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Arizona Libertarian Party hoping to repeal Phoenix food tax

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Arizona Libertarian Party hoping to repeal Phoenix food tax
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PHOENIX -- Monday night, members of Arizona's Libertarian Party added the first of what they hope will eventually be thousands of signatures needed to potentially repeal the recently passed food tax in Phoenix.

"The city government simply said we need to grab this money," said Joe Cobb, Libertarian Party Treasurer. "We the people think we should rise up and say 'no.'"

Last week the Phoenix City Council approved a 2 percent tax on food.

The money raised from the tax would help keep jobs in both the Phoenix Fire and Police Departments from being cut.

"I think we should cut the police department in favor of relying on the unorganized militia for our safety," said Barry Hess, Vice-Chair of the Arizona Libertarian Party.

Reached by phone Monday night, a Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson said firefighters have already given up a lot, from furlough days to positions going unfilled.

"(The Libertarians) are not taking into consideration public safety and other services provided by the City of Phoenix," said Pete Gorraiz, President of the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.

But the Libertarians believes the fire department needs to do more.

Citywide - Bilingual
6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10
Carl Hayden High School
Auditorium
3333 W. Roosevelt St.

District 8
10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
Devonshire Senior Center
Multi Purpose Room
2802 E. Devonshire Ave.

District 2
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
Juniper Library
Community Room
1825 W. Union Hills Drive

Districts 5 and 7
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
Maryvale Community Center
Auditorium
4420 N. 51st Ave.

District 8
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11
South Mountain Community College
Student Union, SU 100 A
7050 S. 24th St.

Districts 1 and 5
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
Manzanita Senior Center
3581 W. Northern Ave.

District 7
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16
Burton Barr Central Library
Auditorium
1221 N. Central Ave.

District 1
6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17
Goelet A.C. Beuf Community Center
Multi Purpose Room
3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road

District 6
6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17
Madison School District Office
Board Room
5601 N. 16th St.

District 3
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18
Cowden Center
Barb’s Room
9202 N. Second St.

District 6
6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18
Pecos Community Center
17010 S. 48th St.

District 2
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Paradise Valley Community Center
Multi Purpose Room
17402 N. 40th St.

District 3
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Shadow Mountain Senior Center
3546 E. Sweetwater Ave.

District 7
6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23
Cesar Chavez High School
Auditorium
3921 W. Baseline Road

District 4
7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
Steele Indian School Park
Memorial Hall
300 E. Indian School Road

City of Phoenix
Budget and Research Department
200 W. Washington St., 14th floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-262-4800
budget.research@phoenix.gov


 

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