I just returned from the city budget meeting at the Burton Barr Library. It looks to me as though people are generally unconcerned about the food tax, and instead focusing on the somewhat false dichotomy proposed by the city: either pay the food tax or see further reduction of emergency response services, which are already stressed to maintain adequate staffing levels.
I think there must be other alternatives. Please visit http://www.phoenix.gov/budget and see where the cuts are currently proposed. Also, please join my plea in asking for a more transparent system that allows residents to view the city manager's complete budget. If this is made possible, perhaps we can make more informed recommendations without needing to say yes or no to police officers, depending on whether or not we want a food tax.
There were a few great ideas presented tonight, including one person who suggested we could consider a targeted food tax on junk food items, and then some guy in a mask talking about the Federal Reserve (???). Please bring your thoughtful suggestions to the meeting next week at Cesar Chavez H.S.