Friday, August 08, 2008

Fight over ballot description of mining severance tax increase

The ballot language for the TIME (Transportation and Infrastructure Moving Arizona's Economy) transportation initiative was rejected last week by a Maricopa County Superior Court judge on the grounds that the description of it was a partisan "editorial comment" rather than an unbiased summary.

The initiative would raise $42.6 billion for transportation and other projects by increasing the Arizona sales tax rate of 5.6% by 1% and raise the state mining severance tax from 2.5% to 3.5%.

The ballot language indicated the sales tax would increase 17.8% and the mining severance tax 40%, which the judge decided is misleading to voters.

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