Pinal, Goldwater make final arguments to judge on road tax

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By Jake Kincaid | Arizona City Independent

A decision appears to be near on whether Pinal County can move forward with a new half-cent tax to fund major road projects.

Closing briefs and oral arguments were given in Phoenix on the lawsuit against the Pinal Regional Transit Authority and the Arizona Department of Revenue by the Goldwater Institute.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Whitten must make a written decision within 60 days, but attorneys suspect it will be done much sooner, as they say is typical of Whitten.

The Goldwater Institute argued that the tax as written is unconstitutional, only applying to purchases below $10,000. But the plaintiffs added it was not even necessary to consider this because the tax was set to apply to many categories beyond retail, which the county did not hold an election on.