|Proposition 101 City-wide|
Tucson residents passed a half-cent sales tax increase on Tuesday when they voted overwhelmingly for Prop 101.
The residents of the fifth poorest metropolitan area in the country were told by City leaders that they had little choice but to approve the regressive tax if they wanted decent streets and well-equipped police and fire departments.
A majority of residents in every ward chose the tax increase. The increase will cost the average family approximately $3 a month.
The City chose to hold the election during the month of May when turnout would be low in order to improve odds of passage. Of the 254,532 registered voters only 66,709 ballots were cast.
This year, the Arizona Legislature passed a law that would prevent municipalities from holding elections on tax increase measures except in November during regular elections.
Right on! Tucson residents invest in their public safety and roads. Prop 101 passed. Thank you for this critically needed support. pic.twitter.com/DweuEnoAnm
— Chris Magnus (@ChiefCMagnus) May 17, 2017