Question: How should the city balance its budget long term?
I remain focused on core services of keeping communities safe by supporting police and fire, allowing for an environment that encourages job creation, and supporting infrastructure needs such as transit and water. We must weigh each expense based on these priorities and consider elimination or delay of others to achieve a balanced budget.
Now, Phoenix has opportunities to reduce pension costs through a collaborative legislative measure drafted by Fire Fighters. I support this measure as it will save Phoenix 20 percent in contributions and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. I’m confident the legislature will pass a bill and refer a measure to voters in 2016.