Phoenix food tax expired at midnight

Phoenix shoppers’ grocery bills got a bit lighter overnight.

Five years after its inception, the city’s emergency tax on food expired at midnight, meaning residents will spend about $1 less for every $100 of basic groceries. . .Councilman Bill Gates, who opposed the food tax from the outset, said he remembers being dumbfounded when it was placed on the council’s agenda with roughly a day’s notice. He said an uproar over the process has helped changed the culture at City Hall, putting a brighter spotlight on tax decisions.

“It was an illegitimate tax from the beginning,” Gates said. “I believe that tax increases in the future of that size would be referred to the voters.”

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