David Smith’s Real Tax Reform is No Substitute for Real Budget Discipline

David Smith’s Feb. 24 Scottsdale Independent column “Scottsdale City Council to debate real tax reform,” describes nothing more than a publicity stunt. First of all, eliminating the food tax wasn’t Smith’s idea. It was first proposed several years ago by the late, great city councilman Tony Nelssen. Smith can’t even be original, let alone intellectually […]

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Tax Scraps and Crumbs

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 […]

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Boom, Bust, and Bubbles: Apartments and Office Space

Mike Sunnucks posted up another nugget-filled Phoenix Business Journal column recently. Thanks to ScottsdaleTrails reader BL for bringing it to my attention. The first two of Sunnucks’ predictions for 2015 leap right off the page: 1. Tempe’s building boom: There’s no way all the planned developments and proposed hotels in Tempe are going to get built. The […]

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