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Committee advances bill permitting county sales taxes for roads

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Coconino County is spending $1.45 million on a project to preserve the pavement, widen the shoulders and improve drainage on Koch Field Road. The project, which is made possible by a voter-approved county sales tax increase, is due to be finished by the end of the month. /Emery Cowan/ Arizona Daily Sun

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Sun

With gas tax revenues lagging, state lawmakers are moving to allowing all 15 counties to levy their own sales taxes to fund critical road and transit needs.

SB 1147, approved by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, would specifically allow those counties that already have such a tax to seek voter approval for an extension. That is designed to help not only build or repair existing roads but build out the mass transit system that didn’t get funded when the recession cut into existing tax revenues.

Potentially more significant, it would provide for the first time ever that same option to rural counties, which until now have been totally dependent on the money they get from the state to pave new roads, repair existing ones and, to the extent they want it, some form of mass transit.

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