Voice of Scottsdale (aka Virginia Korte) posted a commentary today on new Scottsdale city council member David Smith and his grand plan to save our city from the food tax that threatens to put us all in the poor house and leave a deserted…er…desert, where Scottsdale used to be.
The question posed: Is Smith sincere or showboating? Like a lot of these questions I’ve seen lately, it’s the wrong question.
A better one would be: Why all this talk about cutting taxes (of any kind) and not cutting expenses? Starting with, of course, Scottsdale subsidies to private businesses? Like the NFL (over a million dollars). Like the Professional Golfers Association and Phil Mickelson’s “White Buffalo, LLC” that leases the city’s McDowell Mountain Golf facility (over $20 million). Like the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
Oops, I guess that last one is off the table, since Smith’s wife is on the board of trustees. The $4 million in taxpayer-funded cash subsidy they receive every year might otherwise have made up for almost half the shortfall that would be generated by Smith’s tax cut proposal.
No word on why Smith didn’t actively oppose the others. It’s for certain, though, that Smith supports raising your property taxes, via a huge bond issue we are sure to see proposed later this year. Korte, too.