Lawmakers seek to extend Arizona’s education sales tax with new bill

| February 14, 2018

By Griselda Zetino • KTAR News

PHOENIX — A bill making its way through the Arizona State Legislature seeks to protect funding for public schools.

House Bill 2158 would continue the education sales tax for another eight years. Currently, it generates $643 million a year for Arizona’s K-12 public schools as well as for the state’s public colleges and universities.

State Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Apache Junction, said his bill is designed to “get rid of the fiscal cliff that’s approaching due to the expiration of the education sales tax.” He noted the education sales tax is set to expire in three years, and that’s creating uncertainty among schools.

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