By Tom Scanlon | Glendale Star
While many are excited about the new things in Glendale over the past few years, from expansions at Westgate Entertainment District to Desert Diamond Casino West Valley to major production facilities, others are not so much.
Some feel all the growth is just causing more traffic and crowding.
To them, Kevin Phelps has a simple message: Look at your tax bill.
“Over the last four years, on the city portion of property taxes, we have decreased the levy rate each of the last four years,” said Phelps, Glendale’s city manager.
“A big part of the reason we can do this is economic development. Retail sales tax at places like Arrowhead Mall and Westgate allow us to provide services to citizens to have a good quality of life.”
Phelps said city property tax on a $200,000 home in Glendale is less than $15 month.
And, he noted, outsiders are helping fund Glendale’s police, fire and other services.