New Mayor tells Coyotes: 'Glendale is not your cash register'

New Mayor tells Coyotes: 'Glendale is not your cash register'

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -

Glendale has a new mayor, and one of the first things he says after he's elected is not music to the ears of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Is this another shot at this franchise that just can't seem to get a break?

The Coyotes saga continues in Glendale, this time with some new faces and strong words for the franchise.

Glendale mayor-elect Jerry Weiers wasted no time framing his view of a more fiscally responsible city after his victory Tuesday night-- and he put the Coyotes on the spot right away.

"We all love the Coyotes and the Cactus League but we cannot sacrifice our way of life so they can maintain theirs," said Mayor-elect Jerry Weiers. "Glendale is not your cash register."

Despite the fact that Glendale voters decided not to repeal their recently approved sales tax hike, Weiers wants the public to understand that there are no sacred cows here. Nothing is untouchable in the budget.

"We have to reevaluate virtually everything that the city does, we need to not just take things at the status quo."

Marcellous Sanders says the money the city poured into Jobing.Com Arena and the Coyotes is an investment -- along with other community investments he sees as necessities.

"We're not the cash register but sometimes in business you've got to give a little to get a little," said Sanders. "I would much rather have the police on the streets and the fire department working and not have them close the library, especially in this neighborhood."

Still, it's hard for anyone to see a way out while getting hit hard in the wallet for years to come, whether you call it an investment or not.

"We know sports promote the city that they're in, that's kind of a no brainer, but I think it was heavy handed and the people of Glendale need to say, hey yeah I want to spend my tax dollars or I don't," says resident Chet Chetkauskas.

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