Sales Tax Passes for Zoo Improvements

The vote was close and took a couple of days to fully tabulate, but Tucson voters last week approved a pair of propositions that will help fund Reid Park Zoo over the next 10 years.

The one-tenth percent hike in the city sales tax is expected to generate about $10 million a year in new revenue for the Zoo. Construction on improvement projects will begin as early as next year, which will include the replacement of 75-year-old water and sewer infrastructure and upgrades to existing animal habitats.

The successful initiatives also will allow the Zoo to complete its 10-year master plan, which includes a larger tiger habitat and breeding facility for these critically endangered animals.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.