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Tempe leads the East Valley in crime, taxes and city costs, except for Mesa’s water and solid waste disposal charges.  In those two cases Tempe places second in costs behind Mesa.  Tempe  has a serious crime rate that is considerably higher than the rest of the East Valley.

Tempe officials continually blame Arizona State University for city woes, but I find it hard to believe the 35,000 or so students that attend classes at the Tempe campus are the culprits for all of Tempe’s fiscal and crime problems.

In the May, 2011 East Valley Tribune column, Tempe should spend less, cut more before raising taxes, it said “If Tempe spent per resident what Mesa spends on policing, they’d save taxpayers over $14 million a year.”  Those savings would pay for the new dam in two and a half years.  Even with reduced spending, Mesa continues to have a significantly lower crime rate than Tempe.

Average Amount a Residential Household Pays in Sales Tax





Chandler
$481

Gilbert
$423

Mesa
$417

Tempe
$555






City Property Taxes






Chandler
$174

Gilbert
$165

Mesa
$51

Tempe
$267






Water and Wastewater






Chandler
$555

Gilbert
$574

Mesa
$820

Tempe
$622






2013 Annual Rate for Solid Waste Pick-up Costs





Chandler
$181

Gilbert
$208

Mesa
$287

Tempe
$240

Source: City ofTempe






 2011 FBI Crime Rate per 100,000 Residents







             Violent CrimeProperty Crime





Chandler
284.43,096.90
Gilbert
84.21,823
Mesa
412.83,395.10
Tempe
479.95,446.70
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports
http://www.bjs.gov/ucrdata/Search/Crime/Local/OneYearofData.cfm





Policing Costs per Resident






Chandler
$350

Gilbert
$176

Mesa
$321

Tempe
$410






City Employees per 1,000 Residents





Chandler
6.6

Gilbert
5.7

Mesa
8.2

Tempe
9.9

Source: East Valley Tribune, May 25, 2011
http://eastvalleytribune.com/opinion/columnists/article_

Until the residents step up and demand accountability and transparency the Tempe leadership will continue to act like it has money to burn, your money to burn that is.

 

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