Friday, February 5, 2010

"Wanna" Pay More State Sales Tax? You'll Get A Chance To Vote

It looks like the citizens of Arizona will get the opportunity to vote on May 18 whether or not there is a 1-cent increase in our sales tax.

Just the other day, the talk was a tax on our food.

Keep your eyes opened. We might soon see a "breathing tax," based on how much time you spend outdoors!

Here's the Az Star article.


Oro Valley Mom said...

The cost of this special election on May 18 will be 8.4 million dollars.

And even in the highly unlikely event that voters approve this tax, the extra billion dollars a year won't even fill one-third of the deficit. Even if we approve this tax, the Governor still wants to cut more than $1.2 billion in education, healthcare, and public safety, all in the next year.

Arizona will be even more dependent on sales taxes than we already are, and we are currently one of the most dependent in the country, a condition that led directly to our fiscal crisis.

K-12 education will be cut by another $750 million next year, leading to class-size increases of 6-10 kids per classroom, and the loss of potentially thousands of teachers.

Over 400,000 people will lose their healthcare in the middle of this recession, including 47,000 children currently on KidsCare.

The Department of Juvenile Corrections will be eliminated, with the entire cost shifted to counties, so expect your county property taxes to go up to pay for Catalina Mountain School and other juvenile correction programs.

Per-pupil funding at our universities will be cut by 25%.

Programs for gifted education, adult education, literacy programs, and all-day kindergarten will be eliminated.

State-shared revenues to cities and towns will continue to decline, so Oro Valley will still face the possiblity of having to lay off personnel, including police officers, and still raise taxes.

Middle-class families and seniors will pay more sales tax while big corporations and wealthier taxpayers will pay less.

House Bill 2250 cuts the business property tax assessment ratio from 20 percent to 15 percent over five years, beginning in 2012, so your property taxes will need to go up to make up the difference.

It also cuts the corporate income tax rate from 6.97 percent to 4.5 percent over four years, beginning in 2011.

On top of that, the Governor's poposal EXEMPTS mining and rock product companies from having to pay the extra tax.

freedom fighters said...

Should I smoke more?