$9.4 million city surplus last year --- could have purchased 15 brand new pumper trucks for the fire dept and had $$$ for overhaul of bulletproof vests --- instead all city employees got a bonus --- now they try to raise our taxes.
I am thrilled to see all of these comments for a vote NO. Only a total group of incompetents can write a $1.4 billion budget & turn to our policemen & paramedics and say "no money for your overheating ambulances, no money for your bulletproof vests". n7iqv is SPOT ON about the tree planters - utterly careless use of taxpayer money & now drivers can't see oncoming traffic when moving in to the center turn lane. I'm hoping to soon get commentary in the Daily Star about how inept our current sales tax system is. NO TO PROP 101!
Not on the backs of working people. If you can't pass a property tax, we don't need a sales tax.
Our property taxes are near the lowest, our sales taxes are near the highest. Much as I hate to say it, the teabaggers are right on this one...
Temporary tax? Come on people how do you think they got us to a combined rate of 8.1%.
Absolutely NO on 101.
Charles Smith is correct in stating that this issue should have been decided with a bond to ensure that money raised stayed in Tucson.
How many times has the Tucson Weekly stood on its soap box and warned us of the elected thieves in Phoenix who have no conscience about taking money from children and then using political shenanigans to never pay it back -- and you want us to send more money to them?
I would rather write a check for $100 to the police and another $100 to the fire department than to see the city throw more money away on maintaining a roadway system that fails to improve moving around Tucson and only provides job security for the companies that half-ass chip-seal and oil-paint the loose gravel that is already there.
As a side note to n7iqv, they may have said they were beautifying Campbell with the tree project, but the reality was there were too many accidents during morning and evening rush hours by individuals using the turn lanes as rush-hour lanes. It was easier to say Were making the roadway pretty than Tucson drivers suck!
Why do I feel like the timing of this is to otherwise fund a wasteful City government that's willing to lose federal funding because (and I don't care what you call it) Tucson is a sanctuary city. That judge's ruling is not going to stand and anyone with half a brain knows that.
If you vote yes to give those stooges more money you're nuts.
The "need" for a sales tax increase is due directly to the failure of the Mayor and Council to focus more on the basics, and less on the special interest programs.
How much did the Stone Avenue and Campbell Avenue tree planter project cost, vs simply resurfacing the existing roadway? What need was there to disrupt left turn traffic on those streets?
How many police cars are approaching 200.000 miles, and why was the money not directed to vehicle replacement programs, while the City "leaders" are tossing money to keep empty oversized buses on the streets?
Do you like the way the City spends money where not necessary, while not keeping Fire trucks on the streets? Go ahead and approve this list of shenanigans. If this makes no sense to maintain the status quo, then
VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 101.
Why is this not a Bond Election rather than a Sales Tax? As the article points out, the 2012 Bond Election Moneys were properly spent.
The problem that I have with the Sales Tax is that from the Beginning of the Year (January 1, 2017) All Sales Tax Collections are now processed through the Arizona Department of Revenue in Phoenix. And we know how much Phoenix and the State want to take the Tucson and Pima County funds to be used in other parts of the State. (Where are all of our HURF Funds?)
Even the Chamber says the City has been spending the Bond Funds properly.
This election should be a Bond Election rather than a Sales Tax Election.
Well, the ultimate reason we have lousy roads is a car culture that is incredibly wasteful and virtually impossible to maintain.
To show how ingrained this culture is, we have the spectacle of the local progressive paper trumpeting the "vital" need to spend 100's of millions more on it. And what are we buying? Cars and trucks for police and fire as well as the roads themselves.
All this in order to cross increasingly long miles of sprawl which looks like everywhere else: mostly covered with asphalt for cars to drive and park.
Vote NO on tax increase. We never get what they promise. Don't be fooled again. This City needs change of leadership.
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