Phoenix Transportation Sales Tax Measure Wins On Tuesday's Ballot
Overcoming Republican opposition, "Phoenix voters approved a major boost in transportation funding for new light rail lines, bus expansion and street improvements over the next several decades in Tuesday's election," writes Brenna Goth for The Republic (AZCentral.com).
About 35,000 votes have yet to be counted, or about 26 percent of the total ballots cast. Another update won't come until Friday, according to the City Clerk Department. [Check election results here.]
The city-only measure [PDF], mistakenly described as a Maricopa County measure here earlier, was an affirmation of support for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a staunch advocate of Prop 104, and the city council.
“This is a great night for the future of the city of Phoenix,” Stanton said, referring to the Prop 104 victory. The Democratic mayor, who was also on the ballot, won a second term in a landslide, reports The Republic's Dustin Gardiner,
"Phoenix’s sales tax rate is 8.3 percent and will increase to 8.6 percent Jan. 1 with the transit tax increase," adds Goth.