Print Page | Contact Us | Report Abuse | Sign In | Join
News & Information: Arizona Nonprofit News

Advocacy Opportunity Pima County Sales Tax sets public outreach schedule

Monday, December 4, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jennifer Blair
Share |

Over the next few months, Pima County is seeking community feedback about a possible county sales tax.  Sales taxes would add to the expense burden of our client households.  Even though food and medicine are exempt from County sales tax, there inevitably will be other economic tradeoffs made in low-income households—and they can address if the tradeoffs are worth it to their households.

We wanted to share this with you, for you to share with other organizations and your clients as you see fit.  This is an opportunity to have our voices and perspectives heard.

PIMA COUNTY – The Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee has scheduled seven public meetings around the county in December and January to the give the public a chance to provide feedback on whether the Board of Supervisors should adopt a countywide sales tax. State law allows county boards of supervisors to enact up to a half-cent-per-dollar sales tax via a unanimous board vote.

The Board of Supervisors created the committee to answer three 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

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Cienega High School (Student Union)

12775 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way

 

Dec. 14

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  (Hearing follows the Sales Tax Advisory Committee meeting)

Kirk-Bear Canyon Library

8959 E. Tanque Verde Road

 

Jan. 9

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Hearing follows the Sales Tax Advisory Committee meeting)

El Pueblo Activity Center (Multi-purpose Room)

Richard Ortiz Barker Regional Complex

101 W. Irvington Road

 

Jan. 10

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Quincie Douglas Center

1575 E. 36th St.

–MORE–

Jan. 17

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Las Campanas Social Center (Cottonwood Room)

565 W. Belltower Drive

Green Valley

 

Jan. 17

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Picture Rocks Community Center

5615 N. Sanders Road

 

Jan. 23

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library

7800 N. Schisler Drive

 

 

If members of the public are unable to attend any of the public meetings, they can still provide the committee feedback at www.pima.gov/salestax and clicking on the feedback link. The feedback link asks the same three questions the Sales Tax Committee has been charged with answering.

Pima County is the only county in Arizona without a sales tax, which is why the county’s primary property tax rate is the highest in the state. The sales tax could be used to replace property tax revenue, lowering property taxes throughout the county. However, the impetus for the Sales Tax Committee was to determine if it is a better source of revenue to pay for over $1 billion in road repairs regionwide. The county is currently using a new property tax to pay for local road repairs, but it only raises about $20 million a year. The full half-cent sales tax allowed by the state would raise about $80 million a year. 

CONTACT: Nicole Fyffe Assistant to the County Administrator 520.724.8149 Nicole.Fyffe@pima.gov


the following may contain paid advertisements

Click Here for paid advertising opportunities.Acceptance of paid advertisements does not constitute an endorsement of the individual, business or organization by the Alliance.

©2017 Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. All Rights Reserved.

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
360 E Coronado Road, Suite 120
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-279-2966