/ Modified mar 27, 2024 5:21 p.m.

Special sales tax election will take place this summer, Mayes says

The purpose of the tax is unspecified.

Kris Mayes SV 1 Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes asked Cochise County residents to share their thoughts on the Kroger and Albertsons merger agreement at the Ethel Berger Center. July 26, 2023.
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Attorney General Kris Mayes has ruled that Tucson can go ahead with a planned election over a new city sales tax, despite a conflict with state law.

Last month, state Senator Rosanna Gabaldón, D-Sahuarita, requested a legal review because state law says that cities can only hold elections for new taxes in November of even-numbered years.

Mayes ruled the election can proceed this week.

“The timing of Tucson’s special election to amend its Charter is a matter of purely municipal concern, even though the proposed amendment concerns a transaction privilege tax,” she wrote.

This is not the first time Tucson’s charter has raised legal questions. Mayes cited both the decision that allowed the city to elect its city council in odd years, and Tucson’s city election strategy in her opinion.

The amount and purpose of the proposed tax remain unclear, but city officials said Mayes’ decision allows them to discuss the details at a future Mayor and Council meeting.

The sales tax election is now scheduled for July 30th.

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