What is a street maintenance sales tax?
State legislation allows municipalities, with voter approval, to collect a quarter-cent sales and use tax exclusively for the maintenance and rehabilitation of existing public streets and alleys.
How long has Arlington been collecting a sales tax for street maintenance?
Arlington voters originally went to the polls on September 2002 and approved a sales and use tax for street maintenance as a new funding source for ongoing street repair and maintenance. Voters reauthorized the street maintenance sales tax in 2006, 2010 and 2014. Prior to these elections, a fee for street maintenance was collected on the water utility bill.
How much has been collected so far?
To date, approximately $180.9 million has been collected since voters authorized the sales use for street maintenance. Currently, the City collects between $14 million and $15 million a year.
How has the money been spent?
Since sales tax collections began in January 2003, 100 percent of every dollar collected has been dedicated to the street maintenance program. Crack seal programs have been completed on streets to seal the surface and prevent moisture infiltration and deterioration of the roadway. Asphalt milling and reclamation treatments have been done to build new road bases and street surfaces across the 99-square-mile city. The street maintenance sales tax is also used to fill thousands of potholes each year and to remove and replace individual concrete panels that are cracked.
What is the city’s current sales tax rate?
The current sales tax rate is 8 percent. Reauthorizing the street sales tax will not increase the tax rate.
If approved by voters, when will the sales and use tax expire?
If approved by voters on May 5, 2018, the sales and use tax will renew on Jan. 1, 2019. The tax will expire in eight years on Dec. 31, 2026.