Pinal County manager blasts Goldwater motion against RTA tax

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 Jake Kincaid | Casa Grande Dispatch

Pinal County officials dispute the claim made by an Arizona think tank that a new road tax is illegal.

Lawyers from the Goldwater Institute filed a motion to prevent Pinal County from collecting transportation excise tax from Proposition 417, which is set to go into effect in April.

“This tax law was badly designed to begin with, but the county has now changed it dramatically,” said Timothy Sandefur, vice president for litigation at the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. “Voters approved a tax on retail sales, but now the county has changed the law so that all sorts of things — everything from jet fuel to restaurants — are now subject to the tax. That’s illegal.”