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Court upholds Pinal County sales tax for transportation

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Posted at 11:49 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 13:49:04-05

PHOENIX (AP) - A new Arizona court ruling upholds a half-cent sales tax for Pinal County transportation projects, a levy that county voters approved in 2017 but that was later overturned by a trial judge.

An Arizona Court of Appeals panel's decision Thursday says the scope of the measure complied with state law.

State Tax Court Judge Christopher Whitten had ruled against the county and in favor of taxpayer plaintiffs represented by the Goldwater Institute, a Phoenix-based advocacy group.

County officials envisioned money from the tax being used for projects such as a new freeway to connect Apache Junction with Interstate 10 and widening of State Route 347.