Phoenix City Council votes to reduce food tax

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- How much you pay at the grocery store might change a bit in the new year. That's because of a vote at Phoenix City Council to repeal the food tax.

Council members addressed the emergency food tax that was implemented in 2010 to get Phoenix out of a $277 million deficit.

The 2 percent tax on food did its job, council members say. Wednesday evening they voted to cut that tax to just 1 percent on Jan.1.

That 1 percent food tax will stay in place until the tax was set to expire in March 2015.

City Councilman Michael Johnson of District 8 was the only one to vote against the repeal.

Outgoing city manager David Cavasos says there will be no cut to police or fire.