Food for thought: Scottsdale tax on grub

Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 11.08.19 AMBy Beth Duckett | The Republic |

Should Scottsdale shoppers pay a sales taxes on food at the grocery store?

A newly elected councilman says the city should consider doing away with its food tax, along with other taxes he says place an unfair burden on fixed-income and poor residents.

The food tax “is hitting hardest the people least able to pay,” said Councilman David Smith, who took office Jan. 6.

Scottsdale taxes all food sold in the city, at a rate of 1.65 percent.

By contrast, Arizona and Maricopa County do not tax food.


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