Hearing set on proposal for Arizona sales-tax hike

Jul 2, 2012, 12:41 PM | Updated: 12:43 pm

PHOENIX — A judge has scheduled a July 18 hearing on a lawsuit challenging
a state official’s decision to keep a proposed sales-tax increase off Arizona’s
November ballot.

Supporters of the so-called “Quality Education and Jobs Act” are trying to
overturn Secretary of State Ken Bennett’s decision. He said a paperwork flaw
meant that the initiative campaign didn’t submit enough valid signatures.

Supporters contend that the measure should go on the ballot because an
electronic version had the correct text. A printed version
omitted some material.

The measure would increase the state sales tax by one cent. It would take
effect in 2013 when a temporary sales-tax increase expires.

The case is before Judge Robert Oberbillig of Maricopa County Superior Court.

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Hearing set on proposal for Arizona sales-tax hike