May 2, 2017

Mayor’s Update – May 2, 2017

Proposition 101, Proposed half-cent sales tax for roads & public safety, Special Election May 16, 2017

The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider a temporary half-cent sales tax increase over the next five years. Funds collected would go toward restoring city streets (40% of funds collected) and repairing or replacing emergency response vehicles, facilities and equipment for the Tucson police and fire departments (60% of funds collected). A half-cent sales tax increase is estimated to cost each household member in the City of Tucson approximately $3 per month for five years.

Road Repair

Of the $250 million projected to be collected under Proposition 101, $100 million would be used for road repair. Approximately 60% would be used to restore major streets and the remainder would be used to restore residential streets. A map (below and here) shows the major streets planned for repair. Residential streets would be selected by a citizens oversight commission, which would also oversee Proposition 101 road work.

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Public Safety

The remaining $150 million of the $250 million projected to be collected under Proposition 101 would be used for vehicles, facilities and equipment for the Tucson police and fire departments.

A complete list of public safety expenditures included in the sales tax program can be viewed here. Nearly $55 million is scheduled for public safety vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances, police patrol cars, motorcycles, and other public safety vehicles. Five fire station rebuilds, a new south side police substation, a new southeast side police annex, and a new police academy training track are included in the facilities category. More than $20 million is scheduled for public safety equipment, including firefighter protective gear, police ballistic vests, paramedic cardiac monitors, police body cameras, and laptops. A citizens oversight commission would oversee Proposition 101 public safety expenditures.

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Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the city’s website, here.

Voting Locations

Election Day is Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Ballots must be received by the City Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. To ensure that mail-in ballots are received in time to be counted, they should be mailed no later than Wednesday, May 10th. Ballots can also be dropped off at any city voting location below on Election Day between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Department of Housing & Community Development
301 N. Commerce Park Loop (click for map)

Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center
2160 N. 6th Ave. (click for map)

El Pueblo Senior Center
101 W. Irvington Rd. (click for map)

Morris K. Udall Regional Center
7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd. (click for map)

Parks & Recreation Administration, Randolph Park
900 S. Randolph Way (click for map)

Tucson City Clerk Elections Center
800 E. 12th St. (click for map)

William Clements Recreation Center
8155 E. Poinciana Drive (click for map)

2012 Street Bonds

The 2012 Street Bonds have allowed the city to restore more than 183 centerline miles of city streets, but that program ends in 2018. You can view annual reports showing how funds have been spent here.