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5th May
2009
written by Sean Noble

We are in the midst of a recession, our state and city budgets are being squeezed like nothing we’ve seen in generations, and yet the City of Phoenix wants to spend more than nine million dollars to buy raw desert.  Does this sound like a priority when we are constantly hearing about city employee layoffs, fewer police officers and fewer fire fighters?

This is the kind of thing that makes taxpayers cringe.  In this economy, that land is not going anywhere – particularly because it’s already designated as open space under the state’s Growing Smarter initiative.

I think the City needs to rethink the timing of this expenditure – or they need to be more honest about the real needs the city faces. Either we don’t have enough funding for law enforcement, or we do.  Just tell us the truth.

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