Glendale warns eliminating sales tax will affect critical safety services

Retiring Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs poses in city fire truck.

By Mike Sunnucks

Phoenix Business Journal

The city of Glendale is telling voters that if they reverse a $125 million sales tax increase in November it could result in closed libraries, 250 city worker layoffs, cuts to police and fire and elimination of downtown festivals and the city’s television station.

The city put out a dire warning to voters Monday on the potential cuts if the sales levy goes down.

But that notice didn’t mention the $300 million Phoenix Coyotes arena deal or the long-term debt the city owes for building Camelback Ranch ballpark for the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The city took out $200 million in debt for the ballpark.

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