Tax breaks stir controversy among business owners

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Dennis Welch

The Phoenix City Council recently voted to raise property taxes for the first time in 21 years, in an effort to round out the budget.

But some saw the move as an example of balancing city's books on the backs of small businesses while handing out big breaks for larger companies.

"It's amazing that they can get away with that," said Micky Hermes, the manager of the Auto Shop near downtown Phoenix.

More than half the money his shop makes goes toward his property tax bill, which he says equals about $5,400 a month, or more than $60,000 a year.

"That's a whole lot of batteries a whole lot of oil changes," he said.

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