Councilmember Jenn Daniels, who was elected in May and opposed an increase during her campaign, was the lone councilmember to speak out against tax hikes.
According to the US Census Bureau, Gilbert is growing. Of course, if you live in Gilbert, you know this to be true, just by the number of cars on the streets. According to the Census, Gilbert experienced a 5% gain(or about 10,283 people) from 2007-2008.
And of course, with growth comes growing pains. In this case, the pains come in the form of increased taxes. The Gilbert town Council approved on Tuesday a $734.3 million budget that cuts library and special event funding, while increasing recreation fees. Gilbert sales tax will also see an increase from 1.5% to 1.75, a rental tax fee as well as an additional developmental impact fee.
According to Astrid Galvan’s article this morning,
“We have a revenue problem that’s exacerbated by a spending problem,” she said. Daniels argued that there have not been enough cuts in other areas to merit a tax increase.”
Senior Councilman Steve Urie said the town has not overspent taxpayer money”