Voters Approve Sales Tax for Public Safety and Roads

Voters in the City of Tucson yesterday overwhelmingly approved a new, five-year, half-cent sales tax to fund public safety capital needs and road repairs. Unofficial results show 41,260 voters approved the plan, while 25,413 did not. Participation in the mail-in election was about 26 percent.

Proposition 101 is predicted to raise $250 million over five years, with $150 million being used for public safety needs and the remaining $100 million used to fund road repairs. The average cost per Tucson resident is estimated to be approximately $3 per month.

The half-cent sales tax will go into effect July 1.

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