Phoenix City Council approves tentative 2011-12 budget

by Lynh Bui – Jun. 9, 2011 11:09 AM
The Arizona Republic

PHOENIX – The City Council on Wednesday approved a tentative budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year on a 6-2 vote.

Mayor Phil Gordon and council members Bryan Jeffries, Michael Johnson, Michael Nowakowski, Tom Simplot and Thelda Williams all voted in favor of the more than $3 billion spending plan, of which $1.06 billion is set aside for the general fund.

Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Bill Gates dissented. Councilman Claude Mattox was absent from the meeting.

Gates said he dissented because transparency in the city’s budgeting process needs to improve.

DiCiccio voted against the budget, saying he was opposed to nearly $30 million in merit pay raises and longevity bonuses built into the budget.

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