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City Funded Survey Indicates Support of Sales Tax Extension

Monday, April 27, 2009

According to City Manager Steve Norwood, a recent survey conducted by WestGroup Research clearly indicated that the majority of the 700 participants supported the proposed extension of the one cent sales tax for streets and open space.

"Based upon the polling firm's survey, there is strong support for continuing the tax after it sunsets at the end of 2015," added Deputy City Manager, Laurie Hadley.

Hadley said 62 percent of respondents expressed support for the tax, with 32 percent opposed. 4 percent were undecided.

The findings have been forwarded to city council members who will discuss the issue at Tuesday's study session and decide whether to set a sales tax election for Sept. 1.

Other Polling Results

58 percent for sharing revenue between the streets and open space. 38 percent supported the revenue exclusively for street improvements.

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce and citizen groups such as the Open Space Alliance, the Citizens Tax Committee, and the Central Arizona Partnership have expressed support for the extending the tax as well.

Hadley said extending the tax for 20 years would allow the city to borrow money at today's low rates in order to fund for necessary street projects and open space acquisitions.

Prescott City council meetings take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, at Prescott City Hall, 201 S. Cortez St.

To download an official copy of the study session agenda, click here