A transportation sales tax in Arizona, which was scheduled
to expire next year, may not get on the ballot for renewal because it failed to
include light rail, The Arizona Republic reported
To get on the May ballot, the tax must pass the state
Legislature by Tuesday, the newspaper said. It pays for freeways, road improvements and new buses in
Maricopa County, which includes the cities of Phoenix and Tempe. The rejected
language replaced the words “light rail” with “transit,” spurring opposition
from light rail supporters.
The Arizona Senate Finance Committee was
scheduled to meet Jan. 29 to discuss possible compromises.