Transportation tax may not get renewed in Arizona

| Monday, February 02, 2004

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 Jan. 28.

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.

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