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County considers increased tax for roads

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TUCSON – Pima County is considering raising property taxes to pay for neighborhood street repairs.

Deputy County Administrator Carmine DeBonis said it would cost the owner of the median-priced home about $18 per year.

“The local neighborhood and subdivision roadways have not received the maintenance that is needed,” he said, “and we have to take some action now. I think it would be preferable to have a statewide solution.”

County leaders have asked state lawmakers for an increased gas tax. They also want more state highway dollars returned to cities and towns. But they have not received much relief from Phoenix.

DeBonis said new construction and increased property values could replace the tax with more revenue, so it could only be a one-year solution.

“It's not aggressive,” he said. “I think it's fairly conservative and consistent with what we are currently seeing.”

Scott Gottilla lives on a crumbling street on the Northwest Side.

“At the end of the day 18 dollars isn't going to break me,” he said. “But there comes a point where I feel they should manage what they have efficiently.”

Arthur Disney has doubts about the county’s budget priorities, but he said he can tolerate the increased tax.

“Raise my property taxes and I will support it if it goes to road improvements,” he said.

The money would be divided proportionally across the county. The City of Tucson would receive about 41 percent, and unincorporated Pima County would receive about 42 percent. Oro Valley, Marana, Sahuarita and South Tucson would divide the rest.

The proposal would need to be approved by the Pima County Board of Supervisors.

It would raise an estimated $19.5 million.

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