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Tempe Safety or Plastic Bags

There are dozens of issues citizens hold their government officials accountable for.  On the local level we expect safe neighborhoods, a quick response from first responders, successful schools, properly maintained streets, clean water, and regular garbage pickup.  These are tall tasks, but they are what is expected when electing city council members. In Tempe, we […]

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Is Tempe Playing with Our Tax Revenue at the Expense of Schools?

Thanks to the Arizona Daily Independent for its research into some possible improprieties with Tempe’s tax revenue.  Ironically, the Tempe City Council and Mayor Mark Mitchell, the same Council that says it promotes education by cramming “free” preschool down our throats, may be depriving schools of some of its income via taxes.  No problem, state taxpayers […]

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Quiet Country Club Way May Be Disrupted by Bike Lanes

Current and past Tempe City Councils think they should turn Tempe into Copenhagen.  It is too late.  But that doesn’t matter, there is federal money dangling like a carrot and Tempe is bound to get its hands on it and make fundamental changes to our comfortable, established neighborhoods. Country Club Way is a quiet street […]

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Tempe Leaders Avoid Term Limits, Just Like Congress

As usual, Tempe Council knows best.  And as usual, the beat down of fellow Councilman Kolby Granville goes on. We aren’t particularly fond of Councilman Granville’s overpriced and underused bike lanes, but he often is the only current Tempe councilman to question the status quo in Tempe. In a quest to recognize the undercurrent in […]

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When Opportunity Knocks

Our goal at Taxed in Tempe is to alert readers about the government overreach and irresponsible spending by the Tempe City Council.  However, because of events in recent weeks we feel it is also necessary to inform voters all over Arizona about the real agendas behind certain current Council Members. It is not news to […]

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Tempe Council Candidate Reveals Decisions are Made Before Public Comment/Vote

It has been long suspected that many very important Tempe City Council decisions are made behind the scenes without public input.  Of course, Council members disagree in public with this accusation.  But the way informational meetings are run and the limited question/answer sessions allowed force many to come to the conclusion the public truly isn’t […]

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Tempe Water Rate Increases Puzzle Residents

Several decades ago, Tempe water rates were reasonable.  Not anymore.  There is a mystery as to why they have gotten so high, even at homes with desert landscaping.  City Council members blame federal regulations.  Of course that is some of the reason.  Others have cited some accounting issues within the water department and its personnel.  […]

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Tempe–For the Young but Paid for by the Old

A reader sent us this email with some observations about a recent phone call to the City of Tempe. Obviously the young average age in Tempe is due to Arizona State University.  Many residents in south Tempe complain because they work hard and pay taxes yet feel under-represented at the City.  There may be something to […]

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