Jeremy Whittaker

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Federal COVID funds should be for those in need not to balance our budget

I’m extremely disappointed in what the Mesa City Council and management did today. We received $90 million from the federal government to support people in our community who have been impacted by COVID-19. Instead of putting this money to use in our community to support things like rent/mortgage, food, and utilities for our residents we’re …

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Mesa CARES Small Business Reemergence Program

The City of Mesa received $90 million in stimulus from the federal government. Of that money, roughly $20 million will be spent to help small businesses impacted by Covid-19. The money will need to be spent on rent, mortgage, or utilities. Applications will open on Monday, May 11th at 8AM. You can apply here – …

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How small businesses can apply for free money from CARES act.

How small businesses can apply for free money from CARES act. I’ve been studying the CARES act in the last week since it was signed into law. I wanted to link to a few resources for small businesses impacted by the Coronavirus. There are two separate loans available, the economic injury disaster loan and the …

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2020 Mesa Voter Demographics

Bankrupt Pensions & Unsustainable Pay Increases

Last month at a Council meeting I voted against pay increases for our top city officials. Below is a chart showing pay increases for their respective positions over the last 20 years. The red line is the average for the citizens of Mesa. This chart compares the citizens of Mesa salary increases per capita to …

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2019 Mesa Average Residential Household Cost Comparison

2019 Mesa Average Residential Household Cost Comparison The purpose of this report is to analyze the amount paid by the typical Mesa household for direct services provided by the City of Mesa. These amounts are then compared to seven other comparable cities in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  This report takes into account property tax, sales …

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VoteYesOnAffordableUtilities.com

Proud to announce our website is complete and we have started a new initiative to modify the City of Mesa charter. It’s called “Yes on Affordable Utilities”. This will push to preserve our utilities by making sure adequate investments are made into their financial sustainability. More details can be found on the website, https://voteyesonaffordableutilities.com “Yes …

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How Utility Money Flows in Mesa

I’ve created this flow chart to help people visualize how money travels throughout the City of Mesa. This is a living document and will be updated occasionally to add new items(click to enlarge).

Mesa’s 2019 Bond Rating Reports

This week Mesa’s bond rating agency reports were released by S&P and Moody’s, two of the three largest credit rating agencies. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on the financial health of Mesa and I feel like now would be an appropriate time. If you don’t follow finances or understand accounting, I would …

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Payroll Analysis

Coming soon…