Tucsonans to Be Surveyed About Potential Tax Hike Ballot Question

The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted yesterday to hire an outside pollster to survey Tucson residents about whether they would support a half-cent city sales tax increase. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said the poll would cost $10,000-$20,000, but he said outside groups may be willing to pay the costs.

A half-cent sales tax increase would bring in about $50 million a year, but it must be approved by voters. The tax hike would bring the city rate to 2.5 percent, matching Oro Valley and Marana.

Tucson faces a $40 million deficit during the next fiscal year, and City Manager Michael Ortega recently introduced several proposals to bring a structural balance to the City's operational spending plan over the next two fiscal years. In addition to spending cuts, a sales tax increase was among the items proposed.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and Mayor and Council agenda materials.