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Legislature wants ballots to detail tax increases

PHOENIX — A bill requiring ballots for municipal and county bond elections
to contain details of the debt and how they’ll increase property taxes has
passed the Arizona House.

Senate Bill 1371 also requires similar disclosures for local sales tax

The Republican-controlled House passed the bill Monday on a 34-22 party-line
vote. It previously passed the Senate but will return there for another vote
because of a House amendment.

The bill is designed to let voters know how much debt municipalities are taking
on and how that will impact their taxes.

For a bond election, the ballot must include an estimate of the amount of
property taxes needed to pay the bond debt and the amount a $100,000 home’s
property taxes would increase.


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