TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Are you willing to pay more to have smoother streets, nicer parks and better equipment for police and firefighters?
That's a question Tucson city leaders plan to ask Tucson residents soon. They are proposing a jump in sales tax and property tax to help pay for city services but they need voter approval to do it.
Rough roads are a constant complaint from Tucson drivers.
Four years ago Tucson voters approved 100 million dollars in road bond but just barely. The plan passed by just 953 votes, less than a full percent.
Now the city is planning to ask voters to approve another 100 million dollar bond issue for better sidewalks, street lights, pedestrian crossings and parks.
The city says if your house is worth $150,000 your tax bill would go up nine dollars a year.
To help equip police and firefighters, and repair more roads, the city wants voters to add a half cent to the sales tax. That would raise it from 8.1 percent to 8.6 percent--the same rate as Marana and Oro Valley.
The city estimates that would cost an average shopper an extra $2.98 a month or not quite 36 dollars a year
Councilmember Steve Kozachik says it's a sensible way to take care of the city's needs.
"Roads, that the number one priority. That's what we hear all the time from people; so I'm absolutely with finding a funding source for roads. Sales tax makes sense. People come in from all parts of the region, drive on our roads, shop in our stores so a sales tax is a logical possibility."
We asked KGUN Facebook users if they'd agree to pay more for better services.
Many believe the city misuses the money it has.
Shawn said in part: "...And I'm tired of hearing about cutbacks and driving in pot holes while the city discusses the urgency for new bicycle lanes and a skate park downtown."
Carlo says: "No!!!! If you raise property taxes, then the landlords will be forced to raise the rent.
But Manny says, "Yes!!! For the love of God repave Broadway East of Camino Seco."
The city says it did a good job of accounting for money from the previous road bonds.
There's no time to get the new items on this November's ballot. The sales tax would probably be in a special election in May, while the 100 million dollar bond would be up for a vote in November of next year.
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