November 27, 2017

Sales Tax for Roads? You Can Weigh In

Pima County committee holds hearings on sales-tax proposal for fixing bad roads.

Road Construction, Road Work - Stock Spotlight (PHOTO: AZPM Staff)

The Pima County Board of Supervisors wants to find out whether you think it should add a sales tax to pay for road work.

There is already a county-wide sales tax to pay for new road work or adding more lanes to existing roads, and the supervisors are weighing a proposal to add another half-cent sales tax to pay to fix roads that are in bad shape.

Supervisor Steve Christy proposed the idea, and state law allows the board to add a half-cent sales tax, if the board unanimously supports the proposal. That's why the county is seeking feedback now on the idea.

A series of meetings are scheduled to gather comments, including the answers to these questions:

  • Should the supervisors add a half-cent sales tax for road repair throughout the county, including in cities and towns?

  • Should the supervisors consider using sales tax revenue to reduce property taxes?

  • Should the supervisors consider a temporary or permanent sales tax?

Meetings are from 6 to 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted:

  • Dec. 7, Cienega High School student union, 12775 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way

  • Dec. 14, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road

  • Jan. 9, El Pueblo Activity Center, multi-purpose room, Richard Ortiz Barker Regional Complex, 101 W. Irvington Road

  • Jan. 10, Quincie Douglas Center, 1575 E. 36th St.

  • Jan. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Green Valley Las Campanas Social Center, cottonwood room, 565 W. Belltower Drive

  • Jan. 17, Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road

  • Jan. 23, Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive

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