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Tucsonans: Would You Pay More Sales Tax?


 A higher sales tax rate could solve Tucson's fiscal woes.

The residents of Tucson, Arizona, will soon be asked to weigh in on a potential city sales tax increase. Tucson City Council and Mayor Jonathon Rothschild have decided to ask the people if they would support a half-cent city sales tax increase, which would bring the city rate to 2.5%.

Tax hikes are rarely popular. City officials are considering one now because of a looming $40 million deficit. Unless there is a change, the city will face a general fund deficit of $50 million by fiscal year 2018.

An extra half-cent in sales tax could generate an additional $50 million annually, allowing the city to replace aging fire trucks and maintain existing services such as public transit and parks and recreation.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.