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  • 10-year Pima County Road Repair Plan

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    THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS HAVE CALLED FOR A $430 MILLION BOND ELECTION FOR ROAD REPAIR. THE BOND QUESTION WILL BE ON THE NOV. 6 BALLOT. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOND ELECTION, GO TO THE PROP. 463 - REGIONAL ROAD RECONSTRUCTION, PRESERVATION AND REPAIR BOND WEBPAGE.

    As recommended by the Sales Tax Advisory Committee and as directed by the Board of Supervisors, County staff has developed a road repair plan that will fix every paved road in unincorporated Pima County within 10 years, while also ensuring repaired roads continue to be maintained and don't fall into disrepair again.  

    pavementUnder this plan, the worst roads will be fixed first, while also preserving the good roads. The plan is estimated to cost $623 million, and is partially funded with $270 from state shared transportation funds (Highway User Revenue Fund, or HURF, and Transportation Vehicle License Tax, or VLT). An additional $353 million is needed to fully fund the plan and complete the repairs in 10 years. The County’s existing road repair property tax only generates about $9 million a year for unincorporated County roads.

    Half-cent Sales Tax for Road Repair

     
    On May 15, 2018, the Board approved a Sales Tax Implementation Plan Ordinance that details how a new half-cent sales tax collected County-wide would provide the additional funding necessary for the County’s 10 year road repair plan, and provide over $500 million to cities and towns for their road repair plans. However, the ordinance cannot become effective without the Board adopting a Resolution Levying a Sales Tax, which is scheduled for Board approval on June 19, 2018.
     
    If approved, the sales tax could only be spent on road repair and the County’s existing road repair property tax would be eliminated.  The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) would oversee the development of a regional road repair plan to include the County’s plan and plans for the cities and towns, and the RTA would annually audit the spending of the sales tax. The State Auditor General’s office would also audit spending of the sales tax. If either audit showed misspending and the misspending was not corrected, the sales tax would automatically be terminated.

    Key Dates

    May 15, 2018 - Board votes on Sales Tax Implementation Plan Ordinance

    June 19, 2018 - Board votes on Sales Tax Resolution 

    Jan. 1, 2019 - Sales Tax starts (if approved by the Board)

    What Happens to the 25-cent Property Tax Rate for Road Repair?

    If the sales tax ordinance and resolution are both approved by the board, the property tax will be repealed effective July 1, 2019.

    When Will Your Road Be Repaired?

    As part of the 10-year Road Repair Plan, the county has identified every road in the unincorporated county and its condition. The Road Repair Plan Interactive Map allows you to look up your road and see when it's tentatively scheduled for repair. Once the map loads, zoom into your neighborhood or business location and click on your street. A pop-up window will show the road's rating and repair schedule. If you have trouble opening the map, you can download this pdf of the road repair scheduled
    • Completing the plan in 10 years is contingent on the adoption of a half-cent sales to tax.   

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