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Letter: City Council is not making Tempe sustainable

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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 5:00 am

Mayor Mitchell’s and the Tempe City Council’s definition of a “sustainable” city is, according to an interview with Gabrielle Olson in ASU LightWorks, “… creating the smallest ecological footprint possible — producing the lowest quantity of pollution possible, efficiently using land; composting used materials, recycling, or converting waste-to-energy — thus minimizing the city’s overall contribution to climate change.”

Many of us believe that this Tempe City Council and previous councils are “hypocrites” when it comes to sustainability.

This council and prior councils have had and continue to have goals that are contrary to sustainability. Most, if not all, of the goals have “negative externalities.” For example: The Twin Palms on Apache in Tempe and many other giveaways. Negative externalities are air, noise and traffic pollution, water shortage, increased crime, and higher property tax rates approaching $2.50 instead of $1.15!

Bigger and more is not better! Besides, a tax incentive for one party places competitors at a disadvantage.

Taxpayers will not like the idea that the Tempe City Council are planning to hire a lobbyist in order to obtain more matching fund projects. This will mean another round of property tax rate hikes.

Arthur Jacobs


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