May 7, 2013
Caption: Councilman Sal DiCiccio
DiCiccio asks how much in pay raises and bonuses in the current budget. DiCiccio calls this the elephant in the room everybody refuses to discuss.
According to City staff approximately $52 million - $29.9 built into current budget for merit and longevity (pay raises and bonuses) and approximately an additional $23 million from last year’s restorations.
DiCiccio: “What a person says and what they do is important”. He asked specifically, “How many police officers could $52 million hire? How many fire fighters could $52 million hire? How many after school programs could be restored? Libraries could be back to normal with increased service with $52 million. Senior programs could be restored with $52 million? Finally, how much does the food tax represent in this budget?”
Answer: $54 million. Interesting that it equals the food tax Phoenix is taking from the public.