Judge lets Pinal County keep collecting RTA tax

This map shows the different phases of construction projects under the Pinal Regional Transportation Authority./Pinal County


Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents a coalition of property and business owners throughout Pinal County working to bring new transportation infrastructure to the county.

By Kevin Reagan

PHOENIX — A judge has decided to allow Pinal County to keep collecting a transportation tax until an appellate court decides whether it’s legally valid.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Whitten issued a ruling last week that granted Pinal County’s request to continue collecting taxes that could eventually fund various transportation projects.

The Goldwater Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank, filed a lawsuit against the county after voters narrowly passed a proposition in 2017 to fund the Regional Transportation Authority. County officials said the RTA would oversee a series of transportation projects that would be paid through a half-cent sales tax over a 20-year period.