TUCSON, AZ (AP) - A half-cent per dollar city sales tax increase has gone down to defeat in Tucson.
The measure was downed by a 3-2 margin during Tuesday voting.
Voters also said the city can forget about city charter changes that included hefty pay raises for council members.
The sales-tax boost was offered by city leaders as a way to protect police, fire, roads, transit, and parks and recreation.
Proposition 400 would have increased the city's sales tax from 2percent to 2.5 percent.
The combined city, county and state tax of 9.6 percent would have given Tucson the eighth-highest sales tax in the nation for cities with more than 200,000 people.
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