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Phoenix City Council votes to keep food tax

The 2 percent Phoenix food tax is staying after the City Council voted to keep the tax in place.

Hundreds of Phoenix firefighters and residents packed council chambers Tuesday urging elected officials to keep the food tax to prevent cuts to public safety and other city services and programs.

The Arizona Republic reports Councilwoman Thelda Williams suggested Phoenix come up with a plan to repeal the tax by July. Williams didn’t have votes needed to get rid of the tax before its scheduled 2015 sunset.

Council members Sal DiCiccio, Bill Gates and Jim Waring voted with Williams.

Mayor Phil Gordon and Council members Michael Johnson, Claude Mattox, Michael Nowakowski and Tom Simplot all voted to keep the food tax, which brings in nearly $50 million annually.

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