County seeks input about a sales tax that could help fix roads

County seeks input about a sales tax that could help fix roads

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee is seeking input about enacting an half-cent sales tax to help with road repairs.

Pima County is the only county in the state without a sales tax yet has the highest primary property tax rate.

Enacting a sales tax could lower property taxes throughout the county.

County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry said it would cost about $1 billion to fix the roads and would take nearly 50 years. However, a full half-cent sales tax allowed by the state would raise about $80 million a year and complete the road projects in 10 years.

Huckleberry said the sales tax would cost an average person about $90 a year, while homeowners could save $2,500 over 10 years if property taxes are lowered.

The county wants to know whether the Board of Supervisors should adopt a countywide sales tax. So, they are hoping the public can help answer the following questions:

  • Should the Board adopt a half-cent sales tax for the purposes of accelerating road repair throughout the County, including within cities and towns?
  • Should the Board use any portion of the revenues from a sales tax to reduce County primary property taxes?
  • Should the sales tax be permanent or temporary?

The public meeting schedule is:

  • Dec. 7 from 6  to 7 p.m. at Cienega High School (Student Union) 12775 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way
  • Dec. 14 from 6 to 7 p.m.  (Hearing follows the Sales Tax Advisory Committee meeting) at Kirk-Bear Canyon Library 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road
  • Jan. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. (Hearing follows the Sales Tax Advisory Committee meeting) at El Pueblo Activity Center (Multi-purpose Room) in the Richard Ortiz Barker Regional Complex 101 W. Irvington Road
  • Jan. 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Quincie Douglas Center 1575 E. 36th St.
  • Jan. 17 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Las Campanas Social Center (Cottonwood Room) 565 W. Belltower Drive, Green Valley
  • Jan. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Picture Rocks Community Center 5615 N. Sanders Road
  • Jan. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library 7800 N. Schisler Drive

People unable to attend any of the public meetings can share their feedback with Pima County by clicking here.

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