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  • Sales Tax Advisory Committee Information

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors created the Sales Tax Advisory Committee to review and consider a Countywide half-cent sales tax to fund road repairs throughout the County and/or offset Pima County primary property taxes. 

    The Committee held its last meeting on February 28, 2018 and approved the following: Final Report and Recommendation from the Sales Tax Advisory Committee

    Notice: Board of Supervisors to hold public hearing and vote on Sales Tax Implementation Plan Ordinance on May 15, 2018, and vote on a Resolution Levying a Sales Tax on June 19, 2018.  For more information visit www.pima.gov/roadrepairplan .

    Sales Tax Advisory Committee Members

    We want to hear from you. You can still let the Board of Supervisors know your thoughts about the proposed sales tax. Use this link to submit your feedback.
    The Board of Supervisors has required the Committee to hold a minimum of seven public meetings, including one in each Supervisory district. 

    Committee Meeting Schedule:

    March 13, 2018 Meeting - MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED
    Abrams Public Health Center
    3950 S. Country Club Road
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Agenda
    Minutes

    February 28, 2018 Meeting
    Abrams Public Health Center
    3950 S. Country Club Road
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Agenda
    Minutes

    February 12, 2018 Meeting
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Oro Valley Council Chambers
    11000 N. La Canada Drive
    Oro Valley, Arizona
    Agenda
    Minutes

    January 9, 2018 Meeting 
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (public hearing to begin at 6:00 p.m.)
    El Pueblo Center
    101 W. Irvington Road
    REVISED Agenda
    Minutes

    December 14, 2017 Meeting  - MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (public hearing to begin at 6:00 p.m.)
    Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
    8959 E. Tanque Verde Road
    Agenda Cancelation

    November 13, 2017 Meeting
    4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road
    REVISED Agenda
    Minutes

    October 27, 2017 Meeting
    9:30 a.m.
    Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road
    Agenda
    Minutes

    September 29, 2017 Meeting
    9:30 a.m.
    REVISED LOCATION: Casas Church, Palo Verde Room, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd.
    REVISED Agenda
    Minutes



    Sales Tax Advisory Committee Meeting Materials

     

    February 28, 2018 Meeting

     

    February 12, 2018 Meeting

     

    Draft Sales Tax Implementation Plan Ordinance and Road Repair Plan for Discussion at the Board of Supervisors February 6, 2018 Meeting

     

    January 9, 2018 Meeting


     

    December 14, 2017 Meeting - MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED



    November 13, 2017 Meeting

     

    October 27, 2017 Meeting


    September 29, 2017 Meeting


    Transportation Advisory Committee Resources

    The  Transportation Advisory Committee is reviewing the County's roadway repair needs and is compiling an enormous amount of information, data and reports. Use this link to go the Committee's webpage to review the material. 

    Public Hearing Schedule:

    Hearing Presentation



    December 7, 2017 
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
     Cienega High School - Student Union
    12775 East Mary Ann Cleveland Way
    Summary  

    December 14, 2017 
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
     Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
    8959 East Tanque Verde Road
    Summary

    January 9, 2018 
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Hearing follows the Sales Tax Advisory Committee meeting)
     El Pueblo Activity Center - Richard Ortiz Barker Regional Complex
     101 West Irvington Road
    Summary

    January 10, 2018 
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
     Quincie Douglas Center
     1575 East 36th Street
    Summary

    January 17, 2018 
    9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
     Las Campanas Social Center (Cottonwood Room)
     565 West Belltower Drive
    Green Valley, AZ
    Summary

    January 17, 2018 
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
     Picture Rocks Community Center
    5615 North Sanders Road
    Summary

    January 23, 2018 
    6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
     Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library
    7800 North Schisler Drive
    Summary

    Should Pima County approve a new County General Sales Tax?
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Why is Pima County considering a new County general sales tax?


    The Pima County Board of Supervisors recently approved a property tax dedicated to funding road repair. The Board requested input from the public and its new Sales Tax Advisory Committee, as to whether this road property tax should be replaced with a half-cent sales tax. A half-cent sales tax would generate significantly more revenue, which could be allocated entirely to road repair, or a portion of the revenues could also be allocated to reducing the County’s primary property tax.

    Do other Arizona counties collect sales taxes?


    Yes, all other Arizona counties levy some type of sales tax.

