CITY OF PHOENIX WATER RATE HIKES...................

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A phone call to Councilman Sal DiCiccio's office indicates he will be voting  NO on the water rate hike.

Call his office and thank him for his support of the citizens in Phoenix.

 

My comment on what will soon appear to be a never ending tax and fee increase burden placed on the shoulders of the people:

 

CUT GOVERNMENT COSTS . . . STOP THINKING THE CITIZENS WALLET IS A BOTTOMLESS MONEY PIT.

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Comment by JPD on January 21, 2011 at 1:10pm
Whalen: rest assured Thelda Williams is sure you will see what she sees.

So you are 1 of 3 conservatives out of a total of 30 on the Water Service Round Table. Who are the other “Round Table Members”.
Comment by JPD on January 8, 2011 at 8:48am
And DiCiccio doesn't doublespeek?
Comment by JPD on January 6, 2011 at 10:59pm
From DeCiccio



Water rates: Phoenix misleading you

Phoenix management and staff are misleading you about the true reason for the proposed 7 percent water rate hike. Here are the facts:

On Jan. 19, Water Department staff will be asking for a $22.9 million more from you in 2011. In the past year alone, staff transferred 165 new people into the Water Department. It plans to add another 98 this year, with 30-40 hires “in transition.”

The cost of all of these positions? A bit north of $19 million a year.

It sounds like a coincidence that the rate increase request is in the same ballpark as the cost of new employees, doesn’t it? It is not.

Phoenix managers have been telling you how dramatically they’ve shed employees, cut expenses, improved efficiencies and cut pay. Actually, they have borne little of the personal financial brunt of the recession. The city has shifted that pain to you.

Employee cuts were made to some departments only to be transferred to Water. Your rates are to be jacked up to pay for those transfers. Attached is a staff report showing all the job transfers to the Water Department for 2010 and 2011 plus a Republic article.

The Water Department declared victory by saying it could cut 3 percent of its budget this year. That’s 3 percent, one time, and on top of 40 percent hikes in the past five years and the same planned for the next five years. How much has your family budget been cut over the past five years? How about where you work? Do you think a 40 percent increase, a 3 percent cut and a 7 percent increase (with more planned) resembles anything close to “sacrifice?”

I believe Phoenix has to pay its contracted debt for projects. I support a department that delivers sufficient and safe water to Phoenix citizens. I do not believe city management or the Water Department has tried hard enough to do the same things you have had to do to make ends meet in these difficult times. It seems apparent that, instead of doing that, they have raised your taxes and fees and dropped your service so no one in city hall is even marginally hurt by the recession. Too bad for customers and taxpayers.

I have long advocated for more transparency in government and that these shenanigans must stop. Phoenix will stop when you, the boss, demand that it stops.

I need your help. Please forward this email to all who may be concerned; then call, write and attend meetings to let your elected representatives know your wishes. This is the only way we can stop this.

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio represents District 6, which includes Ahwatukee, Arcadia, Biltmore, East Camelback and North Central. He can be reached at council.district.6@phoenix.gov or 602-262-7491.

Phoenix officials propose another water-rate hike

A year after approving a controversial water-rate increase, Phoenix officials are proposing another rate hike, saying the money is needed to pay off debt and comply with federal clean-water rules.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2011/01/05/20110105phoenix-w...

Water department positions: http://phoenix.gov/webcms/groups/internet/@inter/@pcc/@dist6/docume...

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Sal DiCiccio, Leonard Gilroy, OUTSOURCING
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DiCiccio has been professing for some time now that the average wage of a City of Phoenix employee is $100,000. But in the link he provides in his last email titled “Water department positions” the wage including benefits are listed – doesn’t come close to $100k per.
Comment by Rodger Edgar on January 5, 2011 at 8:48pm

Check out the blog in the Deer Valley GPTPP web site for CITY OF PHOENIX WATCH.

It has all the contact info for an ACTION ALERT !!

Comment by David Underwood on January 5, 2011 at 11:20am
Why wouldn't they?, Last month our HOA's fees went up. Last week our doctor raised rates, I'm still waiting for a pay increase from work...I can only cut so much out and budget so much.

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