DiCiccio Votes Against $137 Million in Pay Raises and Bonuses
May 21, 2013
DiCiccio for City Council
"Outrageous to Continue to Tax Food to Give Millions in Bonuses and Raises"
Phoenix, AZ – Today, Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio voted against the latest round of pay raises and bonuses brought on by the "food tax for pay raises scheme."
Councilman DiCiccio motioned for the elimination of half the food tax July 1, 2013 and use money from the pay raises and bonuses built into this budget to prevent cuts in services. If any additional monies are needed, staff is instructed to take money from the $2.9 million PR budget, $1.3 million lobbying budget, the approximately $1.8 million in membership dues Phoenix pays and by eliminating pension spiking.
The motion failed 6 to 2.
"Since the 'emergency food tax' was put into place, over $106 million has been given out in pay raises and bonuses. This new round of raises and bonuses will put this number at $137 million," said Councilman Sal DiCiccio. "It is outrageous to continue to tax food to give millions in bonuses and raises. That is why I voted no. That is why I will continue to fight to end the food tax."
City of Phoenix staff has stated that if it were not for these pay raises in the budget, the city could have hired over 350 new police officers, restored all after school programs, restored senior programs or reinstated library hours.
Since the food tax was enacted over $145 million has been collected by the City of Phoenix, almost the exact amount of raises and bonuses given out.
About Councilman Sal DiCiccio
Councilman Sal DiCiccio was appointed by the Mayor and Phoenix City Council to fill out the term of Councilman Greg Stanton on February 10, 2009. DiCiccio was elected to a full term of his own in November 2009. He was previously elected to the Phoenix City Council in 1994 and 1998.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio to Italian immigrants, DiCiccio is the oldest of three boys. DiCiccio's parents moved to the United States in the late '50s to join family and pursue the American Dream. Armed with a sixth grade education, DiCiccio's father worked as a laborer and his mother as a seamstress. In 1962, DiCiccio's family relocated to Phoenix.
Proud of both his country and his heritage, DiCiccio takes the lessons learned in a working class home and applies them to his work at the city every day. A businessman and fiscal conservative, DiCiccio looks for opportunities to stretch every dollar on behalf of the taxpayer.
DiCiccio is married to Debbie DiCiccio and has twin daughters, Anna and Emilia.