Tucson City Sales Tax Increase (November 2010)
This measure was defeated
- YES 51,117 (38.88%)
- NO 80,350 (61.12%)
This measure sought to increase the local sales tax by half a cent for a further five years, making the total sales tax 9.6 percent. The main use of the increased revenues would have been used to balance the city budget and help pay for funding of city programs. Since this measure was not approved, city officials expect around $11 million in deficit and will plan to cut around 15 percent of city funded programs. Proposed cuts and programs to be eliminated had been drafted in case this measure did not get approved. It is estimated that around $40 million a year would be generated in additional revenues if this had been approved.
The 'Yes' campaign had raised $1,666 in donations for their fight to get this measure passed. The 'No' campaign though had raised $11,114 for its campaign with the largest sum coming from the Jim Click car dealership family, $9,999. Those against this measure noted that even though it is written in the Charter that this additional revenue would go to core services, it would not stop the city council from taking money already going towards those services and using it for other purposes. Those in favor argued that because there will be quarterly reviews on spending, the council would not be able to siphon money and get away with it.
- Arizona Daily Star, "As AZ circles the drain, where's a plumber when you need one?," October 9, 2010
- Pima County Elections, November Election Results
- Tucson Sentinel, "Charter change, sales tax on November ballot," July 8, 2010
- KOLD News 13, "City Council approves major budget cuts and money saving measures," September 9, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Proposition 400: City's quest for 1/2 a cent," October 3, 2010
- Arizona Daily Star, "Pueblo Politics: All but one city ballot measures have little money," September 25, 2010