ELECTION 2018: Arizona locales to decide on raising revenue for road use

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 10/3/2018

The Nov. 6 ballot in multiple Arizona locales will include questions to benefit road work

Voters in Pima County will decide on a $430 million bond question for regional road repair. Bond money would be dispersed over the next decade.

Proposition 463 would authorize the issuance and selling of general obligation bonds for reconstruction, repair and preservation of existing public roads and highways in the county.

The bonds would be repaid with property taxes.

The money would be distributed based on a combination of total assessed value and population. Roadways in the poorest condition will receive priority treatment.

Municipalities that include Tucson will receive about 64 percent of the funding. The county would collect the rest.

In the city of Scottsdale, voters will decide whether to implement a transportation sales tax.

Passage of Question 1 would create a one-tenth percent sales tax. It is estimated the transportation project transaction privilege tax would raise $70 million over the next decade.

The tax would sunset once the $70 million amount is reached.

Advocates say the city’s transportation infrastructure badly needs an infusion of funds to help add, renew, and expand roads.

Opponents say the tax increase is the wrong approach for the city to take to resolve the funding shortfall. They point out that residents and tourists would foot the bill while giving businesses a “free ride.”

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