Citizens attend Phoenix City Council public hearing on proposed pay cuts for city employees

PHOENIX - Emotions ran high at a Phoenix City Council meeting Wednesday night during a heated debate about cutting pay for the first people to help us when we're in trouble.

The City of Phoenix is proposing a 1.6% pay cut, not just for our public servants. but for all city employees.

Dozens of people spoke out at the meeting against the proposed cuts.

"Please look around the room, you'll see people with their children, their wives, the families. You're not just asking the officers and union members to do this on their backs, you're asking it on the little four-year-old girl over here, you're asking of the first speaker's six-year-old son," said Monica Pimentel.

Some people are questioning why the city decided to cut the food tax in half last year, saying that money could have helped fix the budget crisis.

An independent review team determined the city should not cut pay to public safety employees, but the city does not agree with its recommendations.

No decision was made Wednesday, council members will vote on the possible cuts next week.

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