After more than two hours of debate and testimony, Councilwoman Thelda Williams suggested Phoenix come up with a plan to repeal the city's food tax by July. Williams, however, didn't have the five out of nine votes needed to get rid of the tax before its scheduled 2015 sunset.
Council members Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Jim Waring voted with Williams.
Mayor Phil Gordon and Council members Michael Johnson, Claude Mattox, Michael Nowakowski and Tom Simplot all voted to keep the food tax, which brings in nearly $50 million annually.
THIS IS WHY WE NEED WES GULLETT AS OUR MAYOR! HE WILL REPEAL THE FOOD TAX IMMEDIATELY!
Wes Gullett has released the following statement in response:
"Phoenix taxpayers who are struggling in this economy continue to pay the price for taxpayer giveaways to the unions and a lack of leadership at City Hall. Once elected, I will be the fifth vote to repeal the food tax, and I've put forward a detailed plan to pay for it without impacting vital city services.