About the Bill

What's being proposed?

In November 2022, voters in Arizona will cast their votes for candidates for United States Senator, Governor, Arizona State Legislature, as well as vote on several statewide and local ballot measures.

One of the issues that may be on the ballot is the continuation of Maricopa County’s existing half-cent sales tax for transportation that was previously passed by voters in 2004.  

Here is the proposal:
“A measure continuing the current transportation sales tax for an additional 25 years to address the regional transportation system by building new freeways, expanding existing freeways with additional access and capacity, constructing streets and intersections, expanding transit by extending the light rail system, increasing the frequency of bus service, and providing additional bus, dial-a-ride, and vanpool services.” 52% of Arizona voters believe Maricopa County is on the right track. 

What do Arizona voters think?

HighGround Inc. 2022 Survey

Maricopa County voters have voted to support this investment twice over the past 40 years. This funding has permitted us to build over 300 miles of new freeways, hundreds of miles of street investments, and funded our first-ever county-wide transit system. 

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70%

of Arizona voters  said they would vote yes to extend   Maricopa County’s half-cent sales tax (Prop. 400 extension) for 25 years. 

62%

52%

of Arizona voters said  we need to continue to invest in our   infrastructure

of Arizona voters said  we need this proposal to keep our   communities safe. 

 

Bill Provisions

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Extends

Provides legislative authorization to place a county-wide ballot to extend   the half-cent sales tax for another 25   years. 

Approves

Prescribes in state statute the process for major changes to the RSTIIP in the future, which  includes a detailed   evaluation and approval process, with   opportunities for public input. 

Creates

 Creates statutes to put into place the   new Regional Strategic Transportation   Infrastructure Investment Plan  (RSTIIP), which guides the allocation of the funding during the 25-year term.

Updates

 Makes administrative updates,  such as to population thresholds, and reorganizes some of the existing Proposition 400-related statutory provisions.

Guarantees

Calls for the RSTIIP to allocate 100% of the sales tax revenues between freeways, roads, and transit. Statutory   floors guarantee a minimum allocation   to freeways/roads and a minimum   allocation to transit. 

Establishes

Affirms the Transportation Policy Committee’s role in the development of, and updates to, the RSTIIP.  Establishes a statutory cap on light rail spending of no more than 14% of sales.