A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother. ~Proverbs 10:1

Why does Tempe have such high water bills, property taxes, sales taxes? And, let's not forget those pesky fees

Posted: 2017-02-20

AJ LaFaro 2-19-17

I don't know about you, but I've always thought it costs a lot of money to live in Tempe.

The main reasons are the outrageous salaries, benefits and unsustainable pensions the

Tempe property owners and taxpayers are forced to pay the City of Tempe employees.


I periodically request fiscal year salary, benefit and pension reports by employee from the

City.  I already had FY12-13 so I decided to request FY14-15 and FY15-16.  I made my PIR

in November 2016 and finally received the information this past Friday, February 18, 2017.


Attached is a summary I created showing the average annual comp per City employee.

The average comp for FY15-16 was $117,310 per City employee.  Now keep in mind this is

just the average.  A majority of the firefighters and police officers make close to $150,000

and some undercover officers make well over $200,000.


This is outrageous if you consider the average household income in Tempe is $51,688.


So next time you open your water bill, pay your property taxes or look at how much you pay

in sales taxes - just remember you are helping make every Tempe city employee a millionaire.


http://www.city-data.com/income/income-Tempe-Arizona.html


<http://www.city-data.com/income/income-Tempe-Arizona.html>

Tempe, Arizona (AZ) income map, earnings map, and wages data<http://www.city-data.com/income/income-Tempe-Arizona.html>
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Tempe, AZ Arizona income map, earnings map, and wages data

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