HERE)

• Phoenix Libertarians
Hi All!
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;, 02/03/10)
Here is a link the City of Phoenix website:
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.
Kim Ruff

4 Comments in Response to

Comment by Anonymous
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 L meetings are a waste of time. 

4409, lol, I do not love taxes.  Even if the food tax were 4%, you only illustrate my point which is that for L's to be consistent relative to their position on property taxes, they would OPPOSE the referendum against the food tax and run a constitutional initiative opposing all state tax.

Comment by Forty Four O Nine
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Dear anonymous tax lover,

Libertarians are all whipped up about a 2% tax on food because they know that it will not stop at 2%.

Its funny how you are telling them what they should be working on...lmao

Comment by Nick Barnett
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Why don't you go to a L meeting and talk to them about it?

Comment by Anonymous
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 I dispise using the pro-tax argument to illustrate this point, but can't help it when there's an opportunity to illustrate (big L) Libertarian hypocracy.

Libertarians are all whipped up about a 2% tax on food, which amounts to $2 per $100 spent, with an average annual take per person of approximately $100/year. 

If you look at ALL SALES taxes, calculate it out.  How much do you spent per year (except groceries)?  Multiply by 8.3%.  But you big Ls aren't b*ichting or mustering to fight that.

Now look at property taxes. is going to save property taxpayers approximately $500 million in year one and $200 mill in year two ON TOP of $500 mill, only to increase year after year.  It will also eliminate the need to fight every bond and override measure that they concoct statewide forever.

Big L Libertarians aren't on board for that though because they say that there should be NO tax on property (which I agree with).

Using the same logic, Big L Libertarians should OPPOSE efforts to fight the 2% sales tax and be working on a constitutional initiative to eliminate ALL sales tax.

But who ever said Big L Libertarians were consistent in practice? (LOL).

To remain consistent, Big Ls would support, but they wont.  Why?  Because by nature, they are hypocrites.

Challenge that unassailable logic!