OUR VIEWPOINT EDITORIAL
Goodyear should put residents 1st
We keep hearing the economy is getting better. And if Goodyear is any indicator, it’s booming. Or maybe not. Avondale is already looking at a budget of about $4 million less than last year’s. But Goodyear has found a windfall. The All American
City’s operational budget is expected to be $3 million more this year than it was last year.
The city is doing so well that talks of raises and tuition
reimbursement for city employees have taken place. But not well enough to do away with the transaction
privilege (food) tax it’s been levying on its residents since 1987.
That’s not to say residents aren’t sharing in some of the spoils of a rebounding economy. The food tax was lowered from 2.5 percent to 2.25 percent in May of 2011. But why not completely do away with? Or at the very least, lower it by a whole half a percent? Goodyear isn’t the only city to tax food, but considering the City Council was pretty much horrifi ed by the idea of taxing food, we’re surprised it didn’t toss the whole tax out.
There’s a reason why food shouldn’t be taxed — it’s not a luxury. Restaurant tax? OK. Eating out is a luxury. But taxing milk and bread? None of us can say we won’t eat this week. We can say we won’t eat out this week, but we can’t not eat.
Besides, the council raised the sales tax from 2 percent to 2.5 percent in 2009, two years before the food tax was lowered by a whole quarter of a percent. The sales tax is up for a vote this year, and we’re hoping the council will drop it back down to 2 percent and give the residents a fi ghting chance. Bill Antonucci said it best during last year’s council election: “The entire country has experienced a downturn in their income. Everybody is losing money; people are losing their jobs and losing their homes. So what did we do? We made it more expensive for them to live by raising their sales tax …” If the city can afford to hand out raises and tuition
reimbursements, it should ask less of its residents. The city works for its residents, not the other way around.
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L It’s deja vu
all over again Editor:
I read with a great deal of interest Reporter Rich Ott’s account of the City Council’s meeting held on April 18th. In this meeting the subject of land purchases including Scout Park came up. I would like to refer your readers and your report- ers to the April 7, 1999 edition of the West Valley View and the headline article. In that thirteen year old article is an insight to Litchfi eld Park’s past history that might help city offi cials with the present situation. In the words of Yogi Berra, “This is like deja vu all over again”. There is also some advice I would give the Mayor and City Council. Be courteous to the citi- zens and sincere small property owners of the town. Let them speak and then listen until they have had their say, even if you do have power to cut them off. You have certainly listened to the promises and hollow words of the big property owners. Twenty fi ve meetings is proof of that.
Bob Musselwhite Litchfi eld Park
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Residents should
support council Editor:
The last Litchfi eld Park city council meeting ( April 18 ) was well attended by local citizens and in my opinion was fairly reported by the local press. Many of the citizens were from the old Allegre Homeowners Association and were at council to support the three pending resolutions vis-à-vis Scout Park and the land parcel directly to the south; other concerned civic minded citizens, who I like to refer to as “the usual suspects”, were also in attendance. When given ample opportunity to speak in opposition to the resolu- tions, not one citizen spoke up. Unfortunately there are some who are now offering criticism of the resolutions that were passed unanimously by a council that is as representative of the population of our town as any I have ever observed. (since 1995) Kindly indulge me the space to emphasize some facts that were a part of Mayor Schoaf’s excellent presentation: 1.) in recent years council has met with staff twenty nine times in executive session to cuss and discuss the Scout Park situation. 2.) At the January town hall meeting Mayor Schoaf gave as complete a factual report to the citizenry as the Arizona open meeting laws would permit. It is now time for all of the home- owners in the City of Litchfi eld Park to support our government of volunteer mayor and council
and our dedicated city manager and staff.
Litchfi eld Park Obama needs
to be voted out Editor:
More empty rhetoric from the President of the United States. More nonsense, more subterfuge to cover his failed record as President, as he tries anything to get reelected. A few weeks ago the President
was talking about a phony issue of the so called Republican’s “war on women”. again in his attempt to divide and conquer. He knows the only hope he has of winning reelection is to divide the country by gender, race, and economic stature in an attempt to cause dissatisfaction. Never in our history have we had a President who has so denigrated the country as has Obama. Now he is accusing Mitt
Romney of being born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Here again he is trying to forge a wedge between the rich and the poor. Romney’s father made a fortune through hard work, which is the American way. Obama wants to redistribute the wealth which to me sounds like Socialism or Communism. You choose. It’s just a matter of degree. Neither one is any good.
(See Letters on Page 7) Ruth B. Cox
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