The Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors are considering a number of proposals to generate more cash to pay for the metropolitan area's damaged streets.
Elected officials from local governments have been hearing complaints from drivers, and have spent years explaining that the state is taking road funding intended for distribution to cities and counties and instead using it to pay for other state departments, such the Motor Vehicle Division and the Department of Public Safety.
Tucson is considering asking voters to raise their own taxes to create a new road funding source.
Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik is pushing another option, which involves using Regional Transportation Authority money.
“Ask the voters this: would you like to take 20 percent of the tax you’re already paying for building road capacity and allocate it for road reconstruction?” Kozachik says.
Pima County’s Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is proposing a list of 18 suggestions for finding the money to repave and repair county roads. They include taking money from other departments, asking voters to approve a new tax for roads and lobbying the state to stop funneling road money to other uses.