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Oct 15, 2013 8:49 AM by Associated Press

Phoenix City Council to discuss reducing food tax

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix City Council members are thinking about reducing a tax on food sales that is set to expire in 2015.

The council created a 2 percent tax in 2010 to help close a $277 million budget shortfall during the economic slump, protect police and fire jobs and preserve after-school programs. The tax is scheduled to sunset in March 2015.

KTAR (http://bit.ly/1gG7uAC) reports that council members are scheduled to vote Wednesday on dropping the tax to 1 percent starting Jan. 1.

City leaders say they need to make sure the reduction won't impact public safety, city services or the city's bond rating.

Councilman Sal DiCiccio is among the critics of the tax. He says the threat to public safety was overblown.

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