Dan Simon: Why I’m voting against Tucson’s sales-tax increase

Dan Simon: Why I'm voting against Tucson's sales-tax increase

Proposition 101 is a metropolis initiative to lift funding for Tucson’s street restore, Police Division, Hearth Division and paramedic companies. The funding is slated to come back from a 25 % enhance within the metropolis’s sales-tax fee from 2 % to 2.5 %. Undoubtedly, all of those companies are worthy, vital, and essential property for our Tucson neighborhood. For that reason, metropolis politicians have endorsed Prop. 101 with shiny voter data packets, public speeches, rallies, and so forth.
All are championing this proposition by means of rose-colored glasses. Nevertheless, what shouldn’t be talked about is that very actual victims exist if Prop. 101 is accredited: Tucson’s native retailers.
Save for just a few exclusions, any retailer inside Tucson metropolis limits is required to gather and remit metropolis and state gross sales tax. At present these charges quantity to eight.1 % of the sale. This has been an strange enterprise course of for a really very long time. Sadly, the sales-tax system has eroded to grow to be probably the most unfair and discriminating tax in fashionable America.

The issue is that this: By clicking round on the web and discovering retailers positioned exterior of Arizona, a Tucson shopper should buy a $16,700 Canon workplace copy/printer machine, a $21,300 Chevy V8 substitute engine, a $15,950 Viking fridge, a $20,540 Echelon outside barbecue, and a $20,000 Samsung LED TV, all completely free from gross sales tax.
With skinny margins already, each native Tucson retailer is positioned at an insurmountable eight.1 % drawback to out-of-state Web competitors. As a longtime worker at a small Tucson enterprise, I see this taking place each single day.

Whereas our flesh pressers look the opposite approach, Tucson loses hundreds of thousands of of state-shared and sales-tax income yearly due to this loophole. The absurdity of the scenario speaks for itself.

Many different states are actively preventing to get their native companies on a degree enjoying subject. Our metropolis and state politicians are content material to move the buck with regards to addressing the problem. In regard to Prop. 101, growing the gross sales tax is the straightforward approach out for them. It will get the town out of a perceived jam by elevating their collective fingers and asking the voters for a further $250 million. Concurrently, our flesh pressers proceed to point out careless disregard for the jam that their inaction on web gross sales has put Tucson’s retailers in.
Ballots have to be turned in by Could 16. A vote of “no” to Prop. 101 challenges our flesh pressers to lastly act for tax equity. A vote of “no” to Prop. 101 exhibits our flesh pressers that Tucson tax don’t develop on timber. A vote of “no” to Prop. 101 challenges our flesh pressers to lift funding by organically rising their tax base. A vote of “no” to Prop. 101 challenges our flesh pressers to cease taking the straightforward approach out. A vote of “no” to Prop. 101 challenges our flesh pressers to manage their spending in order that gadgets equivalent to bulletproof vests for our law enforcement officials are now not unaffordable.
Lastly, a vote “no” to Prop. 101 prevents an enlargement of what has grow to be probably the most unfair tax in America. Till gross sales tax turns into a good tax, it completely should not be raised.

Dan Simon lives and works in Tucson.