    Why are Pima County’s property taxes higher than other Arizona counties?


    Because Pima County is the only Arizona county that does not collect a sales tax and is therefore more reliant on property taxes to fund general services.

    Doesn’t Pima County already have a half-cent sales tax for transportation?


    No. The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) started collecting a half-cent sales tax in 2006 after voters approved a 20-year transportation plan and tax specifically for RTA projects. The RTA sales tax applies to transactions within the geographic area of Pima County, but the government of Pima County does not administer this tax. The RTA plan does not currently fund road repair.

    Why can’t the County just use existing funds for road repair


    Arizona’s Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF)  is the main source of revenue for cities, towns and counties transportation needs. HURF is funded by a variety of taxes and fees, the largest of which is the state gas tax. Arizona’s state gas tax is one of the lowest in the country and has not been increased in 27 years. The recession and more fuel efficient vehicles reduced gas purchases and gas tax revenues. Furthermore, for years the state has been balancing its budget by reducing HURF revenues to cities, towns and counties. The estimated cost today to repair roads across Pima County, including within its cities and towns, to at least a fair condition, is over $1 billion. This far exceeds the revenues available to the region for road repair. The problem is most acute in the City of Tucson and unincorporated Pima County, where the majority of roads are older and in poor or failing condition. It will take at least 35 years to fix Pima County’s roads with existing revenue sources. If most of the revenue from a half-cent sales tax was applied to road repair, the roads in unincorporated Pima County could all be fixed within 10 years.

    What is the process for the County to approve a new County general sales tax?


    Per state law, the only way that a new County general sales tax can be approved is by a unanimous vote of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. It cannot be approved by a public vote. The sales tax cannot be collected on unprepared food, prescription medicines, residential rentals longer than 30 days, and commercial leases.

    How much more would I have to pay in sales taxes if the County adopts a new County general sales tax?


    Unlike a property tax, it is estimated that up to 17 percent of the sales tax revenue will be paid by visitors to Pima County and businesses located outside of Pima County. The average household income in Pima County is $65,000. A new half-cent County general sales tax is estimated to cost the average income household $91 more per year in sales taxes. In comparison, it is estimated that poor pavement conditions are costing Tucson drivers $542 a year in increased maintenance costs, vehicle deterioration and fuel consumption (TRIPnet.org 2016).

    Would a new County general sales tax be collected within cities and towns?


    Yes. In Pima County, the following agencies levy sales taxes: State of Arizona, Regional Transportation Association, and cities and towns. Sales taxes on retail items in Pima County currently total 6.1% in areas outside of cities and towns; 8.1% in Sahuarita; 8.6% in Marana and Oro Valley; 8.7% in Tucson; and 10.6% in South Tucson. A new County general sales tax would add 0.5% to these amounts.

    Could the County wait to adopt a sales tax until the City of Tucson’s new half-cent sales tax ends in 2022, and/or the RTA’s half-cent transportation sales tax ends in 2026?


    Yes, the County could coordinate adoption of a new County general sales tax with the City of Tucson and RTA in order to reduce the burden on tax payers. However, the City of Tucson and RTA could also choose to seek voter approval to extend their sales taxes beyond these dates.

    How much revenue would a new County general sales tax generate and how does this compare to the revenue generated by the County’s existing road property tax?


    It is estimated that a half cent sales tax would generate approximately $80 million a year. The County’s existing road property tax is estimated to generate approximately $19 million a year.

    If the County adopted a new general sales tax, would it be permanent or temporary?


    The Sales Tax Advisory Committee can recommend to the Board of Supervisors whether the sales tax should be temporary or permanent.

    If the County adopted a new general sales tax, what would happen to the existing road property tax?


    The existing road property tax would no longer be collected.

    Who is on the Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee?


    The committee is made up of representatives from the business community, organizations supporting low income and elderly families, the County’s Transportation Advisory Committee, and appointments from each member of the Board of Supervisors. For the list of members go here.

    Who is on the Pima County Transportation Advisory Committee?


    The Committee is made up of representatives from the Pima County Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator. For a list of members, go here.

    If approved, how would the total retail sales tax in Tucson compare to others?


    At 9.2 percent, Tucson’s total sales tax rate would still be the same or lower than more than half of Arizona's cities and towns.
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