Phoenix faces more financial woes as tax collections were lower than projected

Sep 22, 2014, 6:00 AM | Updated: 6:00 am

PHOENIX — A few months after creating a new monthly tax on city services and raising rates and increasing hours for downtown parking meters, Phoenix city leaders are looking for more financial solutions.

According to the 2014-15 early budget review from Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher, city and state sales tax collections were lower than projected for 2013-14.

During Tuesday’s city council policy session, Zuercher plans to tell council members that the growth rate for 2014-15 should be lowered. According to a city report, Zuercher will cite recent tax collections and current forecasts in calling for revenue expectations to be reduced to $15.5 million for the current budget year.

The city recently dropped a proposal to install parking meters at popular hiking trailheads, which would have been a source of revenue for Phoenix, going into the city’s general fund. The city held an open house for public comment and took input from residents before ultimately deciding not to pursue the initiative.

Councilman Sal DiCiccio said he opposed to the parking meter proposal because he saw it as an extra tax on residents.

The councilman said that even though the dropped proposal was a victory for taxpayers, residents still have to worry about city staff looking at other ways to tax them.

“Staff has a mandate that they’re going to go out there and raise taxes and fees on the public — even though the city of Phoenix is going to realize more revenue this year than it ever has in the history of its existence,” DiCiccio said last month.

The KTAR Newsroom contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pixabay Photo)...
KTAR.com

Authorities investigate fatal boating accident on Colorado River in Arizona

Authorities are investigating the death of a California man in an apparent boating accident on the Colorado River in northwestern Arizona.
10 hours ago
FILE - Arizona Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Burns smiles during a meeting, Thursday, June 20...
Associated Press

High court says lone Arizona regulator can seek utility records

The Arizona commission that regulates utilities cannot prevent a single member from issuing subpoenas to investigate companies that the panel oversees, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.
10 hours ago
(Apache Junction Police Department photo)...
KTAR.com

Suspect in fatal shooting in Apache Junction turns himself over to police

A young man suspected of fatally shooting his brother in Apache Junction has turned himself over to authorities.
10 hours ago
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)...
Luke Forstner

Sheriffs suggest ways to tackle drugs and addiction in Arizona

With big fentanyl busts in the news and numbers up in Arizona, experts are talking about the best ways to address addiction.
10 hours ago
(AP Photo/John Locher, File)...
Wills Rice

Grand Canyon lifts parkwide water restrictions after weeks of shortages

The Grand Canyon National Park announced Tuesday that all water restrictions have been lifted.
10 hours ago
Abrazo Health released a rendering of its first phase of development set to begin in the coming mon...
KTAR.com

Abrazo Health to begin first phase of Buckeye medical building

Abrazo Health released a rendering of its first phase of development that'll bring its sixth major medical campus to the Valley.
10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Phoenix faces more financial woes as tax collections were lower than projected