Phoenix Council Approves Tax, Fee Hikes

(Phoenix, AZ) -- A new tax for Phoenix water customers and several fee increases are now official. City Council last night approved adding a monthly tax to utility bills amounting to a dollar-50 for the average homeowner. Several fees are also going up including those for passes to rec centers, using athletic fields, and an increase in parking meter rates. Officials say the measures are to close a budget deficit without making deep cuts to city services and popular programs.