As penny tax drops tomorrow, watch your receipts

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Beginning Saturday, the public will be paying less in taxes in Arizona.

A few years ago, voters approved a temporary one-cent sales tax to help with education.

That expires starting tomorrow.

Some businesses on Fourth Avenue say one penny will make all the difference, while others say it won't even be noticible.

Most businesses say they'll be re-programming their registers tonight, but just in case, you may want to keep a closer eye on your receipts.

After midnight, the sales tax will drop to 8.1 percent.

The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association has been sending e-mail reminders to all of the businesses on Fourth.

While a penny may not seem like a lot, some restaurant owners say it will have an impact on their businesses while others say it's no big deal.

"When you're adding 9.1 percent to every dollar, it may bump you out of someone's budget. So it's a good thing it's going down."

"Nobody has ever said anything and I don't think anybody will say anything about it going down one percent tomorrow."

That extra penny you've been paying over the past three years has added up to more than $900 million per year and has helped public universities.

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