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N4T Investigators: Where is Prop 101 money going?

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City of Tucson officials say a new sales tax has generated more than $24 million in the last seven months.

However, none of that money has so far been spent on road repair.

"We are still very much in the planning phase," said Amber Kerwin with the City of Tucson.

Kerwin says the new 1/2 cent sales was put in place after voters passed Proposition 101.

Of the $24 million raised under Prop 101 so far,  $14.7 million has been allocated for public safety improvements, $9.7 million is in the road repair budget.

City officials say the road repair money hasn't been spent because more money is needed for major road projects and a committee charged with overseeing local road repairs has not yet developed criteria for prioritizing them.

The committee has met once already and is scheduled to meet again on February 12th.

"Roadway repair packages are pretty sizable in terms of cost so we need to accumulate those dollars and then also do our due diligence with respect to planning," said Kerwin.

Much of the $14.7 million allocated to public safety has been spent.

Kerwin says that by the end of fiscal year Tucson will have ordered 98 ballistic vests, 1,500 pieces of electronics, 98 sets of new firefighter gear, and more than 120 new fire and police vehicles.

"The public safety side of the program is progressing a little bit more quickly just because the acquisition of the equipment is a little bit faster in that regard," said Kerwin.

The 1/2 cent sales tax is scheduled to last into 2022. In that time officials expect to raise $150 million for public safety and $100 million for road repair.

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