If you cannot budget the money, find another job

Dear Editor:

I have been reading about the problems with the city of Phoenix budget and what can be or will be done to correct the problems caused by poor city management. The answer is simple, raise or put taxes on something that is not taxed or has a low tax and the voters may not say too much and will most likely forget the increase when election time shows up. Most have a short memory due to trying to survive today.

Should I not have figured right and cannot pay my real estate taxes, I have to go to a bank and take out a loan for a short time. Or delay as long as I can to find the extra money. The politicians have an endless supply of money as it only takes a bill to be put on the governor’s/mayor’s desk, have it signed, and the problem is solved by a few strokes of a pen. We read about a tax only being applied for a period, then expires. If you believe that, what more can I say. Politicians will never let go of a tax that they can continue to spend year after year, and this is like money in the bank to them.

Why do the politicians have a car allowance from the city? If need be, ride the bus or take a cab like others do, then deduct it from your income tax. Phoenix builds a nice park on Pecos then wants to shut it down due to lack of money, but what happened to the money budgeted for the park? Yes, there has to be an operations budget. No one has said a word about that.

I can see the Indian casinos from where I live, and as I look at those money pits I wonder where the money has gone that the Indians pay in taxes to the state of Arizona and I hope Phoenix is in that pot. I have not heard a word about a raise in their taxes, not one word that I know of. That is free money for Arizona and can be raised to infinity, as the Indians will only cut down on the payouts to those hoping to hit it big.

All I read about is the city or the state will have to cut back on police or fire personnel, which is a scare tactic, as everyone knows with conditions in Phoenix, the city needs every officer/fireman that can be put on the street. Lack of manpower in the police department means only one thing, one-man cars, and this leaves the lone officer just about on his own on handling assignments and we all know the results of what can happen to a lone officer. It boils down that money is more important than a police officer’s life. It is like the military, the officer is expendable, as a replacement can always be hired and at less money since it takes time to go through the pay increases, if they are given. If you cannot budget the money, then find another job. Carwash is always looking for help.

I hope the politicians sleep good at night, if they can.

John W. Sonley


Excellent story on Loop 202

Dear Editor:

I just wanted to share my approval of Robert Oppermann’s article: “Air pollution a concern for critics of Loop 202” (AFN Feb. 17).

What specifically pleased me about his article were the details he included about the air pollution study. I was an indoor air quality consultant in the Valley for three years (ending last summer) and participated in almost every Arizona Air Quality Council meeting (quarterly, in the Chase tower) during that time. The details that Oppermann wrote about were common topics in presentations given at those meetings. It was great to see such important and well researched information appear in an AFN article.

Maricopa County has been under a lot of pressure due to Clean Air Act violations for the last several years, and there are strict restrictions on many controllable sources of pollution in place. But the big one is also the most difficult to mitigate: Vehicle pollutants. Although the study cited in Oppermann’s article mentioned that the worst particulate exposure is within 500m of major roadways, we all are familiar with the “brown cloud” and know that particulates can build up and travel much farther than that. And ozone is even worse; reaching peak levels in the Mesa area, far east of the emissions source. So far Ahwatukee has been mostly shielded by these particulates due to South Mountain. I wouldn’t blame anyone for being concerned over what a southern extension of the Loop 202 would do for Ahwatukee air quality, and it’s a reasonable argument against placing a freeway in our area.

Anyway, I’m glad that you have Robert Oppermann interning with the AFN, and look forward to his future coverage of interesting topics.

Erik Nelson

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